Let's FORGE Memphis

$6,917 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 25 months
Elizabeth Lemmonds   MEMPHIS, TN


Forge will be art space + fabrication shop where visionaries produce prototypes, artists explore new media, hobbyists complete personal projects and entrepreneurs build solid business models around their products. 

We'll work like a gym with tiered levels of monthly memberships and workshops, but instead of exercise equipment we'll provide co-working space and tools for creative production: from 3D printing to ceramics, electronics to woodworking. 

We even have a gallery - that will double as conference and training room by day - where we can host events and exhibitions, and showcase what arises from interdisplinary innovation and inspired collaboration. All in 12,000 square feet on historic Broad Avenue, Memphis' burgeoning creativity district. 

We're part of the Maker Movement - the next industrial revolution - and have spent months hammering out our own vision so that we can help you forge yours. 

Now we need your help! We're roughly $12,000 away from being able to open v1.0 and hope you'll get us halfway there. 

These funds will cover remaining basic startup costs required before we can open our doors for customers, as well as purchase a few additional higher priority tools and resources for both the shop and conference/training room. 

Our big picture budget is bigger, but with your help we can open up co-working, desktop manufacturing tools, ceramics, basic screen printing, electronics and more - plus start offering workshops to the community from 101s and DIY projects, to prototyping and design software, to marketing and e-commerce. 

If we exceed our campaign goal, all additional funds will go directly toward tools and software that members can use!



If you love our concept but can't contribute financially right now, follow us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook. And your voice is a powerful contribution: please share our campaign with your friends and networks. 

PLEASE NOTE: Every donation counts. A lot. All who contribute - at any level - will be recognized on our "Make It So" wall, and will be invited to our grand opening soiree!

And if you're interested in contributing at a higher level - like as a business or organization - please contact me to discuss rewards which could include use of our conference room/gallery for an offsite meeting, team building activity or event (in addition to transferable memberships and workshops).

THANK YOU! Now let's go Forge Memphis!

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Update 6
23 months ago
Thank you all so much! With over 50 contributors and over 400 shares, we're almost to our fundraising goal and you've spread awareness to so many new people about what Forge will be!

Especially now that Lipscomb & Pitts has secured us an insurance provider, if we can meet our funding goals we can open within the month! Thank you again for helping Memphis makers and creators by contributing!
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Update 5
24 months ago
THANK YOU for getting us past the halfway mark! And huge news: other than funding, our hurdle has been securing insurance. Thanks to Lipscomb & Pitts that is now covered. So if we can reach our fundraising goal, we're on track to open by Labor Day! YOU are making this possible. And we are so grateful. Keep sharing, and Forge forth!
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Update 4
24 months ago
Thank you for getting us nearly 50% of the way to our goal! Your contributions are sincerely instrumental in our goal to open our doors next month, and it means the world that you support our vision for Memphis makers and creators. Please keep spreading the word!
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Update 3
24 months ago
We're 30% of the way to our goal in one week (and that included a holiday weekend)- THANK YOU! Our vision is all about Memphis creativity and innovation, and it means the world that you support that vision.

Please keep sharing the campaign via social media, and with friends, family and colleagues who are interested in art, innovation, STEAM, maker spaces, Broad Avenue redevelopment, and local startup businesses!
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Jacob Smith
24 months ago

I have not forgotten. Doing a small job for my dad, and when I finish, I'll be able to donate at least $25.

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$6,917 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 25 months
Created July 3, 2014
Elizabeth Lemmonds  
  Events   MEMPHIS, TN
KM
$150
kevin MCKEEL
19 months ago
AP
$250
Ashley Pace
20 months ago
$50
Anonymous
20 months ago
TJ
$300
Tom Jones
21 months ago
$50
Ken Milman
21 months ago

I can't wait for opening day!

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MJ
$50
Mike Jackson
22 months ago
$25
Anonymous
23 months ago
MK
$25
matt king
23 months ago
DS
$250
David Stubblefield
23 months ago

Super excited that this is happening. I'm ready to build! Let make this happen!!

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KT
$50
Kathy Torode
23 months ago
Jacob Smith
24 months ago

I have not forgotten. Doing a small job for my dad, and when I finish, I'll be able to donate at least $25.

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