Whether in business projects or creative independent endeavors, people work best when they work together. This is definitely what the folks over at StartHUB had in mind when they began work on their new makerspace, set to open July 1.
Located on the fifth floor of the Citizens Building, the makerspace consists of 2000 square feet and is full of materials that encourage learning, interactivity, and creativity. It will contain 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, and all sorts of expensive machinery that will be open for the public to use after they take an educational safety class. There are also call rooms, window seats, standing desks, and a conference room that can be rented.
In addition to the machinery, the new makerspace also boasts an open space that can be used for events. They plan to host a variety of events throughout each week, such as educational TED Talks and social gatherings.
Founder’s Club membership fees are available for $25 a month, but only for the first 25 people. For everyone else, a monthly membership will be $45, and provides full 24/7 access to the makerspace, co-working space, and even free coffee. Day passes will also be available.
“We want to make it a hub for those one-off, side-gig organizations not many people know about,” Liz Hannum, founder and director of StartHUB said. “By putting them in the same place, they can feed off each other and give each other business.”
To make the makerspace the best it can be, StartHUB will need a little help from the community. To do this, they are launching a Kickstarter with a funding goal of $10,000. Rewards for donating include membership, classes, stickers, and all kinds of things depending how much you choose to donate. The Kickstarter can be found at www.starthubsd.com/kickstarter. //— Becca Simon