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(Janesville, WI) By Maria Nelesen, Gazette

One tenant already has moved into the city’s new business incubator, and two more are working to finalize agreements.

That’s “very good news” for Janesville, said Mike Mathews, the incubator’s operation manager.

The Janesville Innovation Center on the city’s south side at 2949 Venture Drive opened earlier this year.

Novak Networx moved in April 1.

The technology vendor is owned by Robert Novak III, a Janesville resident. The company sells information technology consulting, web design and spam filtering services.

The innovation center offers both office and manufacturing suites for businesses looking to expand. It also provides access to technical and business support.

Novak’s company is a perfect fit for the incubator, Mathews said.

Novak recently began his business in his home and decided the company needed space to grow, according to a city news release.

“The (innovation center) provides a professional environment to meet with clients while also offering me access to technical and business support to assist in further growing my business in Janesville,” Novak said in a city release.

It also will provide space if he needs to hire additional employees, he said.

The company was recently featured in a Gazette article because it is involved with installing and running closed-circuit television at the courthouse featuring the names of Rock County’s most-wanted criminals, missing people and other local public safety announcements.

A number of companies have expressed interest in the incubator since it opened, Mathews said, and he expects more announcements in the near future.

Novak, who signed a one-year lease with an option to extend, occupies 189 square feet.

The rent schedule shows the space renting for $260 a month. That includes phone, Internet, utilities, taxes and office furniture.

For questions about Janesville’s Innovation Center, contact Mathews at 608-206-7121 or go to the city’s website at




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