Are you a Maker, Digital Innovator or Manufacturer?

02 Oct 2017


If you make something, have a product you’d like to get to prototype, or a concept or system to trial, then the OpenMaker UK programme is for you.

The application process is now open for a European initiative which offers 5 x €20K project grants and 10 x €1k development funds, to support projects that involve makers and manufacturers.

The programme will provide support and mentoring to foster collaboration and help achieve social impact across a broad range of disciplines. Whether that’s working with music, shoes, fabric, computer games, woodwork, mould, paint, 3D-print, build or design.

The UK-branch is being delivered by Liverpool-based Beautiful Ideas Co with the aims that OpenMaker results in manufacturing-collaboration and building a community across four European hotspots. Liverpool and Salford are representing the UK in a collaboration with Slovakia, Italy and Spain.

Erika Rushton, Director of the Beautiful Ideas Co, says: “It is an exciting project – a fusing of scalable or replicable industrial processes with state-of-the-art technology, and the ingenuity and creativity of individuals or groups of makers. It will be through these new processes, ideas and institutions that this revolution comes about.”

What is on offer?

Five commissions of up to €20,000 are up for grabs in the UK, alongside several €1,000 development pots. The larger prizes are designed to help people to prototype and test ideas, processes and products. The smaller funding pots are designated to projects and ideas which are less advanced, but will benefit from working as part of the emerging maker manufacturer community locally and by plugging into the support, contacts and community of makers and manufacturers working together across Europe.

Where do I apply?

Applicants have until 18 October 2017 to register their interest. Following this date, there will be a series of events held across Liverpool in October to introduce people to OpenMaker, hone ideas and encourage collaboration.

Successful teams of applicants will then have nine months to work on their prototypes; taking full advantage of the support and commissions will be awarded in summer 2018.

The UK-launch of OpenMaker will take place at Sensor City, Russel Street, Liverpool on Tuesday 3 October 2017.

For more information click here  or contact Erika Rushton at