Facilitation offerings

for SMEs as part of the OPEN!NEXT Demonstrator Phase

We're with you all the way

Open Source is based on the idea that intellectual resources should be free to use, redistribute and modify.


Based on the discoveries and learnings uncovered in the pilot phase, the OPENNEXT consortium presents a series of tools, guidelines and offerings tailored to ensure a smoother sailing through the open source hardware journey. Upon consulting a makerspace partner, SMEs taking part in the demonstrator phase may choose to leverage one or more offerings.

NOTE: A number of the offerings are still under development and/or in the trial phase. 

FO-1: Documentation Guidelines and Standards

Documentation is an essential aspect of Open Source Hardware. OPEN!NEXT offers helpful guidelines and insights on standards for documenting your OSH project on Wikifactory and/or GitHub.

The OPEN!NEXT guidelines are organised in blocks matching a corresponding phase in the project development. Specifically, the guidelines enable you to disseminate vital information, share knowledge about the project, and allows for transparency, replication, modification, distribution and more.

FO-2: Online Repository and Community Building

This set of tools and features help Open Source Hardware projects navigate and utilise online repositories for their research, ideation phase, documentation, manufacturing, distirbution and community building.

Value for SMEs include:  Streamlining ideation by giving easy search access to existing projects, help to develop/access online communities, access to online features to assist OSH development, avoid locking your OSH project to a single platform by allowing for easy import/export, easy access to production facilitators and companies, access to prototyping labs/makerspaces and easy monitoring of project/community health online.

FO-3: Business Model Toolkit

The Business Model Toolkit is a collection of different tools SMEs can use to ideate and validate revenue streams and business models for their OSH project. Consisting of a set of modules, the Business Model Toolkit fit different stages of the project and can be implemented accordingly.

The idea is to help your SME in its specific context to understand the business potential and create and validate a business plan accordingly. 

FO-4: Peer-2-peer Support

The P2P offering is a set of facilitated sessions  aimed at establishing a connection to exchange challenges, experiences and opportunities between similar SMEs from within and beyond the OPENNEXT project.

More concretely, this offering will ensure that SMEs can gain direct help with specific challenges by connecting them to supportive peers and communities.

FO-5: C3 Maturity Assessment

 The OPENNEXT maturity model is developed to help businesses identify, assess and improve their company-community collaboration (C3) capabilities. 

More specifically, the model helps identify gaps and give SMEs a grasp of their individual needs. In the OPENNEXT project, the model will be used to ensure that SMEs can be connected to the right OPENNEXT consortium expert at the right time of their development process, in order to help them leverage and improve company-community collaboration.