Innovation Factory Floor: A Wonderful New BizHub!
Okay, first things first – as you will most likely already know, I’m very involved with our Hamilton startup community and our RIC, the MIPs based Innovation Factory over on Longwood Road. As such a supporter, it’s been my pleasure to have tried to help them keep up that “head of steam” momentum that is led by Ron Neumann and his great staff and yup, there’s something new too!
The Innovation Factory Floor is a brand new innovative co-creation space that is named the “Don Pether Business Incubation Centre” that is run in colloboration with the Xerox Centre of McMaster and it is a beautiful new business hub that is waiting for it’s new startups to join in.
And yes, I’ve already done just that on behalf of our Snappay startup, an Innovation Factory client and we’ve rented a desk there on a full-time basis. So we’re in…but you wonder should you maybe take part too?
Well, beginning May 1st, Factory Floor will be open daily from 8:00am – 4:00pm, with optional 24/7 access for full-time users…and it offers free coffee, copying and collaborating with 16 unique seats and meeting room availability. We’ve been in there now for about 10 days maybe and we know that the IF Factory Floor is experiencing an overwhelming response to this new space! Many of their clients and potential clients are interested in checking out this bizhub clubhouse, but some are not quite sure if the open environment is for them! No problem! Innovation Factory is offering a 30day free trial to all those who reserve space during the month of May. Experience the collaboration and convenience of MIP with no commitment….how’s that for a deal…and you can check out more here too!
And I do love same. Last week, I met two new Xerox folks who had their own startups launching; I sat in on a Cafe If with Mark Elliot on Fundamentals of B2B Sales Strategy and worked on our own Snappay items too. I love very much the “openess” of the room and the fact that I can code in my own space and not be disturbed if I don’t want to be….that’s a really cool thing with co-creation spaces….you can be a part of the whole or not…choice is up to you, eh!
Then, don’t miss the IF exciting Summer line-up moving to WEDNESDAYS, 2-4pm with iced coffee and tea! The Innovation Factory are also looking to roll out several topic-specific peer-to-peer groups after our summer series of Café iFs so stay tuned! You can also always learn more over at the IF blog here too…
And lastly, Wednesday, May 23rd is a day you don’t want to miss! Make yourself available for all-day fun at MIPs with the IF extremely popular Lunch & Learn is featuring Juan Lopez of Pipeline Studios discussing global competition for Hamilton businesses from 11am -1pm, and yes the Factory Five is on our own Snappay startup too ( you will not want to miss that, eh!) and all are followed by dessert and networking at Factory Floor.
And as part of their Wednesday open houses, all the IF Ln’L guests are invited upstairs to check out the space and see who’s who!
If you’ve got a drop-in or full-time membership, this is a day you’ll want to be at your desk as they’ve also invited a representative from RIM coming in to make a special presentation to Innovation Factory’s Factory Floor!
Yup, I’ll be there….you?Google