A Brief History of Makerspace North
Ever wondered about the history of our space?
Makerspace North was founded in August 2015 by John Criswick, an Ottawa-area serial entrepreneur with a unique background in electrical engineering and quantum mechanics. Criswicks’ vision for the organization was to offer up 19,000 sq.ft. of mixed-use space—a warehouse with adjoining offices—to local creators. It would function as a community hub and startup incubator (unlike a traditional makerspace, which provides equipment and tools for members to use).
From 2016-2019, Makerspace North operated predominantly as an event and local gathering space. During that time, tenants and visitors shared knowledge and engaged in a vast array of workshops, maker meetups, craft fairs, field trips, concerts, garage sales, courses, indoor drone flights…you name it.
In 2019, Makerspace North started construction on over three dozen new dedicated rental workspaces for emerging Ottawa startups, returning to its roots as an incubator. Today, the team is focused on finding the right talent and developing creative ways to better support local businesses through partnerships.
Since its inception, Makerspace North has supported over 100 tenants in such fields as tech, arts, and science in growing their business and bringing their vision to life. Just a few examples of notable Ottawa businesses that had their start at Makerspace North include Ottawa City Woodshop, Backyard Edibles and Bluebird Upcycle.
Curious to see how the space has evolved? Book a tour today!