Forge Greensboro is a Makerspace located in Greensboro, North Carolina, which strives to provide the community with inexpensive access to a workshop area and a collaborative space, filled with equipment and high-end technology not commonly available to individuals. The space provides an area for advanced software development, digital design, electronics fabrication, meetings, seminars, and more.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we aim to inspire our members and the outlying community to “own” their city, by making it what they dream it can be! We accomplish this through offering tools, classes, events, and workspaces to our members and the public, spreading the joy of making and helping forge creative minds.
Forge Greensboro aims to catalyze the spirit of making in Greensboro by providing a high-end facility that brings advanced technology to innovative minds, giving them the space and equipment needed to make their visions a reality.
Makerspaces benefit new and existing businesses in the community by fostering the interdisciplinary interactions between members, founding new ideas that can lead to new businesses. Entrepreneurs can then connect with our network of like-minded makers and investors.
Job Training and Placement
The Forge’s focus is not only to be a resource for individuals, but also for local workforce development. Our facility provides access to tools, equipment, and training that create a place where artists can experience the full spectrum of career possibilities with little investment, find their true passion, and deliver a demonstrable skill to prospective employers.
Workforce development is directly connected to skilled labor through our network of industry contacts. We encourage local businesses, emerging startups, and corporations to utilize the Forge as a resource for talent acquisition!
Creating a Vibrant Urban Center
Our community of members is a family, drawing together an otherwise unacquainted group to a place in downtown Greensboro to thrive. This meeting of the minds is connecting individuals who wouldn’t normally cross paths, and stitching together the fabric of a diverse community. As we grow, we provide a reason not only for people to become a part of downtown Greensboro, but to stay in downtown Greensboro! The Forge aligns with the city’s original purpose of serving as the center of innovation, creation, and manufacturing.
Through community involvement, membership diversity, and our rapidly growing network of resources, we are shoring up the foundation on which Greensboro is built. In partnering with local non-profit organizations such as Handycapable, Heavenly Voices, and Elsewhere, we have created a central hub to bridge the gap between these groups and local businesses.
Working with Education
The Forge is excited to work with local educational institutions at all levels and age groups. We work with k-12 groups to help children realize their ability to build the world around them, and with universities and colleges to train staff and students on the Makerspace concept. We also enjoy pursuing collaborative projects!
In-house workshops are also available to both members and non-members, spanning topics from 3D printing for kids, to laser engraving for adults. In addition to serving as educational opportunities, these workshops provide members and the community a chance to share their knowledge by volunteering to teach!