Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT), a high-tech startup in Michigan’s Capitol Region, announced today its participation in the Michigan STEM Forward Program, which is a statewide program that matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies.

GLCT was notified of the STEM Forward opportunity by Red Cedar Ventures which has made pre-seed investments in GLCT and which is a subsidiary of Michigan State University Foundation.

GLCT is using the STEM Forward program to support staffing costs for two of their interns, both students at the Michigan State University (MSU) main campus in East Lansing and both working part time at GLCT in the position of Semiconductor Technician. Alex Grotjohn is a student in MSU’s Marketing program and Gret Radomski is a student in MSU’s Business Communications program. Ms. Laurey Wyble, GLCT’s director of finance, led the company’s application process.

Dr. Keith Evans, GLCT’s president and CEO, commented, “We are thankful to Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for this opportunity.”

GLCT has also benefited from a number of other state and local support vehicles, including the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) and Emerging Technologies Fund (ETF), both of which are administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) at the state level. GLCT’s BAF projects also benefit from local support from Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) which is the economic development organization representing the tri-county region of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties in partnership with the MEDC.

Evans added, “Michigan has so many great programs for startups that it’s sometimes a challenge to keep up with them. I am thankful at the speed and efficiency with which Laurey, a very new member of our team, was able to collaborate with Alex and Gret to make this happen.”

About Michigan STEM Forward

Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently launched Michigan STEM Forward, a statewide program that matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies. Companies do not have to be in a specific industry, but all internships must be STEM-focused. Michigan STEM Forward provides students meaningful career experience and promotes job retention in the state, while providing financial support to companies who hire these interns. For more information about Michigan STEM Forward visit https://annarborusa.org/stem-forward/ or email mistemforward@annarborusa.org.

About Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT)

GLCT was formed in 2019 to create a commercial source of semiconductor-grade diamond materials for advanced applications in high energy particle detection, x-ray and other photon optics, electronics, and quantum technology. GLCT’s technology is based on patented equipment and methods developed over 25 years at Michigan State University (MSU) including recently in collaboration with MSU-located Fraunhofer USA Center Midwest. For more information about GLCT visit glcrystal.com or send an email to info@glcrystal.com.