Student innovators with bright ideas were not in short supply at the BYU Venture Factory Club. But something that was missing was a place to develop their fresh ideas. So Venture Factory advisor Justin Zsiros put together a plan to create the perfect space for these young entrepreneurs—the Maker Space.
“Whenever you’re developing products, you need to interact with and meet people who are like minded,” Zsiros said. “And you need a place to cross paths.”
Opened since May, the Maker Space is a modern, professional area in 270 Crabtree Technology Building (CTB) for students to brainstorm, plan, and prototype their ideas. The room boasts three 3D printers, soldering equipment, a circuit board prototyping machine, and, not to mention, an X Box and flat-screen TV.
“The printers are almost always being used,” Zsiros said. “It enables the students to prototype and experiment.”
Several ventures are in the works at the Maker Space on any given day. Venture Factory member Ian Nelson is developing a shoe brand exclusive to gamers.
“It’s given me a place to think and work,” Nelson said. “It’s a great opportunity to have access to equipment and technologies.”
To develop your next big idea at the Maker Space, sign up to become a member of the Venture Factory Club here. Students of all majors are welcome.
Alex Burch, Zoë Wagstaff