Muncie-based makerspace Madjax has announced a partnership with the Muncie Redevelopment Commission to open a second CO:LAB location. Madjax says the new coworking space will feature an "open and community-based approach to working."
The CO:LAB’s original location, near the Horizon Convention Center in downtown Muncie, will feature private office space. Michael Wolfe, president of the Sustainable Muncie Corp. board, praised the partnership.
"This is the core of the makerspace culture, where members of the public will be able to construct a menu of facilities and services that they want to use—like enhanced internet, woodshop, 3D printing, and coworking space—to form their own makerspace, customized for their needs based on the equipment we have," said Wolfe. "It really will be an amazing asset for the makers and future makers in our community."
Madjax Program Director Jennifer Greene will become a full-time employee of Sustaintable Muncie and will manage both CO:LAB locations. She will also continue to manage additional membership programs at Madjax.
The CO:LAB, formerly known as the Downtown Business Connector, originally launched in 2014 and aims to build a local network of startups, mentors and investors. CO:LAB members will have access to both locations.
Madjax opened in November in the former Cintas building in Muncie. In June, the makerspace announced its first two tenants.