We've already begun receiving applications and offers to provide services to our tenants, which is AWESOME!
However, we've also encountered a few questions and confusions. So, to clarify:
- Makervillage is a set of six historic properties on Clocktower hill which are for rent by individuals and businesses seeking to launch a new product, grow, or otherwise, conduct business for profit.
- Makervillage itself is a not-for-profit entity functioning as the Master Tenant for all of the properties and subleasing them, providing GigNet connectivity and needed cabling within each space, and working with other utilities to make move-in as easy as possible for a start-up or growing business.
- Makervillage will be owned by the member businesses and individuals paying rent and as such the work that is done as a group will be up to its members. An example: depending on the kinds of businesses that end up moving into Makervillage, they may choose to host a hackathon as a group, offer training to students, advocate for broadband policy, or simply do nothing but co-exist and each pursue their own business growth.
- Submitting an application is the first step to being selected. Makervillage will work directly with selected applicants to obtain additional material needed before a lease is extended.
Hopefully, this clears up your questions. If there are other questions, please feel free to post them in the comments below and we'll try to get them answered as quickly as possible.