Vote Mark Mathias
Maker Faire Connecticut
Remarkable STEAM, Inc.
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Company/organization description (<500 characters)
Remarkable STEAM is a not-for-profit dedicated to creating jobs and closing the education gap. We change lives by inspiring and connecting people. Although we work year round on many projects, the most notable is Maker Faire Connecticut, the Northeast's largest creativity and innovation event.
Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished in 2019 (<500 characters) e.g., patents received, growth rate, and successful MVP, trial, or exit, etc…
When we created the Westport Mini Maker Faire 9 years ago, we wanted to bring creative people together. We hoped 800 people would attend. 2,200 showed up! Since then, more than 50,000 people have attended our Maker Faires. Our typical year-over-year attendance growth is 20%. In recognition of our growing impact in the state, in 2020, we have renamed our event Maker Faire Connecticut in order to ensure that all of Connecticut knows it is welcome to participate. We are now the largest creativity and innovation event in the Northeast. In 2019, we created a global crowdsourcing art and science initiative, "The Great Duck Project," to create the world's largest 3D printed duck. 476 pieces from around the world were 3D printed and mailed to us and we built the duck at our Maker Faire. See the results here: http://bit.ly/TheGreatDuckProject
What type of entrepreneur are you? Scaling Company: regional, national, or global business focus and greater than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Scalable Venture: regional, national, or global business focus and less than $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019; Main Street: local business focus;Social Good: social enterprise or nonprofit focus
I am a social entrepreneur. I saw an opportunity to bring a great way to help encourage students and people of all backgrounds and skills to Connecticut. Little did I know that this would also create significant benefits for communities and businesses. We are now working to grow the economy of Connecticut by showing the world what we have to offer in terms of an educated workforce, communities where people want to live and a great place to invest.
Student entrepreneur: Are you a student and younger than 25 as of December 31, 2019? YES or NO
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)
We have benefitted greatly from libraries and schools who have provided great "makers" who showcase their talents as well as provide many volunteers, businesses, foundations and government agencies large and small who provide sponsorships and grants, advisors who help guide our thinking, the wonderful makers at our events that ensure our content is worth seeing year after year and our amazing Maker Faire Organizing Committee who provides untold hours of volunteer hours producing each Maker Faire.
What people are saying about Mark Mathias ...
Nearly nine years ago, Mark Mathias created Westport Mini Maker Faire as a showcase of creative talent in Connecticut. A handful of friends worked with him to put on this event. Together, they hoped 800 people would show up. 2,200 did. Raising more money than they spent, they purchased the first 3D printer for a library in Connecticut, which was the genesis of the maker movement in Connecticut. Over the past eight years, more than 45,000 people have attended this event. Maker Faire Westport has been a positive impact on communities, libraries, students, artists, entrepreneurs and businesses. For 2020, Mark rebranded it Maker Faire Connecticut which has become the Northeast’s largest creativity and innovation event, with a planned attendance of between 15,000 and 20,000. All of this is creating a positive future for the state by ensuring people want to live, work and invest in Connecticut. Michael Ogrinz