Innovation Orchard is a new open-space environment for student startup teams to discuss ideas, collaborate, and reach their entrepreneurial goals. Founded by the Cal Poly Pomona iLab and located at Ganesha High School, the space gives students the resources to implement their ideas.
The 2,100-square-foot Innovation Orchard has 25 pieces of equipment, multiple maker stations, and tables and seating for collaborating and brainstorming. Some of the equipment includes 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering irons, table saws, belt sanders, and a CNC router and mill. Innovation Orchard also has a large conference room for students to present their prototypes or marketing strategies.
The space can house up to eight to 12 startup teams at one time and around 80 people for larger events. Armando Cordero, an Innovation Orchard lab technician, says he hopes to continue to see an increase of Ganesha high and CPP student partnerships at the lab to utilize its full potential for innovation.
For more information, visit the IO website or watch the video.