Altimetrik Corp., a Southfield-based technology services company, has opened a startup support center in downtown Detroit.
Called the Altimetrik Collider, it’s in 3,000 square feet of the Bedrock LLC-owned Wright Kay Building on Woodward Avenue, above upscale retailer John Varvatos.
Altimetrik software engineers will be stationed at the workspace to help companies invent, work on ideas for products or services and create product prototypes, a news release said. The center will host meetups, hackathons and panels as well, aiming to bump participating tech enterprises and other software engineers to their next level of growth.
“We chose Detroit as our first Collider location given the immense talent potential in this market,” Abhinav Vattikuti, manager of Altimetrik Collider, said in the release. “My focus is on making this space as exciting and engaging as possible for the local software engineering community … The goal is to enable creative collisions around the tech and entrepreneur community here in Detroit.”
This is the tech company’s first Collider location, but it plans to open more in the U.S., South America and South Asia, the release said.
Altimetrik will have a mix of Southfield staff and new Detroit hires at the Collider — around 20-30 staff on a “weekly basis,” Vattikuti said in an emailed statement. It’s aiming to see 50-300 visitors per week.
The company spent $100,000-$150,000 to renovate the fourth-floor space. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Altimetrik’s community partners in Detroit are scheduled to speak at a grand opening event next week with Altimetrik’s executive team.
Altimetrik helps customers in banking and financial services, payments, health care and automotive more fully leverage advanced technologies. The 2,000-employee company’s home base is Southfield, but it has a presence in India, Uruguay, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 2012.
Altimetrik uses a digital methodology it calls Playground that’s “designed to envision, prototype and deliver ideas with speed and agility,” according to its website. It can plug various components into companies’ existing platforms, simplifying operations or assisting with employee learning or a variety of other kinds of assistance.