Martina Francesca Ferracane (ITALY) - Fab Lab Go+

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CONNECT Success Story
"Through CONNECT, I had the chance to dive deep into the Brazilian entrepreneurial and cultural reality. It was a fulfilling and valuable experience."
- Martina Francesca Ferracane
New Entrepeneur
Martina Francesca Ferracane
Country: 
Italy
Sector of activity: 
Digital Fabrication
Business description: 
Fab Lab Go+ will offer students, entrepreneurs, artists and other people an easy and free access to tools for digital fabrication (such as 3D printers, laser cutters and instruments for digital electronics design) as well as assistance and specific courses to learn how to make the most of the tools offered. Fab Lab Go+ aims to be a community FabLab that reaches several groups of users and offer them personalized services, many of which are not generally offered by Fab Labs.
Host Entrepeneur
Eduardo Lopes
Incubator:
City, State: 
SÃO PAULO - SP
Sector of activity: 
Technology / Innovation / Education
Business description: 
Garagem FabLab is a FabLab which follows the principles of these types of institutions worldwide. It is open to the public and it provides free and paid workshops, courses and lectures, with the aim of democratizing digital fabrication in order to make it available to everyone.
NE: My CONNECT experience in Brazil
by Martina Francesca Ferracane
"Through CONNECT, I had the chance to dive deep into the Brazilian entrepreneurial and cultural reality. It was amazing discovering the world of digital fabrication through the lenses of an experienced entrepreneur and in a city like São Paulo that transpires innovation and great openness towards novelty. During my time at Garagem FabLab, I learnt what it means to run a fabrication laboratory and had my first hands-on experience in the field taking care of an academy of bio-hacking. The academy was a great opportunity to collaborate with other FabLabs and build an international network that now stretches along three continents. Definitely a great value-added for my project of setting up a FabLab in Sicily!"
HE: My collaboration with a European entrepreneur
by Eduardo Lopes
"Our experience with the CONNECT program couldn't have been any better. The selected entrepreneur is an amazing person, and she came here not only to understand how a Brazilian company works, but also provided us with very valuable contributions. We couldn't be more pleased with the result. The exchange of experiences coupled with Martina's management skills enabled us to foster our relation with other Labs in Europe, which brought us new business opportunities. I believe this experience was also enriching for Martina, who promised to come back!"