Lean Rocket Lab and Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator

2021 Dates
Why we're different?
Application Opens
Submissions will be reviewed twice annually
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Application Deadlines are Rolling
Followed by interviews and technical reviews
Companies to Watch
Compelling early stage technology that we're keeping an eye on. 
Incubator Stage
We support these teams with the services of our program for a nominal fee and consider them on a path to potential investment.  
Portfolio and Growth Companies
These are the best and brightest, disruptive i4.0 tech companies who we've invested in and/or are engaged in helping scale. 

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing is the construction of complex three-dimensional parts from 3D digital model data by depositing successive layers of material.


Big Data

Extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations.


Virtual Reality

A set of technologies used in the design, analysis, verification and validation on a product to improve quality, processes, training techniques and situational preparedness.


Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials focuses on new materials and modifications to existing materials to obtain superior performance in one or more characteristics that are critical for the application under consideration.


Cloud Computing

Shared pools of configurable computer system resources and higher-level services that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort, often over the Internet.



Mechanical or electrical engineering coupled with computer science used to design, construct, operate and apply robots, including the computer systems for their control, sensory feedback and information processing. 


Artificial Intelligence

The simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. These processes include learning, reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions) and self-correction.



The protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.


Industrial IoT

Used to enhance manufacturing and industrial processes, incorporating machine learning, machine-to-machine communication and automation technologies that have existed in industrial settings for years.

what you get...
Up to $110,000 Investment
In your business, in cash and services in a convertible note. 
Technical Support and Milestone Management
One-on-one coaching provided by industry experts, and mentors.
Direct Connections & Product Demos
Introductions to manufacturers, partners and customers.
"The #1 industry 4.0 accelerator in north america"
Based on an industry specific asset mapping report. 

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.

Corporate Partners

2675 Bellingham, Troy, MI 48083


Our Commitment to our Manufacturing Partners

Industry 4.0 Accelerator is intended to support Michigan manufacturers with “Operational Resiliency” to avoid disruptions in times of crisis.  The COVID crisis has demonstrated the impact on manufacturing of goods and global supply chains.  The I4.0 Accelerator will be looking for innovations that provide opportunities for manufacturers to continue production in times of crisis…avoid shortages of supply, limit disruptions in production, and provide safety of workers.