Host An Event

Get out and explore!

We foster an environment of creativity, inspiration, and empowerment. With our one of a kind space in the heart of the Franklinton Arts District and our custom programming, we create unique and exceptional experiences.

The Idea Foundry is proud to support events that contribute to our mission of making! We celebrate entrepreneurship, lifelong learning, art, and community. From corporate events to maker experiences with hands-on activities, this is a place for inspiration.

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  • Rent Space

    Choose any or all of our beautiful industrial inspired spaces. With exposed brick, large windows and all natural flooring our spaces both big and small serve to inspire creativity.

  • Custom Programming

    Experiential learning events for both adults and youth. We carefully curate experiences involving everything from blacksmithing to virtual reality.

  • Idea Foundry Events

    Check out our ticketed and free events that highlight the maker experience. Learn a new skill or try something different. We host event for families, date nights, community outreach and more.

Unique Activities

Nothing jump starts creative and innovative thinking like getting your hands a little dirty. We offer fully customizable creative experiences that encourage your team to Make, build, and play. We design demos or make-and-take stations to fit your group's interests, time availability and budget. These activities are casual and meant to inspire without the pressures of a regular class. Safe and entertaining, we can pair creative experiences with wine and dinner, working with the full-service caterer of your choice--or keep it high-energy for a daytime outing with plenty of space and audio-visual support for presentations or meeting needs.

  • Team Building

  • Tours

  • Talks

  • Maker Stations

  • Demonstrations

  • Training

Explore Our Spaces

Our unique spaces, designed to inspire, can be arranged to support events both large and small. From the guest events space to the meeting rooms and lounges we have room for groups of 5 or 250. We can back you up with audio visual support, catering recommmendations, and an outstanding staff contact throughout your event. Ask us about how our space has been used in the past or try something totally new! We are always willing to explore.

Event Space

Our event space comfortably holds 75 to 125 guests in a variety of seating arrangements including theater, classroom, boardroom, banquet, cocktail and more. We customize each event to your specific needs and provide hands-on service throughout the experience. Our event coordinators can help with securing catering and rental services from trusted vendors. This is a great space for any large event from all-hands meetings to celebrations.


The Idea Foundry grandstand is one of the most unique spaces in our building. The multi-level seating experience in the heart of the coworking area bridges the mezzanine and the 2nd floor. The Grandstand seats 75 people with ample room at the ground level for additional seating. Filled with natural light, the tall ceiling, hardwood floor, and soft seating provides an inspiring atmosphere for lectures, fundraisers, and community events.


The classroom can accommodate smaller groups of up to 25 with a versatile seating arrangement and audio-visual equipment & built-in whiteboard, perfect for small group meetings, lectures, classes, small team retreats and presentations.  

Franklin Room

This is the Idea Foundry's premier classroom & meeting space featuring both a conference room layout and lounge area. The entire length of the room features exposed brick and oversized windows looking across the Columbus skyline. Tall ceilings and ample natural light create a motivational environment. The Franklin room can accommodate up to 15 people with available audio-visual equipment & built-in whiteboard. When you or your executive board are tired of being confined to run of the mill meeting spaces, let the Idea Foundry provide a stylish VIP lounge where everyone can focus in comfort.


The Mezzanine offers a bird’s eye view of the entire 2nd floor, overlooking the grandstand and out across the Franklinton Arts District. The space is perfect for cocktails and social mixers for up to 75. The space boasts floor to ceiling windows and plenty of room for a bar, hors d'oeuvres, cabaret tables, and casual seating.

Let's Get Started

We would love to hear from you! This form helps us define the basics and get your event in the books. You'll hear from us in just a few days with details and pricing. The Idea Foundry supports events that contribute to the maker movement, entrepreneurship, lifelong learning, and art. Do you have additional questions? Feel free to contact us.