Centrepolis Accelerator to honor top clients in online ceremony Dec. 16

SOUTHFIELD—The Centrepolis Accelerator, the manufacturing business accelerator on the campus of Lawrence Technological University, will name the winners of its first-ever Centrepolis Accelerator Client Awards in an online ceremony Wednesday, Dec., 16.

Some 24 Centrepolis clients have been nominated for awards in five categories.

To register to view the 9 a.m. awards ceremony, visit this link.

Categories and the companies nominated are as follows:

  • Best Hardware Product Commercialized: Gaddis Gaming, GentleLift, Glow Path Pavers, MaxPro Fitness, and Pareto Aluminum Systems
  • Best Manufacturing Technology: Autaza, Capture More, Flash Steelworks, Intecells, S3D Precision Dispensing
  • Best Cleantech Company: Biomik, Intecells, Prime Energy, Rhombus Energy, Solartronic
  • Best COVID Response Technology: Archimedes, Botley Robotics, Qualified 3D, Tygrus
  • Best COVID Business Pivot: Detroit Sewn, Pingree Detroit, Qualified 3D, Vaughn Industries, Wareologie

There will also be a lifetime hardware achievement award presented to a veteran of the manufacturing industry.

Unlike virtually all of the business accelerators in Michigan, the Centrepolis Accelerator helps startup and existing companies conceive and develop new physical products—manufactured goods—rather than software, services, and apps. Operated in conjunction with the city of Southfield, it occupies 6,000 square feet in LTU’s on-campus Enterprise Center, also home to the Southfield Michigan Works office.

Resources available at Centrepolis Accelerator include access to funding, manufacturing experts, product development, and the latest in high-tech prototyping and virtual reality equipment—as well as access to LTU students and faculty to assist in research proof of concept development, product testing, and business planning. The Accelerator also provides learning and research opportunities for LTU students and faculty to work with entrepreneurial businesses.

Access to the Centrepolis Accelerator and all its equipment starts at just $125 a month with a 12-month commitment. For more information, visit http://www.centrepolisaccelerator.com/.

Besides LTU and the city of Southfield, partners in the Centrepolis Accelerator effort include the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and the New Economy Initiative.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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