Building places and spaces for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

What are you building?

Our innovation spaces team provides strategic insights, real estate advisory and development services that help you build and operate spaces for innovation, companies and talent in your community.

Coworking / Flexible, on-demand workspace, meeting and gathering spaces

Coworking

Flexible, on-demand workspace, meeting and gathering spaces

Incubation / Innovation hubs to accelerate product and company building

Incubation

Innovation hubs to accelerate product and company building

Production / Makerspaces for prototyping, production, manufacturing; maker spaces

Production

Makerspaces for prototyping, production, manufacturing

Amenities / Social and retail amenities to enhance tenant experience

Amenities

Social and retail amenities to enhance tenant experience

Mixed-use / Integrated buildings and spaces that fuel work and life

Mixed-use

Integrated buildings and spaces that fuel work and life

Districts / Innovation districts, parks, and micro-neighborhoods

Districts

Innovation districts, parks, and micro-neighborhoods

Design: 5468796 Architecture / Kasian / CMLC

Design: DIALOG / Faculty of Engineering

Startup Edmonton
Platform Calgary
Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology
University of Alberta
The Public
Calgary Downtown Association
Triovest
Steamoji
Capabilities

Exploration

User personas
Stakeholders
Brand & positioning
Financing strategy
Proforma modeling

Planning

Work spaces
Social spaces
Production spaces
Amenities & equipment
Area development

Building

Site selection
Project management
Design & engineering
Construction
Leasing, launch strategy

Programming

Community building
Engaging mentors
Program frameworks
Incubation, acceleration
Recruitment

Operations

Staffing & teams
IT systems, platforms
Tracking metrics
Customer support
Sustainability

Expansion

Multi-location
Scale-up playbooks
Franchising
Market entry
Partnerships

Team Leads
Ken Bautista

Ken Bautista

Led the design, development and activation of over a million sq ft of innovation campuses and spaces from initial concept to building operation. Prior to Makespace, he co-founded Startup Edmonton, a community hub for entrepreneurs, and Flightpath Ventures, advising and investing in local startups. Ken has led many grassroots initiatives as a startup community leader with Techstars, and was a founding advisory board member for the Startup Canada Communities initiative.

LinkedIn →kenbautista.com →
Ken Bautista

Jasmine Palardy

Community-builder and city-builder who brings creators of all stripes together to share and build. With work experience in Calgary, Vancouver and San Francisco, Jasmine launched GROW (Canada’s first major Silicon Valley-connected startup tech conference), was the founding director of Beakerhead — a five-day engineering and arts festival in Calgary, Canada — and has created community engagement programs for urban districts and innovation studios.

LinkedIn →

We'll help you bring your innovation space to life, from vision to concept to operations (and beyond).

Capabilities

Research & insights

Presentations and reports featuring trend insights and data-driven perspectives to help shape your space and operation

Programming & activation

Hands-on sessions focused on best practices for space operators, community managers, and ecosystem leaders

Development & advisory

Strategic advisory, exploration studies, market validation and project management for developers, policymakers and operators

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Building innovation campuses and spaces playbook

Our best practices and project case studies

Models for innovation-focused real estate projects

Development checklist for innovation campuses