Motor City S.T.E.A.M


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Detroit-based Motor City STEAM LLC won the launch category, which includes $7,500 in prizes and an optional $5,000 investment, and the audience vote worth $1,000. The learning center, which deals with science, technology, engineering, arts and math, will also benefit from $7,500 worth of advisory from Southfield-based Mission Throttle. It's led by Alecia Gabriel, Chinonye Akunne and Deirdre Roberson, who are on a mission to expose students to STEM careers.

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Women, African Americans & Hispanics comprise the lowest percentage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) job holders.

Motor City STEAM, led by three female scientists are trying to bring more diversity to their field. These women recently won the Launch category at Ford Fund and Michigan Women's Foundation's #EmpowerHER social venture competition.


Notable Women in Manufacturing secure patents, manage plants and find production efficiencies for their companies. They make medical devices, food and beverages, and automobiles. They inspire students by teaching them about careers in STEM. 


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Roberson says Motor City STEAM’s EmpowerHER grant is the largest funding it’s received to date. On top of the $7,500 from Ford Fund, the organization, which is using creative means to bridge the gap between STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and the arts, won a $1,000 audience favorite award, $7,500 in advisory services from Mission Throttle and a $5,000 loan from Ford — all of which will help the company scale.