Makerspace Business Operations by laura Laura Ulibarri


Many makerspaces are run by passionate makers but who lack business experience.


Tags: business-operations

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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
Many makerspaces are run by passionate makers but who lack business experience.
Category
broad category of impact
business-operations
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
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Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • good business operations give makerspaces credibility within the philanthropic, business, scientific, manufacturing, government, etc. communities
  • makerspaces become more vibrant fixtures in their local communities
  • more impactful outcomes from makerspaces—focus can be on producing meaningful outcomes vs day-to-day survival
  • more diverse makerspaces representing underserved communities
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • some spaces have technical skills, but not skills at marketing
  • one size does not fit all—makerspaces need to adapt to the culture, needs and skills of their community—what works in silicon valley unlikely to work in rural farming community
  • fears that bureaucratic business practices will hamper the innovative culture, need to remain pure to the ethos of experimentation and creativity, including in how you operate a makerspace
  • “not invented here” syndrome
  • lack of business experience by founders
  • upfront costs (time, energy, money for professional services)
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
Statement POC
name and contact info
Laura Ulibarri
Comments
  Name Solicitation # Amount Max Deadline Score
Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDAP2016 $3,000,000 March 2, 2027, 8:50 p.m. 63
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 61
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 15-599 $1,200,000 Aug. 9, 2017, 8:17 p.m. 61
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 61
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 59
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 59
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 58
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 57
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 47
Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling the Future of Making to Catalyze New Approaches in STEM Learning and Innovation 15-086 $300,000 Dec. 15, 2016, noon 36
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 34
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 27

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