The Global Robotics Innovation Park, or GRIP for short, will be a research park and business incubator for the robotics industry in the Upper Midwest. GRIP will include a mixed-use real estate development 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.
Serving as the hub of a regional industry cluster, GRIP will offer tenants common technologies, knowledge, and resources. Although many companies will co-locate within GRIP, other participants in the Upper Midwest robotics industry will remain and thrive in other urban and rural communities.
Research, development, testing & evaluation (RDT&E)
GRIP will include research, development, testing and evaluation facilities for academic and applied research in robotic, autonomous and intelligent systems and the hardware and software that support them.
RDT&E facilities will include high-tech and low-tech equipment, including prototyping and demonstration equipment. The facilities will be available for use by all participants in the robotics economy, including businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, and inventors. Through shared RDT&E space, GRIP efficiencies will enhance the competitiveness of GRIP tenants.
Technology transfer resources
GRIP will be an important part of the Upper Midwest’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through economies of scale in business incubation and technology transfer resources, GRIP will reduce barriers to entry for fledgling robotics companies. GRIP will offer flexible office space, access to expensive equipment, and a network of legal, financial, and manufacturing resources. GRIP may also include a formal accelerator program.
GRIP tenants will have access to shared conference, cafeteria, and event space, thereby reducing their overall lease costs. Moreover, tenants will have the option to share business resources related to business development, market analysis, marketing communications, IT, human capital management, legal support, and financial and accounting management.
GRIP will also offer tenants access to and understanding of the entire network of participants in the Upper Midwest robotics industry, including companies that offer hardware and software design solutions, prototyping, and manufacturing at all scales.
GRIP classroom and laboratory space will provide students with resources to conduct basic and applied research in robotics and automated systems. At GRIP, students can obtain hands-on experience designing, building, installing, operating and troubleshooting high-tech, high-speed robotic, autonomous and intelligent systems.
An essential part of GRIP will be anchor tenants, like ReconRobotics, Inc. GRIP will include office space for well-established and emerging businesses in the robotics industry, complimentary businesses, and academic institutions. Government agencies serving the Upper Midwest’s entrepreneurial and high-tech industries may also wish to locate within GRIP.
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