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.



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.


Feasability Study

Receive a comprehensive report of your ideas that includes competitive analysis, market potential, and an overall feasibility score.

What you get:

Have a business idea and not sure where to start? With this program, you can get the market & product research information you need to determine if & how to move forward with your idea.



Validation Factory

8-week interactive program to coach you through the customer and market discovery process and the lean canvas - 2-page business plan

What you get:

An intensive multi-week program to coach you through the customer and market discovery process and the lean canvas - a 2-page business plan.


$1,500 - scholarships available

i4.0 Accelerator

The Industry 4.0 accelerator is designed for companies that are integrating digital and physical technologies in their product or manufacturing process. This program is designed to help you finalize product design, prepare for manufacturing at scale, and grow your customer base.

What you get:

  • Upfront investment of up to $110,000
  • Contracted commercialization services from Centropolis

  • Leadership development program


6 months