Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017

"DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center has added its name alongside more than 90 music and film start-ups by claiming space inside the arts-focused Old Irving Park tech incubator 2112, university officials announced Tuesday." Full Article

Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017

DePaul University is joining innovation hub 2112, the first university to formally join the space on Chicago’s Northwest Side that focuses on business development in music, video, film and creative technologies. 2112, launched in 2015, operates out of the 160,000-square-foot Fort Knox Studios. DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is leading the university’s newly announced membership there, though the School of Music, College of Law and the College of Computing and Digital Media will also be able to use 2112 resources. Full Article

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017

The future of Chicago’s entertainment industry is taking shape in an overlooked industrial corridor nestled along the Kennedy Expressway in Portage Park, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. “I don’t think anyone would know this is here,” Emanuel said. “This is definitely a pearl in the oyster of Chicago.” Full Article

Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

"Tonight, the folks over at 2112 — Chicago’s hub for innovation and tech in the entertainment industry — will celebrate the organization’s one year anniversary. And what a year it’s been." Full Article

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"The music business incubator at Fort Knox Studios is rocking." In the year it’s been running in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood, 2112 has programmed 75 education sessions, held a music hack-a-thon that drew 100 participants and hosted international trade delegations, and taken its act on the road to South By Southwest. “Looking at what’s been done in the past year, I can’t image what this is going to be in five years; what this is going to be in 10 years,” said 2112 director Scott Fetters. Well, with Fort Knox’s recent launch of The Hangar, a 7,200-square-foot film and video production space, it’s getting into the video and movie business. The goal: To support small filmmakers. Full Article

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

“Chicago, meanwhile, has recently jumped into the music incubator game with 2112, a privately funded hub for music-focused tech startups that occupies 20,000 square feet of Fort Knox Studios, a 160,000-square-foot former factory building. The remaining space is taken up by band rehearsal spaces, recording studios and office space for managers, entertainment lawyers and other music-related professionals.” Full Article

Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2015

“Chicago is ideally positioned to become one of the foremost music cities in the country, If we can create an environment where music businesses and music-aligned businesses are working together every day, not only can we catch up, we can develop something that no other city has.” Full Article

Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015

“Last year, the founders established an incubator, called 2112 (the name inspired by an epic Rush song) for music, film and technology startups, under the direction of Scott Fetters, whose resume also includes music and business.” Full Article

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

“Fort Knox is in the process of building its own incubator, modeled after Chicago’s 1871 tech incubator. The incubator model relies heavily on mentorship and mutual learning. The goal is for musicians, music industry insiders, and technology entrepreneurs to co-locate and interact, creating a community and a common language. The ultimate outcome, according to Nielsen, would be a new template for how to develop a business in the music industry.” Full Article

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“The popularity of Fort Knox has grown almost entirely organically, with the company doing next to no advertising outside of the occasional Craigslist post. And while it’s relatively young, Fort Knox has already housed musicians like Jennifer Hudson, Patti LaBelle and Kings of Leon, who recently popped in to work on some material before their headlining Lollapalooza set this summer.” Full Article

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