Have you ever thought about starting your own business or inventing a new product, but are in need of support and guidance to bring your idea to life? Take advantage of the free-to-use collaborative makerspace on Digbeth High Street, STEAMhouse.
STEAMhouse is a new centre for innovation and creation. It unites talented people from different backgrounds in the arts, science, technology, engineering and maths to bring amazing new ideas to life. It is a melting pot of technology, workspace and business support where your ideas can be paired with experts.
Here’s what you need to know:
What’s on offer?
The Production Space is an in-house makerspace where you can prototype, make and fabricate. There are four different workshops: wood, metal, print and digital. Games@STEAMhouse can also help with ‘gamifying’ your business.
Who is the space for?
Artists, creative, makers, inventors, entrepreneurs, developers, businesses and craftspeople.
Can I get help?
Yes, there are 5 technicians available to help get you started and will guide you throughout your journey. There is a dedicated technician for each workshop in wood, metal, print and digital and they can give you all the skills you need to bring your idea to life.
What kind of things have previously been made at STEAMhouse?
There are lots of different hubs of art which have been created. From a UV LED water sterilisation unit, to sculptures of body parts made from the 3D printing of negative space, to high-end leatherwear. STEAMhouse truly is the melting pot of creativity.
Do I need to bring my own materials?
There is a limited range of materials which are available to use. However, it is necessary to buy some of your own materials. STEAMhouse can offer support and guidance about which suppliers are trusted.
Can I get funding to help pay for materials?
Yes, STEAMhouse offer grants of £2,500 to selected SMEs and sole traders for materials and prototypes.
Can I get business support?
If you’ve never run your own business there’s information about how you can take your product to market and you can receive free tailored business support. There are also Business Development, Action Planning and Design Thinking workshops; skills development sessions; Masterclasses led by industry experts; Intellectual property advice; and access to markets and finance.
Do you have any advice for people coming in?
Come with good ideas and an open mind.
What’s the process of joining?
Visit the website and fill in the Project Proposal. Explain what you want to do and why STEAMhouse can help. This will be reviewed and will follow with an assessment meeting.
How long is the membership at STEAMhouse once a project is accepted?
10AM – 5PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
2PM – 8PM Wednesday
What’s the catch?
There is absolutely no catch, you really can use their services for free.
STEAMhouse was created in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England, driving innovation and research for major long-term growth across the regions.
Sound like it’s captured your entrepreneurial imagination? Apply to join for free at https://www.steamhouse.org.uk/blog/register/
Undecided? Check out the STEAMhouse events page and take a tour: www.steamhouse.org.uk/events