Earlier this week the Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP) was included in a feature article by Dan Kara in the Robotics Business Review, titled “Markets, Clusters and Robotics in the Land of Prince” (the article is behind a pay wall).
The article provides a great overview of the existing robotics clusters around the world.
It is common for a few select universities and companies to act as a cluster anchors. In the robotics space, for example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) act as the academic anchors for the Boston and Pittsburgh robotics clusters, respectively. iRobot, which was founded by MIT roboticists, provides commercial anchorage for the Boston cluster. Similarly, Toyota and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are the twin corporate pillars of Japan’s Nagoya cluster, while ABB and Volvo lend their support Sweden’s Robotdalen initiative.
Kara then mentions our efforts build a global robotics cluster in the Upper Midwest as part of our Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP) project.
The Minneapolis robotics cluster is driven by two closely related initiatives. The first is the non-profit Robotics Alley, a business development initiative designed to “spur public-private partnerships in the business, research and development of world-leading robotics and automation systems.”…
The Minneapolis cluster is also supported by the Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP). According to the their website, GRIP “will be a mixed-use real estate development project containing light industrial, office and laboratory facilities for high tech research, development, testing and evaluation of robotic, autonomous and intelligent systems, and related business incubation, classroom and event space.” GRIP, which is a for-profit company, is currently in the process of selecting a site. The group is headed up by Nena Street, an attorney with a background in government contracting and real estate development.
We are excited that our efforts are being recognized by leading national robotics publications.
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