Mak­erspace com­ing to In­ter­na­tional Av­enue Founder of FUSE 33 hopes to grow startup cul­ture

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Danny Eisen­berg wants to light the fuse on Cal­gary’s in­no­va­tion po­ten­tial.

The elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer is plan­ning to open a new 9,000 square foot mak­erspace in Cal­gary’s south­east called FUSE 33 early this fall.

Think of it as the gym — but in­stead of work­ing on those tri­ceps, pa­trons can work on projects, tin­ker, or per­haps even launch a busi­ness.

“We want peo­ple to take their craft, take their ideas, and turn them into a job and a ca­reer,” said Eisen­berg.

Af­ter work­ing in the tech and aero­space in­dus­tries, and see­ing mak­erspaces south of the bor­der, he wants to pro­vide Cal­gar­i­ans with sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The city al­ready has a num­ber of com­mu­nity-driven mak­erspaces that are not-for-profit, but Eisen­berg and his part­ners think a busi­ness-driven model will work here too.

“What we’re do­ing is an­other evo­lu­tion of what they do,” said Eisen­berg. “They tend to be a bit more in the hacker-space kind of realm,” he said.

FUSE 33 will fea­ture a full wood shop, a full metal shop, 3D print­ing, laser en­grav­ing, sewing, elec­tron­ics, fab­ric print­ing, and more.

“You don’t have to dump hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars into equip­ment. You don’t need to find a fa­cil­ity to rent out that you prob­a­bly can’t af­ford and has too much space,” he said.

He said the other thing that will set them apart from com­mu­nity-run mak­erspaces is the abil­ity to change things up on a dime. If a de­mand emerges for a new piece of equip­ment, they’ll just get it. They won’t have to wait for a do­na­tion or a com­mu­nity vote.

Alison Karim-McSweeny, di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Av­enue BRZ, said FUSE 33 will play an im­por­tant part in the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the greater For­est Lawn area.

“They were given a lot of of­fers in many other dis­tricts through­out Cal­gary,” she said. “They felt that the best match for them would be our area.”

Karim-McSweeny said the BRZ has part­nered with FUSE 33, and will of­fer joint mem­ber­ships be­tween their cowork space, and the BRZ’s new Emerge Co-work In­no­va­tion Hub. That cowork­ing space of­fers ba­sic of­fice ameni­ties, plus on-site busi­ness coun­selling.

Eisen­berg said he has signed the lease and is work­ing with the BRZ and the city to get the zon­ing ready for the unique space, since it doesn’t eas­ily fit into the cur­rent cat­e­gories.

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Brodie Thomas/meTro

af­ter work­ing in tech in­dus­tries in the US, Danny Eisen­berg is launch­ing a for-profit mak­erspace in Cal­gary’s south­east.

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