THE BRONX - A new IT innovation lab designed to help small business owners has officially opened in the Bronx.

The IT Innovation Lab at CUNY on the Concourse held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to open the lab, which has been a year in the making.

The idea behind the lab is to recruit raw IT talent in the Bronx who can partner with small businesses in the community.

The founders of the innovation lab say that their goal is to create a tech hub that can rival those that have populated parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the official opening of the lab, but it has actually been used as part of a pilot program over the course of the summer. That program was only open to Lehman College students, but there are plans to expand it to anyone looking to break into the IT field.