Since 2007, the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center has been a Business Incubator for startup companies looking to make their mark on the world. We are designed to meet the needs of expanding businesses and offer private office spaces, large office spaces (550 sq. ft.), and Wet Labs. Peoria NEXT also offers Affiliate Memberships for companies that need a mailbox and internet access, but are not currently in need of a private office.

The research laboratories at Peoria NEXT are the only Wet Labs for supporting startups in a 90-mile radius.

Our collaborative environment allows you to share knowledge and resources with fellow researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs looking to transform new technologies and innovations into thriving enterprises.

Its not just space – we offer substantial entrepreneurial support individually and through our community partners.


Chris Youngmark

Interim Director

In March 2024, Mr. Youngmark became the Director of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center.

Mr. Youngmark brings Entrepreneurial experience as a Business Owner, Assistant Director of the Illinois SBDC at Bradley University, and State of Illinois Community Navigator. Chris manages the overall operations of Peoria NEXT and enjoys facilitating the commercialization of the region’s incredible technology as well as mentoring business owners and students. Chris works tirelessly to support the Peoria NEXT family and Central Illinois!

Karen Smallberger


With 13+ years experience at Peoria NEXT, Karen is a friendly and familiar face for all of our visitors and is the life blood that keeps the innovation center running smoothly.



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Serving The Needs Of Peoria’s Startups


Free 1GB fiber internet & secure Wi-Fi


Labs built to support biotech & bioanalysis


Business address with secure mailroom


24/7 building access with security badging system

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