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.
Applications for the fifth annual GreenLight Business Model Competition (GBMC) are open for the statewide startup pitch contest. GBMC is an early-stage pitch competition bringing together entrepreneurs and small business supporters from all over Michigan.
Proposals for 2017 Starter Awards are due to the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio on December 9th, 2016. Applicants are asked to submit requests for proposal information and forms or questions regarding the application process to Karen Studer-Rabeler (517.884.1824) or Melanie Adkins (517.884.1659)
RecoveryPark Farms is a Detroit agriculture enterprise providing fresh, local specialty produce to quality area restaurants, using novel lighting technology to support sustainable year-round growing. This lighting technology is the product of an ongoing partnership with RecoveryPark Farms, Michigan State University and the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), combining expertise from Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit.
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.
MSU IC will participate in Giving Tuesday on November 29th, a global day of philanthropy that kicks off the charitable season by encouraging individuals, communities and organizations around the world to come together to celebrate and encourage giving.
John Mohyi, college innovator from Michigan State University and CEO of Mohyi Labs was selected as a 2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) Finalist. This is the first time MSU has been part of this competition; other 2016 finalist universities include Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and MIT.
The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program (MTRAC) at Michigan State University selected six awardees for grants focusing on key activities required to move technologies out of the lab and into marketable products or services. This program accelerates commercial development science and technology projects in AgBio, one of MSU’s core strengths.
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