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Connie J. Zheng
North of Nine Communications for TechShop
connie.zheng@nof9.com
(415) 268-4821

Hey, St. Louis, Bring TechShop to Your City!
TechShop holds town hall meeting with Cortex to discuss investment opportunities available in TechShop St. Louis
SAN JOSE, Calif. , April 23, 2014 --

TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, will be hosting a town hall-style meeting with CORTEX (Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange) on Saturday, April 26 at Cortex 1 Building (4320 Forest Park Ave) from 10AM to noon. Dan Woods, COO of TechShop and co-founder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire, will be discussing investment opportunities and the community impact TechShop could have in St. Louis.

“When we launched our nationwide ‘Bring TechShop to Your City’ campaign last September, we received immediate interest from the St. Louis community,” said Woods. “Our model is based on partnering with universities, academic institutions, companies, corporations, local government and individuals. This meeting is an opportunity for all of those constituents to show their commitment and rally the support we need to bring TechShop to the makers and innovators of this area.”

TechShop brings together and cultivates a highly creative, collaborative group of makers, tinkerers, students, academics and entrepreneurs who share ideas, create new products, businesses and jobs, and learn new skills. Opening a new TechShop facility requires significant capital to renovate a suitable location and to acquire equipment and tools. At the town hall meeting, TechShop will be available to answer questions and provide additional information about plans and next steps for a potential St. Louis location. To RSVP, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techshop-st-louis-town-hall-meeting-tickets-11356755361?ref=estw.

To bring TechShop to the Missouri city, the company will seek to secure $3 million in funding through individual, corporate and institutional investments, as well as 1,000 pre-commitments for memberships from local supporters. VisitTechShop’s St. Louis page (http://invest.techshop.ws/TS_StLouis.html) for more information about investing or joining the campaign to bring TechShop to St. Louis.

TechShop Supporting STEM at FIRST Championship Related to establishing a presence in St. Louis and its commitment to K-12 STEM education initiatives, TechShop will be exhibiting from April 23-26 at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, a celebration aimed to inspire young people in science and technology. Look for TechShop at Booth #65 in the Edward Jones Dome. Members from the Cortex team will be there as well.

World-Class Creative Workspace and Prototyping Studio
TechShop has been the birthplace for scores of invention prototypes, including Square, underwater submarine robots, bipedal robot legs and more. TechShop members have access to a world-class workshop with machines, tools, training, inspiration and the support they need to pursue their passions, develop new skills and launch new businesses. Each location includes:

  • More than $1 million worth of machines, tools and equipment 
  • Hundreds of classes each month for members and non-members 
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and highly-trained staff 
  • A community of innovative makers, artists and entrepreneurs 
  • Group event spaces and workshops
About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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