Dan Radomski

Director, Centropolis Accelertor

Dan is currently a consultant to a number of high tech companies and hardware manufacturing and cleantech accelerators nationwide.  He also leads the Nation’s first Industry 4.0 Accelerator supporting manufacturing technology firms globally.  Dan also serves as the Director of the Lawrence Technological University Centrepolis Accelerator, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new “hardware” physical products.  

Dan has served as a developer for DOE / Lawrence Livermore National Lab training curricula, Build4Scale, that educates product developers / companies with “hardware” based products on how to scale their business.  Dan has instructed extensively using the Build4Scale curriculum for both Centrepolis Accelerator in Michigan and FuzeHub in New York.  He has been an instructor and curriculum developer for DOE / ARPA-E I-Corps Program; and has served as an advisor for the National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) Clean Energy Economic Development Policy Academy program, and as a contributor to DOE’s Industry Peer and Annual Merit Review activities.  Dan has developed a unique tool for coaching and mentoring early stage hardware physical product developers Commercial / Technology / Manufacturing Readiness Assessment and Planning Tool that is being adopted by the State of Michigan, and FuzeHub in New York.

Dan was formerly the Chief Strategy / Operating Officer for the Optimal Group, small businesses and start-ups focused on product development, competitive business strategy, product benchmarking, product development and engineering.   While at Optimal Dan was responsible for diversifying the company’s business model to evolve into full vehicle development with specialization in electric vehicle development, growing the revenue by $20 million annually, and scaling the business globally to over 350 employees.

In his prior role as Vice President of Industry and Venture Development at NextEnergy, Dan led all market and technology analytic efforts to support the growth of early-stage and mature energy technology firms in areas such as wind, solar, advanced batteries, power electronics, vehicle electrification, smart grid, micro-grid, natural gas, and energy efficiency.  This included NextEnergy’s venture and incubator services, supporting the commercialization efforts of approximately 1,000 new developers of advanced energy technologies; and helping over 120 manufacturers successfully diversify into the clean energy supply chain.  Dan also orchestrated a number of global innovation challenges with corporate partners such as Ford Motor Company and Wells Fargo that crowdsourced the best ideas in building and automotive lighting, battery and smart cities technologies.

Radomski frequently serves as an advisor, judge, mentor and committee member for regional and national accelerators and cleantech competitions, including NextCorps MCorps, SecondMuse MCorps, ITAC, FuzeHub, TechStars Mobility, CleanTech Open, Clean Energy Trust Challenge, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, DTE E-Challenge, Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, and the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.  

Prior to NextEnergy Dan was co-founder of a clean energy technology consultancy with offices in Berkley, MI and Barcelona, Spain.  Dan also worked for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers on product development for advanced manufacturing technologies and disciplines including lean manufacturing, machining, fabrication, composites, micro- and nano-manufacturing.