The 2016 Innovation Celebration highlights groundbreaking technology from MSU labs and startup companies from across Michigan State University’s campus. Drones, neural communication, advanced engine systems, improved plant varieties and many more fascinating technologies are showcased, along with new startup companies.
MSUFCU GRAND PRIZE ($25,000): Orindi Ventures
SECOND PRIZE ($10,000): Spartan Assays
Twenty teams of finalists have been selected to compete in the fourth annual GreenLight Business Model Competition. With opportunities to win up to $50,000 in cash prizes, these finalists will present their business concepts in front of an expert panel and live audience at MSU’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Finalist teams include:
The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU announces a new addition to this year’s lineup: YouTube superstar Tyler Oakley. Established as one of the most influential LGBT vloggers, Tyler Oakley is an A-Lister in the digital age. Tyler and his best friend Korey Kuhl, both MSU alumni, host Psychobabble, a weekly show that tops the iTunes podcast charts.
The Conquer Accelerator program at Michigan State University is now accepting applications for their first intensive summer series. Designed to help both newer and established companies overcome business hurdles, Conquer emphasizes smart planning and growth, extensive mentorship from an experienced bench of professionals and structured educational components.
A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.
David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at the MSU-DOE Plant and Research Laboratory (PRL), says that the overall goal of the partnership is to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis in microalgae to produce biofuels and bioproducts.
The MSU Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Program for the Bio-Economy requests proposal submissions with an application deadline of Monday, November 16, 2015. This program accelerates commercial development of Ag/Bio science and technology projects, one of MSU’s core strengths.
A new Michigan State University startup company has found a way to apply Michigan’s role as first in chestnut production to the booming microbrew industry. Treeborn Products craft-roasts chestnuts to be used in the brewing process for both gluten-free and regular ales, stouts and porters. Their craft-roasting process helps maximize chestnuts’ naturally sweet, nutty flavor.
Michigan State University, with partnership and support from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the food, beverage, and consumer products industries, established the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS).
Awardees Honored at MSU Innovation Celebration
EAST LANSING, MI – From clear solar cells (to be used as windows on cars, buildings and more) to Ag drones to beer brewed with craft-roasted Michigan chestnuts, the Innovation Celebration showcases some of the latest and greatest technologies and startups from students and faculty alike at MSU.