Fresno may not be the place place you'd think of as a "start up hub" as that designation is usually reserved for Silicon Valley or some other place with a similar environment. That's all changing though. There's a group of people who see Fresno as having tremendous potential for innovation, and that group is called The Pi Shop.
Modeled after The Hot House in San Luis Obispo, The Pi Shop is a product and strategy incubator for start ups and entrepreneurs. Through their lab in Downtown Fresno, entrepreneurs can get access to a myriad of resources from collaboration spaces, machinery like 3D printers, webinars and tutorials, as well as access to valuable resources such as investors, attorneys, accountants, and more.!
In addition to an amazing suite of support, The Pi Shop is directly involved in helping entrepreneurs and start ups develop and prototype their product or service. Whether it's helping them craft a clear business plan, create physical prototypes of their product, or come up with ideas for branding, The Pi Shop is there to help.
It's not just start ups that The Pi Shop is dedicated to assisting with these services though. Established companies can benefit as well from everything they offer.
Businesses can get access to this amazing resource by applying to become a member. They offer a variety of memberships that provide levels of access to all their services and amenities including:
This incubator lab is the first of its kind in Fresno. Never before have businesses had such a dedicated center of support. Their goal is to help transform Fresno into a forward-thinking business environment. With their help, Fresno could soon become a hub for start ups!
Interested in learning more about how The Pi Shop can help you? You can visit their website and see all the different things they offer for their members and even see the different membership options. You can also check them out on Instagram.
If you're thinking of starting up a business or selling a new product and want to find out how you can get amazing support as you develop and execute your plan, then you really need to get involved with what The Pi Shop is doing.
Their mission is to transform the ability of Valley residents to succeed in starting up new businesses by giving them world-class resources, and turn Fresno into a true "start up hub".
The benefits for the Fresno area economically and socially will continue to grow as they do.
Right now, they are helping the community by creating face shields for coronavirus protection to distribute to first responders, front line workers, and health care workers. You can donate on their website and help them support these workers in the Fresno community.