mHUB and the University of Chicago have opened a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects and programs to participate in a $100M regional proposal for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC).

The $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge will provide a transformational investment to 20-30 regions across the country to support economic revitalization that advances equity across the country. The Chicago region is well positioned to grow the Clean Tech Economy industry cluster through new collaborations and investments in planning, infrastructure, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce, and economic development.

The aim for this RFP is to identify 3 to 8 proposals to investup to $100 million over 24 to 48 months in a comprehensive coordinated effort to grow the Illinois Clean Tech Economy. Selected project leaders and their key partners will form the coalition of eligible entities that commit to working together to apply to the BBBRC and to build and expand the competitive regional growth cluster in an inclusive way.

Important Dates

Release of RFPSeptember 9, 2021

Informational Webinar Session I (Recorded Video Below)September 15, 2021

Informational Webinar & FAQ
Session II
September 20 - 12pm CT

Proposals DueSeptember 26, 2021

Initial Notifications ProvidedOctober 4, 2021

Full Coalition Proposals Due

October 19, 2021

*Additional Office Hours are available with Haven Allen of mHUB and Juan de Pablo of the University of Chicago. Scheduling instructions are included in the RFP.

Included in the Request for Proposal are the following documents:

Exhibit A – Lead Organization Background
Exhibit B – RFP Schedule of Events
Exhibit C – Clean Tech Coalition Overview
Exhibit D – General Project Overview
Exhibit E – Proposal Guidelines
Exhibit F – Eligible Entities
Exhibit G – Selected Project’s Expectations
Exhibit H – Important Supporting Documents
Exhibit I – Estimated Project Timeline


Submissions are due no later than 12:00 pm CT on Sunday, September 26, 2021 and are to be submitted as one (1) electronic copy to

  See the Slides from the 9/15/21 Informational Webinar

  Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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