Southfield’s Lawrence Technological University will open its Centrepolis Accelerator, which will offer business assistance for product developers and manufacturing companies, on Friday, Oct. 4. A public open house of the accelerator will take place from noon-4 p.m.
The 6,300-square-foot accelerator will include office space, co-working space, workshops, mentors, business planning services, and laboratories and equipment for digital product design and prototyping, as well as virtual reality and mixed reality labs. It is located in LTU’s Enterprise Center at 21415 Civic Center Drive.
“SmartZones, such as the Centrepolis Accelerator, provide critical resources to start-ups and are essential to stimulating continued economic growth across Michigan,” says Fred Molnar, vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “I would encourage local entrepreneurs to visit the new facility, learn more about the abundant resources available to them, and how Centrepolis Accelerator can help support their business.”
The accelerator’s clients will include manufacturing startups and existing companies.
Dan Radomski, who has a background in product development, manufacturing, and supporting hardware companies, will lead the accelerator. He was previously chief strategy officer for Plymouth’s Optimal Inc., an engineering services supplier to the auto industry, and vice president of NextEnergy, Michigan’s advanced energy industry accelerator.
“The Centrepolis Accelerator is a perfect example of LTU’s motto of ‘Theory and Practice,’” says Virinder Moudgil, president of LTU. “The accelerator will boost the economy of southeast Michigan by nurturing new manufacturing companies and will provide valuable experience in real-world manufacturing technologies for LTU students. Accelerator clients will also have access to LTU’s world-renowned engineering, business, and design faculty.”
An invitation-only grand opening ceremony will take place from 9-11 a.m., when leaders from the city of Southfield and the MEDC will help university leaders cut the ribbon. The accelerator receives grant support from the MEDC, the Michigan Energy Office, and the New Economy Initiative.
“The new Centrepolis Accelerator is a valuable tool and asset for not only the city of Southfield, but the entire state of Michigan,” says Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver. “From helping small businesses and startups grow to retaining talent in the region, this unique and innovative resource will serve us, our partners, and aspiring entrepreneurs well.”
Tickets to the open house are free and include a buffet luncheon, tours, and networking. They are available here.