About Us

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Email 

info@makehaven.org 

Location

770 Chapel St, New Haven, CT, 06510


Mission:  Equip people with tools to design, invent, and create.

 

Vision:  The New Haven area is enriched by creativity and entrepreneurship.

 

MakeHaven, Inc. is a not-for-profit, membership-driven organization, gathering place workshop for makers, creators, tinkerers and dreamers. The environment supports the development of and collaboration on a wide variety of projects, including: prototyping, fabrication, mechanics, electronics, crafts, art, and woodworking. Through free public events, skill building workshops and the independent projects of our membership, MakeHaven enables people to make things.

Activites Include:

  • Free public events and meetups which expose people to new and emerging technologies.
  • Classes and workshops where people build skills in art and technology.
  • Membership which grants 24/7 access to a woodshop, laser cutters, sewing machines, electronics workbenches, CNC mill and 3d printers.
  • Scholarships for reduced or free membership to those with limited incomes.
  • Training and project mentorship for members through a volunteer coaching program.
  • Advice, events and capabilities to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in fabricating and marketing prototypes.
  • Partnership with the VA hospital so veterans can include cooperative woodworking projects as a therapeutic activity.
  • See program groups.
 

Through talks, classes, workshops, collaborative projects, and other activities, we want to encourage research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in a safe, clean space. We provide educational spaces for teaching practical skills and theory of technology, science, and art. We provide work space, storage, and other resources for projects related to art, science, and technology that will benefit the individual members' personal growth in their fields of interest, encouraging the individual members to share their projects and knowledge for the betterment of society through art, science and technology. We create, learn, and teach, individually and as a group, inviting members of the community in the greater New Haven area and the world. We develop, support the development of, and provide resources for the development of free and open source software and hardware for the benefit of society. We promote collaboration across disciplines for the benefit of cultural, charitable, and scientific causes.

 

Our new location in the arts district of downtown New Haven CT, roughly 5,000 square feet, contains: an electronics shop, wood shop, crafting and sewing area, 3d printing area, lasercuters, radio area, plastics and casting area, bike repair shop and kitchen. All members are welcome to use our many resources. Members can find others to create with and/or to find help with their projects. We also encourage members to help others with their projects. MakeHaven encourages all members to come to the facility to learn, teach, share and create.

 

Program Areas

We equip people with tools to design, invent, and create through our program areas. 

Exploration

and Empowerment

Community Workshop - Woodshop, Textile lab, Prototyping equipment, Digital fabrication and machine shop which are open 24 hours to members.

Fabrication Education Mentorship - 20+ volunteers with experience in fabrication. Volunteers educate and safety-check members for tool use and assist members with moving projects forward. 

Workshops / Classes - Ticketed sessions to give access to experiences and learning.

Public Meetups - Subject based meetups for the public to meet in various shared interest areas.

University PartnershipsHosting University classes that integrate fabrication and community engagement.

VA Hospital Partnership - Hosting veterans' group who use woodshop for educational and therapeutic purposes.

First Robotics - High School competitive robotics team who use MakeHaven for robot building.

 

Business Incubation

Workspace Rental - Low cost, month-to-month rentable co-working spaces to help small ventures grow. 

Startup Coaching -  Volunteers trained by the Small Business Administration to assist startups to get off the ground and develop.

Prototype to Product Pipeline - Resources for anyone who wants to take an idea through prototyping and into production.

Educational Seminars - Sessions on intelectual property, marketing, packaging, design for manufacture and other topics for startups.

Networking EventsActivities that bring together the extended network of entrepreneurs, fabricators and supportive services.  

 

Employment Skills

Needles and Threads  (Hosted at MakeHaven and conducted by Tinaliah Co-op) - Sewing Entrepreneurship Incubation Program that teaches sewing skills with the intention of building people toward starting a small business related to fashion or sewing.

In Development