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There's more new at MRUN than our logo and this website. MRUN has always been a network for Midwest universities and research institutions. MRUN 2.0 now includes investors, entrepreneurs and those who support them.

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  • Call for Speakers at The Illinois Institute of Technology Real-Time Communications Conference & Expo

    MRUN is pleased to announce we have recently agreed to cross-sponsor the Illinois Institute of Technology Real-Time Communications Conference. This year's IIT RTC Conference will take place September 30-October 2 on the IIT Main Campus in Chicago, IL, where thought leaders from industry and academia will connect to discuss, debate and shape the future of the rapidly changing real-time communications field. Presentation proposals about how we think, create and implement real-time communications services and applications can be submitted on their website (www.rtc-conference.com).

  • Where Are They Now? – Presented by Global Midwest Alliance and Polsinelli

    Join Global Midwest Alliance and Polsinelli on July 10, 2014, in Chicago as they present a program celebrating past winners and a look ahead to the 2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition. The event will feature an update on the success of last year’s winners of the Polsinelli Innovation Competition, discussion about the most recent trends in innovation and clean tech investment, and networking opportunities with executives, entrepreneurs, investors, professional service providers, academics and other professionals from the clean tech community. Seats are limited. Register on or before July 9 to confirm your attendance.

  • Enter the 2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition

    Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) are pleased to invite you to participate in the Polsinelli Innovation Competition. The competition, now in its sixth year, is being held on October 23, 2014, during the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program, which will focus on the Midwest's excellence in technology, clean technology innovation, products and services. Entries are due July 25, 2014.

Where Are They Now? – A Program Presented by Polsinelli and Global Midwest Alliance

On July 10, 2014, Global Midwest Alliance and Polsinelli will present a program in Chicago featuring: an update on the success of last year’s winners of the Polsinelli Innovation Competition, discussion about the most recent trends in innovation and clean tech investments, and network opportunities with executives, entrepreneurs, investors, professional service providers, academics and other professionals from the clean […]

IPTComm Call for Papers

MRUN is pleased to announce we have recently agreed to cross-sponsor the Illinois Institute of Technology Real-Time Communications Conference.  IIT RTC Conference is a globally recognized collaborative event, where industry and academia connect. Leveraging its unique academic setting, this annual conference brings together technical professionals and business executives from the data and telecommunications industry, standards […]

MRUN Members Invited to Participate in a University ‘Pitch’ Track at the 2014 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) has long been a regarded as one of the Midwest’s premier investor forums that brings together investors and emerging startup ventures in the Midwest.  The 33rd MGCS will take place June 17 & 18, 2014 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan and will showcase 35-40 of the ‘Best of […]

Soliciting Companies for 2014 InvestMidwest

The 2014 InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum, taking place March 26-17, 2014 in St. Louis, is seeking high growth companies from throughout the Midwest to apply to present at the conference. The selection committee includes venture capital professionals and select corporate, legal and financial professionals. The 2014 InvestMidwest will include three separate industry tracks presenting concurrently: […]

A Call for Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Presenters

Presenting company applications will be accepted on the MGCS website starting January 1, 2014. The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) is an event where financiers can meet the ‘Best of the Midwest’ in new businesses and emerging technologies. The June 2014 symposium is expected to bring together over 450 attendees including top investors from across the country, executives of early […]

Cleantech & TechConnect World – Calling for Abstracts, IP, Start-up and SBIR Technologies

The 7th Annual Cleantech Conference and Showcase, co-located at the TechConnect World Conference, includes presentations from over 4,000 technology developers, investors and partners along with hundreds of showcasing technologies from around the world. The conference will take place June 15-19,2014 in Washington D.C. as TechConnect World expand its communities to be the world’s largest multi-industry […]

2013 Midwest Cleantech Innovation Summit Winners

Congratulations to the Midwest Cleantech Innovation Summit winners!  Over the last five months, 21 regional startups worked with the Midwest Cleantech Open network, honing their commercialization plans. Each of these companies was featured during last week’s Midwest Innovation Summit, and will now be on display at the national event, the Global Forum, in Silicon Valley […]

Clean Energy Challenge 2014 Awarding up to $500,000 in Prizes

The Clean Energy Challenge is the Midwest’s leading showcase for clean energy innovation. The annual event combines a business plan competition for Midwestern entrepreneurs, researchers and students with presentations by leading clean energy thinkers and doers. Up to $500,000 in prizes will be awarded to the most promising companies at the 2014 Clean Energy Challenge. […]

Nominate Your Startups

Nominate your innovative startups to present to a select group of invitation-only Global 1000 companies as part of the Virtual Startups Showcase (VSS) and the Global 1000 Meet, Partner, Deal: Startups Showcase + Conference in Washington, DC. Global Corporate Venturing is the fastest growing venturing activity in the world with already about $100 billion in venturing assets and […]