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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.

MSU Launches Minor in Entrepreneurship

Michigan State University launched a campuswide minor in entrepreneurship and innovation this week.

“Michigan State is committed to creating an entrepreneurial culture on campus and preparing our students to solve the world’s most pressing problems in innovative ways and to embark on careers that won’t resemble those of the past,” said Neil Kane, who started July 1 as MSU’s first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship.

MSU pairs with ExxonMobil to advance biofuel research

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.

BootCamp for Start-Ups Turns Business Ideas into Reality

GreenLight Entrepreneurship BootCamp set for August 18-22, 2014

LANSING, MI -- For first-time entrepreneurs, launching a business takes substantial research and planning before they start to see a profit. The GreenLight Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is tailor-made to help provide new leaders with start-up resources in one location. A partnership between Spartan Innovations, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and the MSU Innovation Center, this week-long instruction course helps take start-ups from ideation to harvest.