Gearbox, Kenya’s first open makerspace for design and prototyping, has announced it is accepting applications for membership following the successful installation of its bulk of equipment with the help of its first cohort.
Membership is open to everyone, regardless of education, skill-level or background, however priority will be given to entrepreneurs looking to develop new products and build new businesses.
“Many of you have been waiting anxiously for this announcement and it gives us great pleasure to finally make it! We’ve been painstakingly reviewing all our plans, getting all our training manuals ready etc. and the date has finally been determined,” Gearbox stated in a blogpost.
Applicants are required to print and fill out the application form and deliver it in person to Gearbox Lite – 2nd Floor, Bishop Magua Centre (across from Uchumi on Ngong Road).
Only 20 applicants will become members due to space constraints. Interested applicants should therefore apply as soon as possible. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Successful applicants, who will be able to access the space from April 4, will be notified, and they can thereafter sign up officially as members by paying the fees, taking the Orientation class and receiving their first training session.
Entrepreneurs looking to have their entire team at Gearbox would be able to apply in the coming weeks.
Launched in May 2015 to create a unique space for members to showcase ideas, share skills and build capacity, Gearbox is an initiative of iHub, a Nairobi-based part co-working space, part vector for investors and part pre-incubator for startups.