Wilmington makerspace NextFab is relaunching its Artisan Accelerator program. Applications are open until February 21, and the program runs from March 24 to May 21, 2021. It’s a truly unique way for Wilmington entrepreneurs and business owners to step up their game and grow their businesses!
According to NextFab, Artisan Accelerator is an “8-week experience that gives artisans and entrepreneurs the essential tools, support, and structure to focus on the things that matter to build viable businesses.” It was initially piloted in Wilmington last spring and proved to be a hit among local small ventures.
“The Artisan Accelerator definitely boosted my knowledge of what it takes to scale a business,” said Jeremiah Jordan, founder of Confetti by JFrancis Designs. “I’ve learned so many tools to begin building the structure of my business and the support to keep it sustainable.” Cody Huges, Founder of Untitled_co, said, “The NextFab Artisan Accelerator program was a great way to jumpstart my business into a more focused area of thought and direction.” Both Jordan and Huges are in the group of seven alumni from the 2020 cohort.
The program is free to its participants and will be held virtually. “Initially, we planned to make this program available only to existing members of NextFab, but we decided to open it up to the public, so that we can support even more artisans in these difficult times,” said Todor Raykov, Venture Services Manager at NextFab. In addition to the virtual classes, Artisan Accelerator entrepreneurs will have free access to all three NextFab locations over the duration of the program. The only eligibility requirement is that Artisans are already in business and generating between $100 and $5000 per month.
NextFab was founded in 2009 by Dr. Evan Malone as the premier destination for makers, artisans, and hardware entrepreneurs. It provides the tools, training, consulting, and capital required for innovators to turn ideas into products, and products into businesses. The Wilmington facility, their newest location, is located at 503 N Tatnall Street, right in the heart of the Creative District near Market Street, the Amtrak Station, and the Riverfront. It offers 2D & 3D printing, design software, woodworking, and laser cutting, among a suite of other services.