Niche educational programs are teaching Makers the key skills and entrepreneurial insights they need to find success in the real world

Are Makers hobbyists or entrepreneurs? Are their creations mere diversions or market-ready products? The growing global maker community has answered simply, “Both.”

Tinkerers and hackers have embraced all possibilities under the banner of craft, innovation and a DIY mentality. With sales exceeding $1.35 billion in 2013, Etsy proves that if you can make it, someone will probably buy it. And, thanks to the increasing availability of inexpensive manufacturing technology and communal makerspaces, makers are bringing more ideas to life, faster than ever.

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