Generating Income from Courses at Makerspaces

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The problem is…

How to get makerspaces to be economically viable.

The proposed solution might apply when…

Makerspace management is interested in developing one strand of activity as a commercial venture. There are people who work in the makerspace who are sufficiently competent and are available for running courses. Good facilities exist for running courses. There is demand and not too much competition in the local context.

The solution proposed is…

Running paid courses using the resources of the Makerspace.

The expected outcome is…

Generated income contributes to make the makerspace economically self-sufficient. Running courses is quite time consuming and can use space and facilities needed by regular members.

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Rationale

Makerspaces generally have people with expertise and the resources can be under utilised. There is interest in learning how to use these tools, which provides an opportunity for generating revenue from running them. Involving new people through courses may drive membership. How far can commercial activities be accommodated within the DiDIY ethos?

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Evidence/Examples

Cases from Betahaus in Berlin, e.g, http://academy.betahaus.com/program/rapid-prototyping Factors that contribute to the solution / Influencing factors: Competition for internal resources among members. Improving competences possibly generating new projects. Contributing to the local economy by providing access to training.

Related Patterns

Alternative patterns include: Consultancy; Cafe; Individual programmes; Hosting public events; Hiring facilities for corporate events; Public money through grants and awards; Incubator programmes

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