Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center

The Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center (CMEC) serves as a catalyst for economic development and technological transfer throughout Northwest Indiana and provides advanced manufacturing opportunities and related training for manufacturing companies of all sizes.

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Here are just some of the talented entrepreneurs in the Pitchmasters Workshop, from left: Guillermo Rivera, Angela Perez, Yo Monahan, Jeannie Rapstad (instructor), Dan Durochik, and Angel Macklin.

PitchMasters Workshop

PitchMasters Workshop provides a supportive environment where entrepreneurs can meet to learn and practice their pitch presentation skills.

Interested in joining? The workshop meets on the first and third Monday evenings each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. To sign up, contact CMEC at, (219) 989-2603 or Register Online.

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Students working in the labBringing Concepts to Life

The Center’s commercialization component can assist in the “bringing to market” of new innovations and products. CMEC can assist with everything from concept to commercialization, and assist with the six stages of commercialization, including the following viability stages: concept, entrepreneurial, intellectual property, product, customer and finally, commercial manufacturing.

The Center’s manufacturing-excellence component serves as a valuable resource in product and prototype development, as well as advanced manufacturing opportunities and related training for manufacturing companies of all sizes.

The 18,000 square foot facility is located just a few blocks west of the Purdue University Northwest campus and enables faculty experts and students to help local business and industry bring new ideas to market.

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Work in Our Space

CMEC has a 2,100 square-foot co-working space set aside for students, faculty and founders to work alone or collaboratively on projects. CMEC also has 1,200 square feet of space equipped with 1-phase (120VAC) and 3-phase (208VAC) electricity for pilot manufacturing.

Also available is advanced manufacturing training equipment including robots, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), electrical and mechanical machinery.

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Manufacturing Excellence Center