Get out of the office.
We foster an environment of creativity, inspiration, and empowerment. Located in a renovated 100-yr old shoe factory, the Idea Foundry includes 60,000 sq ft of tool shops and assembly spaces, offices and coworking desks, classrooms and communal spaces – all designed to unleash your passion to make things.
Team Building Exercises and Make & Take Experiences
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 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.
Large Corporate Retreats and Events
Our event space comfortably holds 165 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.
Open Events and Lecture Series
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, and seats 75 people with ample room at the ground level for a variety of floor seating arrangements. Filled with natural light, the tall ceiling, hardwood floor, and soft seating provides an inspiring atmosphere for lectures, fundraisers, and community events.
Small Corporate Retreats and Meetings.
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.
Cocktails and Social Mixers
The Mezzanine offers a bird’s eye view of the entire 2nd floor, overlooking the grandstand and out across the city of Columbus. The space is perfect for cocktails and social mixers for up to 100. The space boasts floor to ceiling windows and plenty of room for a bar, hors d'oeuvres, cabaret tables, and casual seating.