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Nov. 28th is Give Green Day

It only makes sense that student entrepreneurs interested in food and agriculture would thrive at Michigan State University.

As a Land Grant Institution with agricultural roots, it’s in our institution’s very DNA — MSU has been graduating food entrepreneurs since 1855. Recently, however, student momentum around food-based startups has increased in delightful ways.

ADVANCE Fund Awardee Announcement

Administered by Michigan State University and the Michigan Strategic Fund, through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the ADVANCE Grant Proof of Concept Fund provides an incentive for faculty with early stage technologies at Michigan public universities to engage with their university’s technology transfer office to advance their technologies toward commercialization. 

The following five awards were given in August and October, and represent the most recent list of awardees, as of October 2017.   

ADVANCE Grant Proof-of-Concept Fund Launches at MSU

The MSU Innovation Center is proud to manage and administer the ADVANCE Grant Program sponsored by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on behalf of all public universities throughout the State of Michigan. This university early stage proof-of-concept fund is designed to closely align with other programs (e.g. MTRAC, T3N, First Capital Fund), as well as angel and venture capital within the State to provide a pipeline of de-risked technologies and fundable startup opportunities for further advancement.

Michigan State University Foundation Launches $5M Venture Fund, Red Cedar Ventures LLC

The Michigan State University Foundation (MSUF) announced today the formation of its new, $5M venture investing subsidiary, Red Cedar Ventures. Its newest program features both a pre-seed fund and an opportunity fund focused on helping Michigan State University-based startups and technologies overcome critical funding gaps, accelerate growth, and provide follow-on, growth-stage capital.

Mercedes Benz Financial Joins Forces with MSU

Mercedes Benz Financial is modernizing with innovative, entrepreneurial students at Michigan State University. What began as a meeting with MSU's Business-CONNECT to explore collaboration became a project with the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at MSU’s Broad College of Business and Lansing Economic Area Partnership to develop out-of-the-box ideas for the Mercedes Benz brand.

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