Makers are transforming our communities through community engagement, education initiatives, and a profound spirit of entrepreneurship. The Southeast Makers Alliance is organizing a Southeast Maker Innovation Showcase to focus on and celebrate maker entrepreneurs and the makerspaces that support them. This is an open call for Maker Startups that identify as being part of the Southeast.
We will accept 10 finalists who will present at Maker Faire Atlanta on Sunday October 28 in front of a distinguished panel of makers, investors, and economic developers to vie for cash and prizes, sponsored by the Center of Innovation for Manufacturing (COIM). All applicant will also be invited to exhibit at Maker Faire Atlanta, one of the largest Maker Faires in the country, as part of the Southeast Maker Innovation Showcase area at no charge, where they can share what they make with over 10,000 visitors.
Prizes:$5,000 in Cash and Prizes will be awarded.
We'll give away a $1000 people's choice prize voted on by attendees at Maker Faire Atlanta. In addition, there will be a $4,000 judges award for the top Georgia based submission in the form of a research grant to work with one of the universities within the University System of Georgia to further develop their business.
Entrants must be a member of a makerspace. If no makerspace is present within 30 miles of place of residence entrants may join Southeast Maker Alliance in lieu of a local makerspace to meet eligibility requirement.
Innovations submitted must involve the manufacture of a physical product. Service and software related innovations are not eligible unless they include a physical product.
Innovations submitted must present a novel or unique solution to a demonstrable market problem.Products may be in development or commercial available, however products made commercially available prior to October 28, 2015 are not eligible.
Submission can be made as individuals or as a company. If your innovation is developed by a team of people that is not incorporated, one person should represent the team when completing the submission questionnaire.
Certain prizes may have specific geographic residence or headquarters requirements
For the purposes of eligibility, “southeast” is defined as the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
All submissions due no later than midnight ET on October 7th.