About Innovation Hub
The Innovation Hub was founded in March 2020 by President Ellen Neufeldt, less than one year into her tenure as president. President Neufeldt’s commitment to encouraging social mobility and innovation was the catalyst for the Innovation Hub. As the nexus for innovation in the community, the Innovation Hub serves the Innovation Ecosystem at CSUSM, a diversely intuitive group of programs that further the missions of the university and community to solve complex social problems alongside faculty and industry leaders.
On April 5th 2022, the community gathered to observe the Innovation Hub’s official grand opening with a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Although being a new space on-campus, the Innovation Hub’s reach has been expansive. The Innovation Hub has hosted numerous events such as Start-up Week, the “Shark Tank” themed Quick Pitch competition, among numerous other events with community/campus groups.
The Innovation Hub, in addition to being a nexus for social innovation and the innovation ecosystem, provides a wide array of opportunities for the community. During the fall semester, students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, attend guest speaker series' and participate in research to solve real-world problems. To that end, the Innovation Hub is also equipped with professional prototyping equipment such as numerous 3D printing devices which will be available for use this fall.
The Innovation Hub is located in the Extended Learning Building, Suite 102. The Extended Learning building is the largest academic building on campus. The Extended Learning building, in addition to housing numerous academic programs, is located in the heart of the North City, one of the city’s newest mixed-use developments. North City is located in the heart of the CSUSM student housing communities of Block C and the Quad.
Parking is conveniently available in Parking Structure 2, within walking distance of the Innovation Hub. Parking structure (PS2) is located adjacent to the Extended Learning Building. The 1st and 2nd floors of the parking structure are reserved for retail visitors and have a time limit of 90 minutes. The 3rd through 5th floors require a valid CSUSM parking permit but also open to retail visitors between 6pm and 2am with a time limit of 90 minutes. Street parking is also available around the Extended Learning Building. Additional parking details can be found on the Parking Services webpage.
Complementary Wi-Fi is available to guests of the Extended Learning building.
The Innovation Hub is open from 10am - 4pm, Monday through Thursday.