Wichita Business Journal; Wichita State, Koch, unveil GoCreate makerspace
10.30.15 · Greteman Group
The following excerpt is from the Wichita Business Journal’s coverage on October 30:
Wichita State University on Friday announced that the makerspace included in the experiential engineering building on its innovation campus will be called GoCreate.
The GoCreate brand was designed by Wichita’s Greteman Group.
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Wichita Business Journal
© Wichita Business Journal, 2015
Koch and Wichita State University Announce GoCreate, the WSU Innovation Campus Makerspace
WICHITA, Kan. –– Liz Koch, president of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, unveiled the name and logo of the new makerspace that will open in the fall of 2016 on the Wichita State University Innovation Campus. The announcement was made at an event today at WSU. GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative, is the name of the state-of-the-art space, which will be located in the Experiential Engineering Building. The space will be open to creators and inventors of every age and background.
“GoCreate is about bringing people and ideas together,” said Liz Koch. “It’s exciting to think what will happen in this space when people can work together and take ideas from imagination to creation.”
GoCreate is part manufacturing plant, part design studio and part garage workshop. It will be a place where creative people of all ages and skill levels will have access to sophisticated equipment and training, shared work spaces and a supportive community.
“We envision GoCreate as a launch pad for innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and technology, and as a catalyst for business creation and economic growth,” said WSU President John Bardo. “It will be an exciting resource for the campus and community.”
GoCreate’s brand, designed by Greteman Group, represents elements coming together, interlocking to create something stronger and smarter than the sum of its parts. Kits to build a small version of the logo can be picked up at the National Institute for Aviation Research while supplies last. Use your kit – or combine with a friend – to build something cool, then share it. Post your photo or video on Instagram using #GoCreateWSU and you could win a six-month membership to GoCreate. Entries will be judged on originality. Contest closes Dec. 31, 2015. Winner will be announced Jan. 8, 2016.
In 2014, Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation pledged $11.25 million to create and advance programs at Wichita State aimed at helping students excel and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders. It was the largest gift ever to the WSU Foundation from a corporate/foundation source. Funds totaling $3.75 million from that gift will help establish GoCreate.
Koch Industries and Wichita State collaborated on the idea of establishing an open innovation lab that removes high-cost barriers so that aspiring entrepreneurs can build prototypes of their ideas and begin to commercialize business opportunities. Koch’s gift provides scholarships and training stipends to qualifying applicants based on financial need, as well as mentoring support through fellowships.
GoCreate can be found online at GoCreate.com, as well as on Facebook (GoCreateWSU), Twitter (@GoCreateWSU), YouTube (GoCreate WSU), LinkedIn (GoCreate) and Instagram (GoCreateWSU).
Director of Communication
WSU Research and Technology Transfer
Manager, Corporate Communications
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC