The Community Solutions Incubator believes in the power of social innovation and creativity to address our community’s most significant challenges. And we believe that local community members are best able to identify our unique problems and offer effective solutions.
At the Community Solutions Incubator, emerging and young nonprofit entrepreneurs are able to pilot their ideas and create supporting structures alongside other social innovators in a well-resourced co-working space, receiving hands-on mentorship and guidance from some of the area’s most successful community leaders in a variety of fields and disciplines. Networking opportunities, workshops, and seminars — along with limited access to financial support — creates a generative and innovative environment in which the next generation of community leaders and organizations will emerge, not only strengthening our local community but potentially producing replicable programs across the nation.
Our Founding Partners
Business Elevator CU
Business Elevator CU is actively elevating an ecosystem from the ashes; around the community landmarks, Fredrick Douglass Community Center & Park, King Park, and the surrounding neighborhoods in Champaign-Urbana. As we transform the environment and the thought processes, weaving targeted neighborhood pockets together, we are intentionally shifting from focusing on the lack of opportunities in the “North End,” into constructing roadmaps for future generations of entrepreneurs and enterprises to RISE into “North Town,” the community and micro-hub (business district) by providing the Entrepreneur Coaching Academy with the supporting elements of the “Elevate” micro-loan initiative and the future “BE Elevated” community incubator.
The Family Room
The Family Room was founded with the mission of providing comfort and joy to children in transition and foster families. Through “New Home Kits” The Family Room supports children as they enter a new home and helps families handle the immediate needs of children entering their homes. These kits include clothing, personal hygiene products, necessities such as bottles and formula, and items of comfort such as stuffed animals, phone chargers, and journals. Our organization is actively working with local foster care agencies, local business and organizations to meet the needs of foster children and families in Champaign County.
Inspiring girls, 7 to 10 years of age, to be active in STEM.
Prairie Dragon Paddlers
Inspiring hope and contributing to the well-being of breast cancer survivors while increasing awareness of breast cancer, promoting wellness, and working with the health care community to improve care.