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January 2021 Velocity Newsletter

Alchemist Ventures wins Sterling Heights Contract for Entrepreneurial Services

The Vision

Alchemist Ventures is looking to power the Sterling Heights Velocity Center. You can count on us to create engaging events that will shift the culture here in Sterling Heights. With a focus on technology, business acceleration, and manufacturing we are sure to bring you and your ideas to the next level. 

One of our first events will be Manufacturer’s Engage on January 21st in partnership with the City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are going to start from scratch on this event – get right back to the drawing board. The issues that manufacturers faced in 2016, and even 2019 are not the same as they are facing now. Work groups will be developed to help solve problems, and the conversation will continue long after the event ends. Visit www.velocity-center.com  for registration and sponsorship opportunities.

We will also be hosting a speaker series, and a gamut of training to keep the momentum going. Oh! Just wait for the Cyber Range. Our plans for that are ridiculous.

Want to learn more about us? Keep on reading and visit www.alchemistventures.tech.

The Team

Patrick WearnFounder: Patrick Wearn brings almost 20 years of service to the Department of Defense, first having served in the United States Marine Corps for ~6 years in a variety of roles including Civil Affairs, Acquisition, Infantry and Administration. Following his tenure in the Marine Corps, Patrick served in a variety of roles at the US Army’s Tank-Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) now known as the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). Up until his departure from GVSC in December 2019, Patrick oversaw technology scouting and venture/private equity engagement as part of the External Business & Acquisition Management Offices, with technical focus areas in automotive, autonomy, mobility, ground combat systems, and related technologies. Mr. Wearn holds a B.S. in Human Resource Development from Oakland University, along with an M. S in Management, Leadership & Strategy Development from Michigan State University, additionally studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Field of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. 


Patty LopezChief Operating Officer: Manufacturing Powerhouse Patricia Lopez is taking the U.S. Engineering & Manufacturing industry by storm, pushing limits to revive excitement in this sector. Her unique position having rare insight into both the Automotive and Defense sector has equipped her to gain recognition as the: • 100 Successful Women in Biz 2019 • Notable Woman in Manufacturing 2018 • Macomb’s Business to Watch 2018 • Corp! Most Valuable Millennial 2018 • Manufacturing Marvel 2017. Remarkably, with a master’s degree in Engineering and in holding past managerial positions at Fiat-Chrysler North America, Patricia gained invaluable experience learning the high demands of manufacturing first-hand. Today, as President of an award-winning Michigan manufacturing company, Rose-A-Lee Technologies (RAL), she is a highly sought-after source for custom fabrications for the U.S. Government & Industry. In fact, she manufactures projectiles, ballistic grilles, seating structures and more for the Dept. of Defense. Proudly, she co-founded RAL with Jennifer Howard in 2013 to be a U.S. Defense manufacturing arm to sister company Elmhirst Industries, an automotive manufacturing company. RAL has since expanded its focus to provide engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing of metal, plastic, and carbon fiber components across multiple industries, including automotive. Patricia also serves on a variety of non-profit boards including National Defense Industrial Association – Michigan Chapter, Women In Defense – Michigan Chapter, Henry Ford Health System Macomb, Leadership Macomb, and Utica Community Schools Foundation.

In the News

Potential Events of Interest

Interesting Listening


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How I Built This

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Corporate Spotlight

Braid Waid Media

Speaker, Technology Consultant, Podcast Host, Chapter President for VRARA and a new Velocity Center tenant. 

Brad continues to speak and work with different companies all over the world! He also hosts a podcast called “2 Guys Podcast” and a show called “Industry 4.0” that you can find on his website. On his podcast he discusses everything from augmented reality to augmented reality. On Industry 4.0 he discusses topics such as augmented reality and digital twins. 

An exciting new opportunity for Brad has been his new show, New Horizons! New Horizons is a reality tv show where Brad searches for the most innovative technology and products in the market. His new show premieres in the spring of 2021!

Brads website: Brad Waid


Microcide is a biotechnology company based here in the Velocity Center for the last 5 years. Their goal is to produce non toxic, antibacterial cleaners and sanitizers for home and commercial use. Their products are made in the USA. 

You can learn more about Microcide at: Microcide, Inc. | Safe & Effective Antimicrobial Products


Linked is a staffing and recruitment company with engineering, IT, manufacturing, and human resources. Linked also aids new businesses in setting up payroll, training, and setting up their human resources.

Linked has been based in the Velocity Center for the last 5 years. To find out more about Linked you can find them on their website at Home | welcome-to-linked (linkedps.com) or on Facebook at FACEBOOK LINK.

Nonstop Creatives

Nonstop Creatives, who is run by Keegan Waid, is a new tenant to the Velocity Center.  Nonstop Creatives  specializes in filming, editing, and other creative services. Nonstop creatives are working on a large television show with Brad Waid called New Horizons! This exciting father, son team is bringing the most innovative products on the market into the spotlight! 

Nonstop Creatives also has a Tik Tok and Instagram where you can follow what they are doing! To learn more about Nonstop Creatives you can visit their website at: Nonstop Creatives