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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PitchMasters Workshop

Jan. 8 to Aug. 26, 2024

This workshop will provide comprehensive information for business startups on how to pitch for seed money. It is open to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, Purdue Northwest faculty, staff and students, and all entrepreneurs.

Participants will meet on the second and fourth Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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PNW Designated as the Third Innovation and Economic Prosperity University in Indiana

This designation acknowledges public research universities with strong evidence of collaboration with public and private sector partners to support economic development, innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer talent and workforce development, and community development.

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PNW staff members’ startup recognized by Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Plantennas is a solution that helps them realize significant labor cost savings and increase supply chain transparency.

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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 businesses and industries 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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