|A "Football Academy" for 3D Printing Businesses|
| Posted on 16/05/2014 - 08:44|
To use 3D printing as a catalyst to create an alternative community centric business culture; and organise facilities that are conducive for starting up maker/manufacturing businesses. To Meet - To Learn - To Do
Many academic, government and private organisations are supporting initiatives to encourage entrepreneurial activity. This renaissance is being helped by its popularisation in the media via television programs such as ‘The Apprentice’ & ‘Dragons Den’. However, the role of entrepreneur is not for everyone! It is far too risky for many and it needs a set of skills many of us do not possess; also the long hours, sense of isolation and reward expectations and realities, can also be a major put off to starting up and running a business. The challenge is to encourage and support anybody wanting to test and develop a 'viable' idea into a sustainable business; to find the complementary skills and knowledge they need; and primarily make it a sociable, interesting and meaningful activity.
We define business as whatever we have to do as people to survive and preferably thrive.
We create an environment where ideas can be discussed and advice sought from people who have experience and where individuals have access to resources, to test ideas with minimal risk to themselves and their supporters.
We can deliver solutions as an 'academy' and our strategy is to use 3D printers to start small manufacturing businesses which will eventually grow with the academy's guidance.
Like a 'football academy' which can inspire and skill up individuals and create teams that play regularly; the aim is to do the same for start up businesses.
For this to work the environment, culture and operating principles have to be setup correctly and managed, this is what we are developing.
Target group and social impact
Anybody prepared to follow the aims and philosophy of our organisation, who want to start or be involved in creating business. We want to make business a social experience that builds communities, self help and sustainability. We want to integrate 'relevant' education into the process of doing business, and focus it on business needs and make it accessible to everyone; in bite sized formats as and when needed. We want to balance the collaborative aspects of working together with the competitiveness of testing skills and ideas to overcome the inevitable challenges we all face. We want to help people create a portfolio of business activities, starting with several micro-businesses to test ideas and find the best ideas that will flourish. We want 'crowd innovation'.
Competences of the applicant
The applicant has worked in IT for over 30+ years for multi-national companies; and attended university recently, studying part-time towards an MSc in e-Business. It is this experience that inspired the applicant that there was a better way to start up and run businesses. The "#3DPrinting Network Manchester" was co-founded by the applicant to research and test the concept being proposed.
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