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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.

USDA Director Scott Angle Visits MSU

Thursday, March 14, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, Scott Angle toured facilities and farms at Michigan State University on Feb. 26. Angle…

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WKAR Receives Multiple Awards, Including TV, Radio Honor

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
WKAR

WKAR was named both Michigan Public Television Station of the Year and Public Radio Group One Station of the Year for 2018 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony held…

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MSU Graduate Programs Earn Top National Rankings

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Michigan State University earned the No. 1 title for five of its programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. For the…

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MSU Tech Transfer Director Elected to AUTM

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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AUTM, an international nonprofit that supports the commercialization of academic research, has named a new chair with MSU ties to its Board of Directors. Richard Chylla, who leads…

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Spartan Entrepreneur to Compete in ‘Entrepreneurial Eight’ at SXSW

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Night time photo of downtown Austin Texas

A Michigan State University student entrepreneur earned a ticket to South by Southwest, or SXSW, after his business was selected among the “Entrepreneurial Eight” in the Student Startup…

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FinnGen: An Example of a Large Public-Private Partnership

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dr. Aarno Palotie visited Michigan State University on October 31, 2018, to provide an overview of the FinnGen research project. FinnGen aims to collect the genomic data of…

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University Research Corridor Adds $18.7 Billion to State Economy

Thursday, September 6, 2018
URC report

Michigan’s University Research Corridor contributed $18.7 billion to the state economy in 2017, according to the group’s latest economic impact report. Up from $16.5 billion in 2015, the…

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Traverse City Film Festival Showcasing Spartan Projects

Monday, July 30, 2018
Sparty Traverse City

Since 2005, cinema lovers from across the world have traveled to northern Michigan for the Traverse City Film Festival. This year, they will experience a host of projects…

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MSU Technology and App Could Help Endangered Primates, Slow Illegal Trafficking

Thursday, May 24, 2018
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New facial recognition software and app invented at Michigan State University can help protect endangered primates – more than 60 percent of which face extinction. Golden monkeys have…

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MSU, URC Universities Develop Infrastructure Solutions

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Potholed roads, aging water systems, and vulnerable underwater transmission lines remind residents daily of the importance of adequate and safe public infrastructure. Michigan’s three University Research Corridor (URC)…

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