Ignite the FUSE for Makers and Artisans

Tuesdays, March 17-May 19, 2020 

Ignite the FUSE for Makers supports artisans, makers and creative entrepreneurs to refine and enhance their business acumen. Creative makers– producing anything from jewelry, silk screens, textiles, ceramics, graphic designs to tattoos–will participate in a 10-week program starting in March 2020.  

The overall goal of the program is to help creative makers improve their entrepreneurship acumen, specifically by providing: 

  • Business training, including marketing, fundraising, selling products, telling a compelling story 
  • Strategies for scaling operations and refining production 

The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays and includes: 

  • classroom lecture with real-world examples 
  • one-on-one business mentorship
  • access to space and equipment at the FUSE Makerspace 
  • peer-learning from a diverse group of fellow makers 
  • guest speakers sharing successful business experience and expertise 
  • site visits 


February 17: Application Deadline
February 28: Participant Notification
Week of March 2: One-on-one meetings with Program Facilitator
March 6: Participant Confirmation
March 12: Cohort Meet & Greet
March 17: Week 1 – First Session | Creative Entrepreneurship 101
March 24: Week 2 Session  | Value Proposition & Business Modeling
March 31: Week 3 Session | Identifying Your Customer
April 7: Week 4 Session | Telling Your Story
April 14: Week 5 Session | Infrastructure Building Part 1
April 21: Week 6 Session | Infrastructure Building Part 2
April 28: Week 7 Session | Scaling & Managing Production
May 5: Week 8 Session | Developing Your Plan of Action (Business Canvas Revisited)
May 12: Week 9 Session | IGNITE Day Practice
May 19:Week 10 | IGNITE Makers’ Day + Fair! (Each maker showcases their product or service and presents their plan to the community)

All class sessions will be Tuesdays 9am to 1pm

Applications for this training are now closed. If you are interested in participating in this training in the future, please contact us.