DMM.Make AKIBA gathers a team of 65 people, including 25 “mentor engineers”. This number ensures the run of the facility 24/7.
Every week, workshops are delivered on machine uses, prototyping, 3D printing, sensors… They are available to anyone (even non members). Companies are also allowed to set up their own workshops, to present and train startups on the use of their technology for example.
The basic membership provides access to the co-working space and makerspace. Based on demand, DMM.Make provides consultancy, especially in the field of Design for Manufacturing. Workshops are also dedicated to introduce big companies the potential of Internet of Things.
In 2016 an acceleration program has been launched for IoT based hardware startups. Startups are selected based on their technology and business plan. It’s a 3-month program during which entrepreneurs will get free access to the co-working space, develop their prototype and have mentorships from big companies like Intel, Orix… At the end, they participate to a DEMO day in front of investors. In October 2017 18 startups did benefit from this program.
DMM.Make AKIBA organizes many events for its partners. Companies like L’Oreal organized hackathons to work on “Beauty and IoT”. It also creates international partnerships, with “La French Tech” for example. In 2017, DMM sent 6 startups to the SIDO event in Lyon.