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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 10 2014 9:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

Thanks for viewing our Kickstarter! Out of all the Kickstarter pages you could be viewing you have decided to watch and learn what we are starting here in Savannah, GA and for that we are grateful!

So here is the deal. Maven Makers takes the concept of a makerspace and turns it into a platform built on economic development, poverty reduction, and talent pool retention that will be both profitable and sustainable. Unfortunately many makerspaces fail because they force the space before the community is ready; our process keeps that from happening through intensive market research and data collection. Like many small communities across the nation, Savannah needs an innovative structure that equips and empowers the community through accessible resources and adaptive learning opportunities. Our space offers more than just access to equipment and tools, it is a community of people, from mavens to novices, all having the opportunity to collaborate together designing, building and conquering each new set of skills and techniques.

Of course none of that is a surprise to you because you have watched (and thoroughly enjoyed I trust) our video! The question that is probably going through your mind is why $25,000? 

When you back our campaign the funds you give will be used in these specific ways:

1. Securing a space - We have compiled data on makerspaces all over the world, we have studied how they operate, what works, and what fails. One very important lesson that we have learned from all this is that you need a physical space! For us, that space centers around the people who will be using it. With 10,000 square feet to get us started and plans to incorporate in a wood shop, metals facilities, a design lab, electronics lab, and more we will be poised to offer the capabilities to do full scale product development and low run production right along side someone building a project just for the joy of it. With your support we can make this space a reality. 

2. Market Validation - With the funds to put money down on the space and all of you fine folks who believe in our project we will have the validation to go before the big investors in order to get what comes with a space: construction, utilities, incorporation fees, insurance, training, labor, rent, equipment, and tools.

If we go above and beyond our goal, it will only aid us in our effort to be able to get the space sooner! 

Our Pledge Offerings!

$5 - A laser cut thank you card! You are awesome and this card will say that. Literally, the card is going to say "You Are Awesome!"

$10 - The above card plus a Swag Bag! Inside the bag (of course it is actually a bag) you'll find a Maven Makers sticker and special edition carabiner tape measure. Do not use for climbing, just measuring. Unless of course you want to measure how high you have climbed; then by all means proceed!

$25 - Card plus a Deluxe Swag Bag! Everything above and a 3D printed keychain so you can show your support while you drive, open doors, and other key related activities.

$50 -Card plus a Super Deluxe Swag Bag! That is right, the bag stays the same but the contents only get better. In addition to all the sweetness above you will also be getting one of our super deluxe Maven Makers T-shirts to show the world "I'm a Maker!" Wear it with pride, and of course while making.

$100 - Start Up Member Package - Everything above plus a 2 month membership to our space! This is not for the spectators, but the people who want to be there when the ribbon is cut and the doors are open. Come get all the benefits of our space for less than half the cost.

$100 - Dinner for Two Package - You will be getting a card, 2 Super Deluxe Swag Bags, and 2 tickets to our appreciation dinner. In order to celebrate the opening of our space we are going to party like it is...well, the day we are finally opening! We will provide the local music, local food, and local libations, and you bring the party!

$150 - Start Up Member and Dinner - Want a membership and a party invitation? This is the package for you. Included is the card, super deluxe swag bag, 2 months of membership, and a ticket to our appreciation dinner. Yep, this is the one for you.

$200 - Start Up Member and Dinner Date - Whoa?! I see you have yourself a date to the party there. Nice job! Have 2 super deluxe swag bags, 2 months of membership (No sharing! It is just for you), and 2 tickets to our appreciation dinner.

$250 - Deluxe Start Up Member and Dinner - Sensing a trend here? With this package you save even more money on the membership with 3 full months of access. In addition to that you will get two swag bags and 3 tickets to the party. 

$500 - Supporting Member - Okay, now you are on your way to become one of my favorite people! A high five is in store for you! What's more is that you will be getting two of those swag bags plus a full 6 months of membership. Six months?! That is enough time to do some serious making, playing, and creating. Imagine the possibilities! In order to show our appreciation of your awesome supportiveness we will also be sliding 5 tickets your way for our appreciation dinner. Normal ticket price = $50. That means for the remaining $250 your getting 6 months of membership at close to $40 per month. Pretty much the best deal ever.

$1000 - Founding Member - YOU ARE OFFICIALLY MY FAVORITE PERSON!!! This literally is the best deal ever. 2 swag bags, a full years membership, and 10 tickets to the appreciation dinner. With that many tickets: you are the party. To show our love even more we will have your name laser engraved on a custom made plaque that will forever hang in the entrance of our space. 

**PLEASE NOTE: All memberships are only available to be used by one person. They must be used consecutively and will start from the day our space opens to the public. We currently anticipate that date to be early 2015.

Back our Kickstarter today! Let's make something together!

A special thank you to everyone that has helped to make all this possible and participated in our summer market research and events!

Risks and challenges

Here is the hard and unfortunate truth. Many makerspaces fail. Why do they, you ask? That is a great question! We spent the past year researching every space we could find and seeing what it is that makes them tick. Over that year we compiled data on over 300 makerspaces around the world. We looked not only at the ones that are working, but also the ones that are barely scrapping by or have already failed. In addition to that we sat down with members of our local maker community and got their insight into what it is that they would want in a space, how they would use it, and why they think Savannah is the perfect launching ground. You can see a sample of these interviews on our website and vimeo page. Lastly we conducted 3 targeted workshops to directly engage our future customers and business and industry strategic partners. With this knowledge and insight, we are confident that what we have built will be successful not only in Savannah, but similar communities across the country.

There is one last question I know you are dying to ask! How do we differentiate ourselves from our competition? Well, it's a two part answer that addresses both the local and national competitive landscape.

Nationally (and even globally in some considerations) makerspaces are known under two giants in the field: TechShop and FabLab. TechShop, the largest makerspace franchise, is a for profit business modeled towards large cities across the United States. Fablab is the non-profit angle to a similar model across the globe. We are seeking to market our space towards smaller cities and provide scalable growth where the larger TechShops will not venture because it is too risky for their model.

Locally, Savannah is a growing community of makers and creatives. We have one declared makerspace which is geared towards game developers and hobbyist as well as many smaller entities looking to bring people and skill sets together. We do not think this will hinder us, but only help launch us forward. So much so that in the coming months we are seeking to bring all of these spaces together to build a coalition around these groups so that we all will have greater liability protection and greater initiative as a city to breed makers! With that model in place, Savannah will be known the world over as a place of collaboration and community targeted growth.

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