The Pi Shop offers a wide variety of services for both startups and established companies. The services provided put an emphasis on developing product related companies, as our goal to bring more thriving Producteurs (product entrepreneurs) to the Central Valley. Some of our services include:
- Businesses can collaborate with each other in a hive style atmosphere
- Co-Work and Dedicated Office Space
- Secure Access
- Fully equipped shop dedicated to development, prototyping, and limited production of product ideas – CNC Machine, 3D Printers, Welders, Conventional Shop Machines & Other Tools.
- Community Mentorship
- Ability to Utilize blue Dolphin Engineering industry & vendor relationships
- Free CAD Software
- Free Microsoft Office 365 Software
- Partnership with Coleman & Horowitt (regional law firm) & Sensiba San Filippo (regional accounting firm)
- Access to Angel & Venture Investors
- Technology Assessment, Business Modeling & Strategy Development
- Workshops and Webinars
Additionally, each incubating member is required to be Small Business Development Center (SBDC) client. There is no cost for this service and they could take advantage of all of the services that SBDC encompasses including:
- Business Finance Consultants
- Marketing Consultants
- Legal Consultants
- Pitch preparation
- Technology assessment
- Business modeling and strategy development
- Webinars and Intellectual property development and support
An important distinction between The Pi Shop and other incubators is the emphasis on developing product related companies. To that effort, we have a fully equipped shop containing a 5 axis VMC machine, a Printed Circuit Board / Solder Mask Mill, 3D Polyjet Printer, 3D FDM Printer, 3D SLA Printer, TIG Welder, MIG Welder, Floor Standing Drill Press, Bench Grinder, Hydraulic Press, Vibratory Deburr, Convention Milling and Turning Machines to name a few. This space is used for development, prototyping and limited production.
Unlike other incubators, The Pi Shop staffs a full time Engineer in Residence and a Grant Writer. The Engineer in Residence manages the work load and machine supervision/training of the shop area and provides DIY engineering assistance. The Grant Writer provides assistance to members in their efforts to write successful grant proposals such as SBIR and STTR grants.
Jerome T. Countee Jr
The Pi Shop’s primary strategic partner is Blue Dolphin Design & Engineering. Blue Dolphin is one of the only engineering firms in Central California that is focused on Developing Products, which it has been actively achieving for the last 18 years. Started in 1999 by Mark Jackson and based in the central San Joaquin Valley, Blue Dolphin has contributed worldwide to product development with its second-to-none research and development team. Offering a variety of services from design elements to rapid and conventional prototyping, it has more than 150 years of combined experience and a track record of success for the likes of leading entrepreneurs to worldwide companies such as Quickie-Sunrise Medical and Grundfos. Blue Dolphin strives to help companies give consumers something they’ve never seen, creating entirely new market channels that lead to new interests and new funders.
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