An Ecosystem of Innovation
Our mission is to remove barriers and drive innovation among startup teams and existing companies by providing an ecosystem full of high-energy entrepreneurs, accelerator programming, advanced educational opportunities, collaborative workspace, helpful business resources, and access to various stages of capital.
LAUNCH @ LEAN ROCKET
Lean Rocket Lab is a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) designated Business Incubator, through a partnership with the Enterprise Group of Jackson County and the Blackman Township SmartZone. We offer a variety of free and discounted services as well as resource matching to support innovation, entrepreneurship and high-tech economic development in our community.
LRL can sponsor client's for MEDC-supported programs, such as the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF), the First Customer program, the SCIP/TPA program, the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund, and the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). We also offer additional intensive services and programming for qualifying applicants.
Our programs are designed with the lean startup method and to assist at the specific stage your company is in, whether you are starting with an idea, ready to prototype, or scale & grow, we have a program & resources to serve you.
manuFACTURING-techNOLOGY virtual incubator
Our Manu-Tech Virtual Incubator is a robust, resource packed platform designed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of Ideation, Validation, Start Up, Commercialization and Growth. Manu-Tech is unique in that it combines the resources, network and expertise of two manufacturing incubators, the Lean Rocket Lab and Centrepolis Accelerator. Accepted teams get access to the full breadth and depth of Lean Rocket Lab's and Centrepolis entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources, and partners, at a very low cost.
industry 4.0 accelerator
Spearheaded by Michigan's Industry 4.0 Knowledge Center, Automation Alley - the Industry 4.0 Accelerator is the first of its kind in the United States.
Powered by Centrepolis at Lawrence Tech University and Lean Rocket Lab in Jackson
Backed by a $1.3M strategic Industry 4.0 investment fund
In partnership with Michigan's top OEM's and downstream suppliers
We've received applications from teams across the globe. Because we've always supported teams both virtually and in person, our program continues to run largely uninterrupted during this time. While our investment fund focuses on Michigan intent, there is no required 'on location' or classroom style requirements in the program.
Lean Rocket LOCAL will take the current success of Lean Rocket Lab and expand its mission to support its efforts to launch and scale neighborhood and location based businesses and organizations.
11 companies were chosen this year to be funded, trained, and given resources to grow their business.