The Lawrence Technological University (LTU) Collaboratory is on a mission to accelerate the growth of Southeast Michigan’s small manufacturers and hardware entrepreneurs by providing access to key resources specific to their unique needs. The Collaboratory provides leaders of these businesses with access to mentors, workshops, cutting-edge technologies, corporate connections, college students, events, workspace, and a collaborative community of peers. Additionally, Collaboratory clients will soon have access to a state-of-the-art 6,200 sq ft facility featuring additional workspace, training facilities, and a premier manufacturing technology lab. Among the Collaboratory’s programs are Scale-Up For Success and Hardware Massive.
Hardware Massive is the global platform for hardware startups to meet locally, connect globally with the hardware startup ecosystem and access information and resources. This meetup started as the Detroit Area Makers & Manufacturers group, but have now joined the global Hardware Massive community as its Detroit chapter.
If you are a small manufacturer or hardware entrepreneur looking to scale your business… Welcome to Scale-up for Success!
What we do…
We help you do the things necessary to scale your business whether that be developing growth strategies, diversifying your customer base, adopting new technologies, leaning your operations, or streamlining your product design.
How we do it…
We do it by providing you access to key resources including:
- Mentors to assist in overcoming challenges specific to your business
- Workshops on planning, customer diversification, and lean manufacturing
- A lab featuring cutting edge technologies that allow you to:
- Digitally design products and build physical prototypes
- Test prototypes by using virtual and augmented reality
- Experiment with technologies critical for scaling a business
- Connections with corporations seeking to innovate
- College students to serve as interns and complete projects
- Events on topics of importance to scaling a product-based business
- State-of-the-art workspace and a community of collaborative peers