Hardware Startup Meetup in Brighton.

If you're interested in the future of manufacturing, being a pro or semi-pro maker, and making a living, by making what you love ... join us for the first Hardware Startup event in Brighton.

A wave of innovation is breaking, creating new opportunities for sustainable self-employment and micro-businesses powered by makers who are turning their projects into products. Already high profile successes like Arduino, 3D Robotics, Adafruit and Makerbot, as well as thousands of individual makers selling on Etsy, Tindie and Shapeways, there's a growing movement of of makers doing business and Brighton is ideally placed to foster their growth.

More and more makers are turning the projects they love working on into products for others.

Confirmed speakers for the MeetUp are:

Alice Taylor - founder and CEO of Makielab, producers of 3D printed action figures and digital/physical toys
Jason Hotchkiss - maker of electronic musical instruments, and inventor of 1D pong!
David Stoughton - digital futures consultant, and speaker on the future of work
Nick Johnson - founder of Arachnid Labs and member of London Hackspace

To register for this event see: http://hardwarestartupbrighton1.eventbrite.co.uk/

The nominal entry fee of £2.50 will help us make a contribution towards our speakers' travel expenses.

Got questions? Tweet us here: @HardwareStart.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really well organised and nice to see so many people there. Not sure about the business advisor who, at a hardware startup meeting, suggested we should be looking at providing digital only products.... I'm looking forward to the next one, and perhaps discover more about businesses that don't necessarily have access to VC funding, overseas manufacturing etc. and how they can succeed too!

    July 4, 2013

    • David S.

      Hi Chris
      My advice to provide digital products was intended to get you into business quickly. The alternative, if you wish to sell any volume of hardware, was well illustrated by the other speakers. To get scale you will need investment, which is hard to find and requires you to have an existing market, a team with a proven track record and a scalable offer. That takes a long time and a lot of dilution to achieve. Once funding is in place you must deal with manufacturers and distributors which could well take another couple of years. During most of this time you will need to support yourself.

      July 4, 2013

    • David S.

      Sorry didn't complete ... If you can get such a company off the ground - great. Even so only one in five companies survives beyond five years. They can be very successful if they achieve it. If you have determination and market intuition it's still the route to successful entrepreneurship.

      Starting digitally allows fast scaling so you earn an income within a few months. Then when you pursue the hardware interest you have cash to do early prototyping and testing. That means that when you approach investors you have an offer more or less ready to go, an existing market and a track record, which lowers their risk, making them more likely to stump up the funds and take less equity.

      So I'm not saying don't develop the hardware, it's important. I'm suggesting you get experience and generate income with something digital first if you can it's a easier starting point, requiring no capital if you approach it right. The bonus is you'll find out whether you have a taste for running a business.

      July 4, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    I helped organise it it, so take this with a pinch of salt, but... I thought it was great. We had a good mix of speakers, the logistics all worked. I had lots of good feedback from participants, and I'm looking forward to doing another one.

    July 4, 2013

  • Gerald H.

    Unfortunately, clashes with another event :-(. Anyone inventing a time machine?

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have had to pull out - really gutted not to be able to attend this!

    July 3, 2013

  • Stephanie B.

    Sadly no longer able to attend.

    July 3, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    Hey, great to see so many people interested in this event. I'm really looking forward to it. If you haven't signed up on Eventbrite already, it would help us keep things on time if you could get your ticket in advance. Cheap as chips, and you can do it here:

    http://hardwarestartupbrighton1.eventbrite.co.uk/

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joined through eventbrite. See you there!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds really interesting!

    June 19, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    I'm really interested to see what the hardware community is like around Brighton. How many makers are there, and where are people on the spectrum between amateur and professional.

    June 14, 2013

  • David S.

    Turning you your hobby into your business is fast becoming the only sure way to secure a good living as a wave of new technologies prolong the wave of unemployment started by the crash.
    Whether you like to make or design objects or apps teach others how to do it or simply write about it, new technologies like 3d printing, the internet of things and wearable health are making it easier than ever to generate your own income.
    Why not come along and discuss the possibilities?

    June 14, 2013

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