MSU Research Foundation Welcomes Five Startups to Incubator Facilities

MSU Research Foundation

EAST LANSING, MI — The Michigan State University Research Foundation welcomed five startup businesses to incubator facilities in East Lansing and Grand Rapids during the third quarter (January through March) of the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

Joining the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) in East Lansing are:

  • ADASTEC Corp, a software development company that enables public transit buses to operate autonomously on public roads.

  • Approva, developers of a web-based platform that connects mortgage brokers and lenders, offering automation, seamless communication, and access to critical data sources.

  • ISaab Innovations (formerly MultiFlow LLC), a medical technology startup focused on surgical technology development, holding patents in medical syringes, implantable devices, and first aid suturing.

  • Targets’ Tip, providing educational programs and materials designed to help the scientific workforce identify various forms of bullying and harassment.

“We’re excited to welcome these companies to the ecosystem,” said Jeff Smith, Director of Research Parks. “Our commitment to fostering development and collaboration with local, regional and state partners continues to expand, and we’re eager to see the transformative impact these diverse startups will have on the economic landscape.”

Joining the startup community at The Bridge in Grand Rapids is:

  • EBC Energy, helping businesses transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy practices by turning bio-waste into profitable energy solutions.

“EBC is the second international company to join The Bridge in our short time of operation,” said Kyle McGregor, Director of Venture Creation. “We’re excited to support their efforts to bring scalable and renewable energy solutions to market and hope to continue attracting more international companies eager to be part of the tech ecosystem we’re building in Michigan.”

The TIC and The Bridge are both multi-tenant facilities designed to support emerging companies and researcher groups. The TIC provides a 7,000 square foot collaborative workspace, programmatic support, and other essential resources for tech startups in East Lansing. With 19 offices and two conference rooms, it is a vibrant hub, encouraging forward-thinking entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and foster exceptional company growth. The TIC is operated in partnership with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and the Lansing Regional SmartZone. The Bridge is located on the fourth floor of the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building within the MSU Grand Rapids Innovation Park. It nurtures high-tech startups and researcher groups, offering office spaces, collaborative environments, flex desks, workstations, conference facilities, and networking opportunities. Comprehensive startup programming and services are provided by the MSU Research Foundation.

This story was originally published by the MSUResearchFoundation.


About the MSU Innovation Center: 

The MSU Innovation Center is dedicated to fostering innovation, research commercialization, and entrepreneurial activities from the research and discovery happening across our campus every day. We act as the primary interface for researchers aiming to see their research applied to solving real-world problems and making the world a better place to live. We aim to empower faculty, researchers, and students within our community of scholars by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to bring their discoveries to the forefront. Through strategic collaborations with the private sector, we aim to amplify the impact of faculty research and drive economic growth while positively impacting society. We foster mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with the private sector through corporate-sponsored research collaborations, technology licensing discussions, and support for faculty entrepreneurs to support the establishment of startup companies.   

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