Being someone who likes to keep up with all forms of creative startups, there was no better way of seeing the most successful in all in one place, it’s Makegood Festival. Exhibitors are dotted about the Old Selfridges Hotel site opposite the new Selfridges store. The whole event is put as a form of graduation for the businesses that took part in the School for Start Ups and all backed by people who are genuinely passionate about their product or company and who are, for the most part looking for collaborators and contributors. On the website they go on to say,
Makegood Festival is an extravaganza boasting a vast, indie pop-up market of over 200 brand new creative businesses. Alongside this, Makegood will play host to a series of punchy talks and debates from an unexpected lineup of the world’s most fascinating creative minds. So why not pop in to our big, beautiful melting pot of culture, creativity and entrepreneurship.
As well as hosting some really exciting projects there were a number of talks and workshops. One of the talks was demonstrating the work of ‘Voltz’ (image below) which was chaired by Jason Bradbury of Channel 5’s the ‘Gadget Show’. Their work certainly was eccentric with their ‘wildcard’ contraption being a motorised trike that has the ability to drift, sadly I cant find an image, but there will be a clip somewhere on the Voltz site or Gadget Show archives.
Doug Richards (‘Dragons Den) was also floating around and interviewing the various startups.
It was a great opportunity to speak to likeminded people about my little venture (type bombs) and about future collaborations. This was really exciting knowing that very soon I’ll be on my own, after I graduate and that finding work will be totally independent but these kind of events are really encouraging. I’ve made some in-roads with a few people the most exciting of which was for a gallery taking part in the Folkestone Fringe who are looking for volunteering artists and designers to create furniture in response to the festival. So I’m holding out for that and a couple of others which sound interesting, heres to more venture like this.