Kitchener’s startup and arts and culture clusters come together to #MakeitKitchener at 44 Gaukel
Partnership between City, Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario is first of its kind in the core
Kitchener A first of its kind pilot project designed to spark creativity and drive new opportunities for economic impact in the city’s startup and arts and culture cluster is coming to life in downtown Kitchener. Citizens will soon get a chance to get an up-close and inside look at the unique collaboration making it happen.
44 Gaukel (located on the 2nd floor of 44 Gaukel Street), a formerly underutilized building in downtown Kitchener, has come alive as an intersection of technology and the arts thanks to a partnership between the City of Kitchener, the Accelerator Centre and ArtsBuild Ontario. The 2nd floor provides space for artist entrepreneurs and high tech startups in an atmosphere designed to create collisions and animate the space. There is bookable rehearsal space, meeting rooms, workshops, suites and office spaces.
Make it Kitchener commits to providing support systems, tools, spaces and investments needed for organizations and startups to grow their business. “Make it Kitchener outlines the development of a digital content incubator and providing space for creative artists, now happening on the second floor of 44 Gaukel,” says Rod Regier, executive director, City of Kitchener.
It’s particularly well-suited to Internet of Things/Machine2Machine and workshop-style creative work. There are rooms with natural light perfect for visual artists and darker rooms suitable for green screen filmmakers. In a few short months of operation, 15 tenants have moved into the space and 50 employees are working at 44 Gaukel. Additionally, 360 hours of rehearsal space has been booked at the location. Such immediate impact highlights the tremendous opportunity possible with a collaborative arts and tech culture in Kitchener.
“New opportunities are found when experts in different industries have suitable space to collaborate and intersect. We’re excited to see how these new neighbours foster new ideas and spur innovation,” says Regier.
A part of the nation-wide Startup Open House event, the public is invited to see how 44 Gaukel is making it Kitchener at an Open House on:
Date: Oct. 4, 2016
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Location: 44 Gaukel, 2nd floor