Inspiring innovation, tech literacy and community fun.
A creative launch pad for tech-infused hobbyists, SparkFun Electronics is a Colorado online retailer and education center for consumer electronic components that keeps increasing its impact. Nathan Seidle started the company in 2003 with a mission to encourage innovation by making electronic components, tools and kits readily available online.
When Chase supported their efforts by extending a line of credit to secure a new 80,000-square-foot space, SparkFun Electronics was able to increase the diversity of inventory and educational workshops they offer. Seidle noted: “In addition to improving our catalog, [we were] able to bring the SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) back to the SparkFun building. AVC is SparkFun Electronics' flagship event which pits robotics enthusiasts against each other in a no holds barred competition of speed and strength. The competition features an autonomous robot race and combat 'bot battles. Having AVC at [the] building is a great way for SparkFun Electronics to interact with the local community and encourage future engineers, roboticists and computer scientists.”
With the increased space, [they] have also been able to ramp up beginner offerings, including a number of new kits that are tailor made for anyone interested in tinkering with electronics.