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Michigan State University has a long history of successful partnerships with the business community and a hard-earned reputation for creatively applying knowledge to real-world problems. A number of MSU centers provide resources that support business development.

As a result of a partnership between the city of East Lansing, MSU and the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority, the offices of the MSU Innovation Center – which includes MSU Technologies (the university’s technology transfer unit), MSU Business-CONNECT (the university’s ‘front door’ for business relationships), and Spartan Innovations (the university’s business creation unit) – are now located in the city’s SmartZone space adjacent to the East Lansing Technology Innovation Center. The facility also houses The Hatch, which provides coworking space for prospective, creative, and innovative college entrepreneurs ready to develop their business ideas.

The MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio was established in spring 2003 with funds from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (now known as AgBioResearch) and Michigan State University Extension to improve economic opportunities in the Michigan agriculture, food and natural resource sectors. The business experts in the center work with any and all entrepreneurs or existing businesses that are interested in pursuing new ventures, either new businesses or new products and services, related to agriculture, food, bioeconomy or natural resource industries.

The MSU Bioeconomy Institute, provides chemical pilot plant scale-up production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities of all sizes. It also offers business incubation opportunities and extensive laboratory space rental, as well as educational programming and training.

The Science Of The Season

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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Michigan State University researchers are helping keep the holiday season green and fragrant by dedicating their expertise year-round to Michigan’s flourishing Christmas tree and chestnut industries. Chestnuts Roasting…

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Building Soft Robots To Lend A Helping Hand (Or Four)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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Spartan researchers have won a grant to develop next-generation machines to help humans in orchards and operating rooms Smarter. Better. Faster. Softer. That’s what Michigan State’s Zhaojian Li…

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MSU Hosts Mobility Forum Featuring Industry Experts, State Officials

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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Michigan State University will assemble mobility experts from industry, government and its academic colleges and units to host an automotive industry virtual forum, “Accelerating the first/last mile for…

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Cooper Named 2020’s Adam M. Enfroy Digital Entrepreneurship Scholar

Saturday, October 31, 2020

The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has chosen Joshua Cooper, an Advertising Management senior with a minor in entrepreneurship, as the 2020 Adam M. Enfroy Scholar for…

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Breeding The Best Blueberry

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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The quest for the best blueberry begins with genetic building blocks that Michigan State University researchers are studying in a USDA-funded project to boost yield, enhance flavor and resist pests. “The perfect blueberry is…

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Udpa Named To Council On Future Mobility And Electrification

Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Satish Udpa, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and former Acting President of Michigan State University, has been appointed to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility…

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MSU Receives $2 Million USDA Grant To Improve Blueberry Pollination

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Michigan State University has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative to improve blueberry pollination. The project is led…

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Finding And Fighting A New Hop Disease In Michigan

Thursday, October 1, 2020
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As Michigan’s hop industry grows, many of the state’s craft brewers would prefer to use locally-grown hops for their pilsners, ales and stouts, but a new species of…

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State and Local Collaboration Brings New Perrigo North American Corporate Headquarters to Downtown Grand Rapids

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Perrigo to bring 170 jobs and invest $44.7 million in upcoming expansion. The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan State University,…

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Ask The Expert: What’s In Store For Retailers During A Pandemic Holiday Season?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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While autumn may have just begun, retailers are already hard at work to prepare for the holiday season — especially with the added complications of a global pandemic….

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