But where do all the regional inventors come from? From Valparaiso Makerspace of course!
If this statement is still a fiction, the entire team of the place works every day to turn it into reality. And to achieve this, the steps are clearly defined:
- Support entrepreneurs in the realization of their prototypes
- Encourage students to take advantage of their thesis to research and innovate
- Identify and give to unknown inventors a place to experiment and to develop their ideas
Located in the basement of the PUVC University of Valparaiso, this discreet and marginal space belongs to a project that goes beyond the border of this school. It was created at the end of 2015 as part of a collaborative program between 3 Universities, called “Ingeneria 2030”, to fit the need of PUVC incubator, Chrysalis, to have a prototyping space allowing entrepreneurs to confirm their business assumptions and to ensure the viability of their solutions.
Since then, the success of this program, directly correlated to the impact of the makerspace, has allowed developing a business and innovation direction within the University. It enabled to integrate progressively the digital fabrication within the university curriculum, to develop the students’ entrepreneurial mindset and to foster interdisciplinary and innovative projects.
Their goal for the future:
- to encourage and support sustainable development projects beyond entrepreneurs,
- to foster multi-disciplinary thesis for students,
- to attract inventors among citizens.