Regional Innovation Network

The LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network supports local educational, entrepreneurial, small business & venture development activities, providing pathways to educational activities, makerspace opportunities, business incubation support, and substance use disorder (SUD) recovery assistance. The network strives to create new opportunities for communities, and promote innovative ideas and actions across Appalachia.


Regional Innovation Network

The LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network supports local educational, entrepreneurial, small business & venture development activities, providing pathways to educational activities, makerspace opportunities, business incubation support, and substance use disorder (SUD) recovery assistance. The network strives to create new opportunities for communities, and promote innovative ideas and actions across Appalachia.

About LIGHTS

LIGHTS began in 2016 as a means of addressing systemic brain drain issues within rural communities. By sponsoring local organizations ‘making’ opportunities, partner communities empower local residents through experiential learning & education activities, entrepreneurship & small business assistance, and early-stage product research and design help. Today we’re much more.

Innovation Gateways

A series of physical Innovation Gateways provide paths to the larger regional Innovation Network, serving as anchors to local communities and as onramps to exciting opportunities, providing for personal and professional development. Gateways combine education, ‘making’ via traditional and modern processes, entrepreneurial support, and business incubation services to enrich lives and livelihoods.

Who We Serve

We support Appalachia communities; the craftspeople, the makers, the townsfolk; we assist the dreamers, the entrepreneurs, the small businesses; we welcome all individuals, new and old ideas; we serve you.

Upcoming Events

26
Feb

Beading Circle

"Join us for a casual beading session. Debbie has a fondness for making things with...
  • Community Makerspace, 751 W Union St, Athens, OH 45701, USA View on Map
    2024-02-26
    17:30 - 19:00
    27
    Feb

    Intro to 3D Printing

    Community MakerspaceRural ActionLearn the basics of using cura and blender to make 3D prints!
  • Community Makerspace, 751 W Union St, Athens, OH 45701, USA View on Map
    2024-02-27
    17:30 - 18:30
    28
    Feb

    Intro to Laser Engraving

    Community MakerspaceRural ActionLearn the basics of using Adobe Illustrator to cut and engrave with a...
  • Community Makerspace, 751 W Union St, Athens, OH 45701, USA View on Map
    2024-02-28
    17:30 - 18:30