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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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    The seventh annual CATTEC Conference will bring together regional talent, ideas and capital in a showcase of emerging high tech startups from leading Midwest universities and seed incubators on October 21, 2014, in Chicago, IL. With each CATTEC, angel and early stage venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and university managers engaged as startup facilitators meet and develop connections that strengthen the Midwest's new venture innovation network.

  • 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).

  • 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.

Calling all Entrepreneurs Interested in Presenting at Great Plains Capital Conference

The August 15 deadline for entrepreneurs to present at Great Plains Capital Conference is approaching quickly.  Great Plains Capital Conference, taking place in Wichita, KS, on September 25, 2014, will bring together the region’s technology leaders, entrepreneurs and angel investors for presentations by emerging businesses seeking funding.  Twelve to fifteen companies will be selected to present a twelve minute […]

University Research Pitch Track Debuts at MGCS with MRUN’s Support

This year’s Michigan Growth Capital Symposium debuted the University Research Pitch Track, which spotlighted the start-up landscape at Midwest Universities and profiled a number of emerging companies.  The session was led by MRUN Vice President Gary Keller and featured presentations by representatives from the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and […]

MRUN to be a Sponsoring Partner Organization for AdvaMed 2014

The Midwest Research University Network is excited to be a Sponsoring Partner Organization for AdvaMed 2014, the leading MedTech Conference in North America. It will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL from October 6-8, 2014. As part of this partnership, MRUN members are entitled to a 20% discount on registration fees into the conference.  Contact Gary Keller for […]

Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit

Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation Summit, “Now It’s Personal,” is bringing together some of the most influential names in healthcare to discuss the future of Cancer Treatment and Personalized Medicine. The 12th annual Summit, taking place October 27-29 in Cleveland, presents an opportunity to network with over 1,500 fellow leaders and expand your understanding of the healthcare […]

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 […]