Accepted applicants will work with Newlab to design and implement pilots and validate new concepts, unlock new product capabilities, uncover use cases, and explore partnership opportunities.
Newlab has announced its Open Call season and is inviting innovators to submit applications for participation in any of its four Innovation Studios focused on tackling a range of issues spanning 5G, accessibility, mining, and mobility.
Newlab’s Innovation Studios bring together Fortune 500 companies, civic leaders, and innovators to help solve complex challenges across industry and society.
Accepted applicants will work with Newlab to design and implement pilots and validate new concepts, unlock new product capabilities, uncover use cases, and explore partnership opportunities with industry and civic leaders.
Newlab said they will also benefit from access to its member community, robust corporate and investor network, grant funding, and press exposure, as well as access to more than $5m of on-site prototyping resources. Participation in a Newlab Innovation Studio is equity-free.
“Newlab’s Innovation Studios leverage the combined capabilities and resources of our community, our industry and civic partners, and trailblazing companies to address the world’s biggest challenges,” said Shaun Stewart, CEO of Newlab.
“We’re excited to kick off 2021 with an Open Call season inviting companies across disciplines to apply to join our Innovation Studios, where they will have the opportunity to develop and pilot technologies with the potential to transform industries and society.”
“Newlab’s Innovation Studios leverage the combined capabilities and resources of our community, our industry and civic partners, and trailblazing companies to address the world’s biggest challenges”
Companies are invited to apply for participation in the following Innovation Studios:
Description: Verizon and Newlab created the 5G Studio to support the development of next-generation applications that have the power to transform mobility, energy, and automation. In the first cohort in 2020, six companies leveraging 5G to address issues across health, mobility, manufacturing, and more were selected for their industry-transforming potential. Now entering its second year, the 5G Studio will select teams across disciplines to test their transformative technologies on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network and Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) at Newlab’s flagship location in Brooklyn.
Open Call duration: 6 January – 10 February
Accessible Streets Studio
Description: a collaboration between Michigan Central and Newlab, the Accessible Streets Studio focuses on making everyday life more navigable and creating opportunities for the residents of Detroit. The studio, which will live within the Michigan Central innovation district in Corktown, aims to connect communities around Michigan Central Station by developing solutions to address mobility challenges and bridge accessibility gaps. The studio will bring together Detroiters, civic stakeholders, start-ups, and industry experts to co-design high-impact, innovative solutions to address community needs in a meaningful and impactful manner.
Open Call duration: 13 January – 24 February
Prospect Mining Studio
Description: Prospect Mining Studio, a partnership between Vimson Group and Newlab, supports top entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors, and prominent researchers to advance the natural resource and mining industries. The Studio enables teams to build, pilot, and scale solutions that deliver efficiency and sustainability to the $1T mining industry. The programme explores opportunities in prospecting and surveying, exploration, mine design and planning, closed loop production, and mine closure and mitigation.
Open Call duration: 27 January – 17 March
Description: the Mobility Studio draws on Detroit’s legacy as the birthplace of the automobile industry. Led by Ford, Michigan Central, and Newlab, the studio will help enable an electrified, connected, and autonomous future by building, testing, and launching new mobility concepts in collaboration with leading industry experts, entrepreneurs, engineers, and inventors. To help shape its future as an innovation capital redefining how people and goods move across cities, regions, and the world, Newlab said it will support the overall development of Michigan’s innovation ecosystem, helping local start-ups to stay, grow, and thrive there.
Open Call duration: To be announced
For full details, go to Newlab Open Call.
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