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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.

MSU’s Research and Innovation Launches New Podcast Series, Manifold

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
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The MSU Office of Research and Innovation is pleased to announce Manifold, a new podcast series that aims to take a hard look at today’s intellectual issues and…

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Craft Beer Industry Provides Economic Impact for Michigan

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Craft Beer Industry Provides Michigan with Economic Growth

Michigan State University has published a first-of-its-kind study, published in the journal Beverages, that shows the respectable economic impact of burgeoning beer and craft beers’ entire value chain…

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Distinguished Alumni and Entrepreneurs Receive Honorary Degrees at Spring Commencements

Monday, May 6, 2019
Distinguished Spartan alumni Cousins and Whitmer to speak at commencements

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke at Michigan State University’s advanced degree graduation ceremony May 3 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In addition, former Spartan quarterback…

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Stretchable Skin to Power Wearable Tech

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Self-powered wearable tech

For emerging wearable tech to advance, it needs improved power sources. Now researchers from Michigan State University have provided a potential solution via crumpled carbon nanotube forests, or…

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Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration Honors Entrepreneurial Success

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Excitement and conversation filled the room as a record attendance of more than 400 people gathered at Spartan Stadium April 18 to celebrate faculty and students showcasing technologies…

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Weapons Trade Reveals a Darker Side to Dark Web

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Weapons trade reveals a darker side to dark web

Debates over gun regulations make headlines across the world, but there’s an underground operation for weapons that has drawn very little attention – until now. Researchers from Michigan…

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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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