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Matt Cho (Cake Design Development)

Innovation: Economic Development Impact Award

Matt Cho specializes in collective mixed-use development in downtown Urbana. Using real estate as a vehicle for business incubation, Cake Design Development has provided infrastructure for numerous food/drink, retail, and media startups - which include: [co][lab], Cafeteria & Company, Sipyard, Broadway Food Hall, Analog Wine Library, Bento, King Kuma, Adjacency, and Urbanalove. Currently Matt is working on his next startup, which will focus on microhousing research, design, and fabrication. Prior to returning to his hometown in Urbana, Matt was an Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. and has obtained Master degrees in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Information Systems and Bachelors in Bioengineering from the Johns Hopkins University.