RENNOVATE TO INNOVATE - Help Manitobans Bring Their Ideas to Life!
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Something exciting is happening in Manitoba, and you’re just in time to get involved in the building of something truly great!
Do you have the next big idea for a new kitchen product but no idea how to get it to market, or a mobile App that everyone needs, or perhaps you’re a business looking for rapid prototypes but don’t have the equipment to get ahead of your competition?
Did you know that there is a place you can access over 1 million dollars of state-of-the-art equipment, expertise, and facilities right in the heart of Winnipeg’s exchange district to make those products accessible to all for as little as $75/month?
This is what AssentWorks and Ramp Up Maniotba offer!
A not for profit, community-driven, 100% volunteer-based fabrication, rapid prototyping, and business acceleration facility for entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and businesses.
In one spot you’ll find laser cutters, 3D printers, metal and wood shops, rent-by-the-desk office space, mentorship, and so much more. You have to see it to believe it! (PS, you’re invited every Tuesday night to visit the space for an open-house tour!)
We’re asking for your support to build on the successes we have had so far and help us take it to the next level in our Phase 2 build-out.
WHAT HAVE WE ALREADY DONE?
PHASE 1 – PROTOTYPING AND EXECUTION: Manitobans should be proud!
Phase 1 of AssentWorks was housed in a 4000 square foot workshop where we worked together with businesses across Manitoba to build an accessible environment where anyone one could come get access to a comprehensive, but rudimentary set of tools to develop rough prototypes. Our initial capabilities included 3D printers, induction molding, CNC equipment, metal and work working equipment and hand tools.
Since AssentWorks has opened its doors in October of 2011, we have helped over create over 150+ new ideas, products and businesses developed right here in Manitoba. This creates new jobs for Manitobans, new businesses paying taxes and new opportunities for artists to create something special in our community. Having learned what the space is capable of, listening to our membership, and keeping our eye on new tooling, we are ready to take our next step.
Phase 1 of Ramp Up Manitoba followed the same mantra we support for startups building a business. Hack together a prototype, see if there’s a demand, and then iterate like crazy. We provide opportunities for collision between entrepreneurs, developers, and designers focused on increasing the number of technology startups in Manitoba. Our goal is to connect marketable ideas with the talent needed to launch them, and resource access to fuel growth. We started with regular meetups to share ideas and meet like-minded individuals, added in Startup Weekends to give entrepreneurs, makers, developers, and designers an outlet to rapidly prototype their own ideas over a weekend, and listened intently to what the community needed to grow.
Bringing good things together – In 2012, AssentWorks and Ramp Up Manitoba combined into a single entity to offer a comprehensive range of services and capabilities that will change the way we look at startups in our Province.
WHAT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO!
PHASE 2 - RENNOVATE TO INNOVATE: Where does it take us?
- Provide access to specialized prototyping equipment to a greater population of Manitobans
- Provide the capability to create ready-to-manufacture prototypes to a greater population of Manitobans
- Provide a community of support for entrepreneurs, developers, and designers focused on increasing the number of technology startups in Manitoba
- Leverage provided assets to enhance other organizational offerings including skills transfer and education opportunities
- Leverage provided assets to enhance inter-organizational engagement including accessibility, skills transfer and education opportunities regarding entrepreneurship and rapid prototyping.
- Complete the building of our new co-working Startup Space which provides affordable office space for promising young technology startups.
HOW WILL YOUR CAMPAIGN SUPPORT GO TO WORK?
Love is just not quite enough to continue to build our world-class facility! There are a lot of costs that your support will be used towards as the facility grows. In addition to directly supporting the project goals above, we intend to fund:
- Safety equipment/measures for supervised school outings to the facility
- Equipment for facilitating classes and presentations
- Service equipment required for the prototyping machines (Private industry & Government have funded major the major equipment, we will aquire the specialized tools to maintain them)
I WANT TO BE PART OF PUTTING MANITOBA ON THE MAP!
First off, thank you. From our membership and community of volunteers who pour so many hours into building a more innovative Manitoba every day we appreciate your support! When you help fund our project, you’ll receive these great perks listed on the page here --->
BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE (ways to help)!
AssentWorks and Ramp Up Manitoba are 100% volunteer run organization. Would you like to help out in some way? Check out our website and get involved! We’d love to have you join in.
And no, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or know how to use the equipment to pitch in! (Calling all book keepers, accountants and lawyers!)
Are you a business who has something they could donate? Materials, machinery, skilled labour, free advice? We’ll take it! For example, we're in need of HVAC & Ventilation supplies, CNC related supplies, furniture, flooring, professional labor to help finish the current build out.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a representative will gladly work with you to understand how you can make a difference.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND PLEASE PASS ON OUR CAMPAIGN!
- The AssentWorks/Ramp Up Manitoba team