The Strategic Innovation Technology Laboratory (Inno-TechLab for short) is the MI Innovation Alliance’s most ambitious project yet. More than an incubator, more than a prototype lab, more than an off-site skunkworks development site for the select few OEMs / corporations / major suppliers, it is a different aspect of and enhancement of the GAMIC innovation process. Located at the entrepreneurship and research nexus of NextEnergy – Techtown – Wayne State University, Inno-TechLab is an experimental construct in dedicated collaboration and advanced development.
Goal: Provide annual innovation crowdsourcing and commercial acceleration specialized team for select automotive OEM and major suppliers to increase speed of strategic differentiation and consumer/shareholder value.
While still under development, key attributes of the program for select entrepreneurs and corporate partners would include:
|Exclusivity||Program tailored around the needs of the select few major industry partners, with exclusive segment rights to participate|
|Lab Test Space||Secure-access space at dedicated labs in the Metro Detroit nexus, with availability of other partner facilities in the metro area; special connectivity and measurement systems|
|Flexible Access||Availability of market-paced (vs. corporate-paced) resources in the Michigan entrepreneurship eco-system (from local accelerators, relocates to Downtown Detroit eco-system, etc.)|
|Technical Support||Entrepreneur access to SAE Standards committees, small- and mid-size manufacturers, business acceleration and program management experts for enhanced production readiness and acceleration|
|Market Support||Broad array of market research services, and strategic partner match-making and introduction support|
|Standardized Start-up Support||Entrepreneur access to dedicated development programs at the member accelerators and options for early stage investor access|
|Business Advisory||Experienced mentors to provide directional guidance and help bridge the gap between ”required corporate processes” which can stifle innovation, and out-of-the-box start-ups which lack inside-industry knowledge of required conventions for effective system integration|
|Facilitated Collaboration||Extended-duration participation and involvement of select mentor / collaborator team personnel, to enhance and accelerate progress in addition to normal bi-lateral development agreement between OEM/Tier partner and start-up partner. Risk and knowledge-gap mitigation to accelerate key milestone attainment.|
Corporate participation in Inno-TechLab will be limited to a small number of non-competing corporations. Participating innovators will be selected by the corporate participants, and subject to written agreements negotiated between the parties.
If you’d like to learn more about the Inno-TechLab concept and/or help us in defining it further, contact us at … info@MIinnovationAlliance.org.