1M helps communities discover and grow creator-driven projects, experiences, and services that fuel work and life downtown, one million square feet at a time.
Our place discovery platform mixes online tools and people-powered curation to advance the next wave of talent, retail growth and real estate value in modern cities. 1M helps creators increase visibility, provides insights and drives leads to help them grow their business and brand in the neighborhood.
1M is developed and operated by Makespace Group Inc., in partnership with a global braintrust of leading minds, brands and companies working to transform downtowns and cities. We created 1M based on our experience gathering modern creators and consumers across a portfolio of over one million square feet of space in cities. We've designed, developed, curated and activated unique gathering spaces, urban campuses and branded environments, from retail stores and event spaces, to co-working spaces, maker spaces and food halls. Together, we’ve collaborated with real estate companies, startup founders, brand owners and economic development organizations.
1M helps creators promote their offerings, services and products, with the area tenants who live and work in the buildings around them. 1M features unique products, services, projects, crowdfunding campaigns, experiences, events, classes and spaces. We help creators increase visibility, enhance engagement, provide better insights and drive leads.
1M partners with building owners to develop space through short-term, concession-based or direct leasing agreements. We activate these spaces with unique concepts, brands and retailers that grow into scalable occupants. By curating tenant and service mix, 1M helps building owners optimize portfolios, helping to accelerating lease-ups on adjacent space.
We work with local and global partners to provide matching funds for projects through an accelerator program. It offers hands-on mentorship, digital tools, seed funding and accelerated time constraints to quickly scale and grow full-time tenants and uses. After the accelerator wraps, we work to transition spaces to growing and sustainable ventures emerging from 1M.
1M starts with setting up a hub and an area to build in. Hubs help mobilize local leaders, organizers and partners to steward, curate and accelerate projects and spaces in a 1M neighborhood. Hubs can be run and organized by a single operating partner or consortium of partners. These people have a vested interest as building and business owners, tenants, workers, residents and community members in the developing the area they live and work in.
We're looking for a few key things when we set up a 1M area and accelerator:
The first 1M launch will be in our own backyard in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, named the most liveable city in North America, and one of the youngest populations in the country. 1M Calgary will start by activating a one million square feet area concentrated on a group of buildings downtown, along Stephen Avenue Walk between Centre Street and 2nd Avenue SW, and along 1st Street SW.
We're currently working behind the scenes in multiple cities and neighborhoods to establish 1M hubs and accelerators in 2020 and 2021.