Southeast Makers Innovation Showcase - Call for Innovators

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.

$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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

Email address *
Which makerspace do you belong to?
Website site of Maker Space (if applicable)
Name or Company Name
Website link (if applicable)
Describe your product (500 character limit)
What problem were you trying to solve when you created your product? (120 character limit)
Who is the customer that benefits the most from your product? Be specific, saying “everyone could use this” generally indicates that there is no clear market strategy (100 character limit)
What is your market’s maximum annual revenue potential in 5 years?
Is your product commercially available? If so, what is your annual gross revenue.
What do you need the most to ensure the success of your product?
Please upload images (up to 10) or video of your product (maximum length 2m)
Please company upload logo if applicable
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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