MatchBOX Coworking Studio, 17 S. Sixth St., Suite X, has hired Amanda Findlay to be its next operations manager and Emily Carter to be its first community curator.
“With a goal of signing 200 members by the end of this year, a facility that is open 24/7, and some of the brightest ideas and technology at work here, we need a staff that can keep everything running smoothly, lend assistance when members need it and keep our programming timely and frequent,” said Mikel Berger, MatchBOX cofounder and board member. “We’ve found two who handle all that.”
Findlay’s responsibilities will be overseeing operations, soliciting new members, securing community sponsors and maintaining the facility. She comes to MatchBOX after two years as events manager at Purdue Foundry, where she also assisted startups with branding. She earlier worked for Decatur Community Hospital in Greensburg and Purdue Research Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ball State University in 2006.
“I’m joining MatchBOX with great enthusiasm for the startup and co-working culture,” Findlay said, and I’m dedicated to the vision of the cofounders, the success of this inspiring co-working studio and the success of the members who fill it with energy, enthusiasm, ideas and momentum.”
Carter will curate membership, enhance the user experience and administer programs. She earned a bachelor’s in computer graphics from Purdue University in 2003 and previously held posts at Purdue’s Discovery Learning ResearchCenter, Purdue Hall of Music and Moo TV.
“When I first stepped inside MatchBOX, I knew I needed to be involved here as much as possible,” Carter said. “I am looking forward to working closely with the members, bringing encouragement and creative spark and furthering the synergy that is already occurring here.”
This summer, they’ll be assisted by McKinzie Horoho, an intern from Indiana Wesleyan University, said Dennis Carson, cofounder and board member. Her position is sponsored through the Accelerate Indiana Internship Program, funded by Lilly Endowment, which sponsors 20 interns each semester and summer.
Student intern Patrick Ringwald will continue working two days a week.
“With these new staff members and interns, MatchBOX begins its second year with strong momentum and interest,”Carson said. “Great things are ahead.”
MatchBOX is a nonprofit venture launched in April 2014; it currently has 130 members, with 200 expected by year end. The facility can accommodate up to 500 members. MatchBOX is overseen by a seven-member board of directors and operates under the Lafayette Urban Enterprise Association (LUEA). It is funded by various partners and sponsors.
The facility provides workspace and a lab with prototype and modeling equipment, a 3D printer, laser cutter and other tools. The MatchBOX space includes 15 reserved, flexible desks, and room for about 100 others to work simultaneously in open areas. The shared space is conducive to working, as well as to interactions and exchanges with others members.
Memberships require a $99 one-time setup fee, with an annual fee of $360 for basic use. Those preferring reserved desk space pay $180 a month. Access is available 24/7. Tours are available on request.
MatchBOX is directed by a seven-member board of directors who represent the city of Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce, Lafayette Urban Enterprise Association and businesses. Board members include JoAnn Brouillette, Demeter LP; Mike Gibson, Mulhaupt’s Inc.; Lafayette mayor Tony Roswarski; and Greater Lafayette Commerce president and CEO Scott Walker.
Others are cofounders Mikel Berger, DelMar Software; Dennis Carson, city of Lafayette; and Jason Tennenhouse, 10 IN HOUSE Design & Strategy. These three serve as the oversight team, meeting weekly to set and oversee the MatchBOX vision.
Sponsors include the city of Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Greater Lafayette Commerce, Lafayettech, Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette, Purdue Foundry, Purdue University, Tippecanoe County Public Library and numerous local industries and businesses. The Tippecanoe County Public Library owns the 16,000-square-foot building and is leasing 11,000 square feet of it to MatchBOX for $1 a year.