WHAT IS MAKERVILLAGE?
Our mission is to support the growth of creative and tech-driven entrepreneurs and artisans.
We believe that democratized technology and do-it-yourself culture of the Maker Movement disrupts every industry and creates countless opportunities for people of all kinds to grow sustainable businesses. Our community exists to nurture startups and innovators with access to resources, including physical space, equipment, infrastructure, democratized financing tools, as well as educational and inspiring events.
Our members may include creative firms or consultants, artisan retailers, or technology businesses — our commonality is in our approach and beliefs. We are challenged and inspired by each other, and when possible, we look for ways to collaborate with one another, recognizing the increased value we can provide to our customers as an unstructured team.
Makervillage is the economic gardening instrument of Northwest Georgia.
While economic development efforts traditionally focus on recruitment of large employers to a region, economic gardening works from the ground up focused on creating employers from within the community through entrepreneurship and artisan productivity. Rather than seeking one employer of 1,000, we are working to create 100 employers of ten.
We believe this kind of complementary community development makes our local economy more diversified and therefore, more stable. And while recruitment often produces big wins for a community, it often comes at the expense of another community within the state or elsewhere. Economic gardening, on the contrary, creates opportunity without subtracting elsewhere.
The 7hills Makerspace on Broad Street was founded in 2011 and quickly became a lightning rod for creative people to find each other, collaborate, share, learn and inspire each other. In the midst of those collaborations, ideas and projects faced commercialization opportunities and we saw the ways the makerspace could help grow small business if partnered with some vital resources like advanced broadband infrastructure and real estate that reduced the risk of early stage failure. Three anchor tenants were identified – SAI Digital, Brand Red Studios, and Civitium – which justified the undertaking of investment in the project. Members grew organically and amongst a diverse set of industries.