From Maker to Market

Hobbyists, makers, and entrepreneurs – explore taking your idea to market. The Maker to Market program will take your product or concept and show you what it takes to run a successful business.

Program Overview

From Maker to Market is a 4-week program to help you take your product or concept to market and what it takes to run a successful business. We’ll teach you about planning, marketing, financing, and managing your business.

What You'll Learn

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship including identifying resources; forming the corporate entity; conducting market research; licenses/permits, and solving your customer’s problem.

  • Planning
  • Customer Identification

Prove the viability of your business. We will explore niche markets; how to create a financial model; building revenue and cost assumptions; inventory management, and pricing considerations.

  • Sourcing 
  • Costing 
  • Pricing

Learn about Marketing and Product Branding. This class will provide education and tips related to winning your first customers. The class will cover online (email, social media, website, etc.) marketing as well as how to identify other sales channels.

  • Retail Site Selection Criteria
  • Lease Agreements

This class will focus on operational considerations. We will cover shipping and fulfillment considerations, POS systems, and customer service challenges.

  • Budgeting
  • Projections 
  • Funding

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