Welcome to MRUN 2.0. We are about Midwest Startups. We bring together the people behind the ideas, the talent and the capital that drive research and technology commercialization.

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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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  • 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. […]

  • Nominate Your Startups for the Global 1000 Conference

    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 more […]

  • Innovation 2013 – Canada’s R&D Partnership Conference

    Earlier this year, MRUN and ACCT Canada partnered to promote and support commercialization and technology transfer activities among their respective membership and communities.  ACCT Canada’s event, INNOVATION 2013, in December is focused on doing just that. Each year, close to 350 technology transfer and industry engagement practitioners from academia, industry and government as well as venture […]

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 […]

AUTM 2014 Venture Forum

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is seeking academic and research institution-affiliated startup companies to participate in the AUTM 2014 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition, taking place February 21 during the AUTM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The first place startup company will receive a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by Hopes Creek Consulting. […]

Membership Survey Results Are In!

Survey Key Findings First off, thank you to everyone who participated in our Membership Survey. Your opinions matter greatly to us, and we are using the survey results to inform our upcoming initiatives to continually improve your MRN membership experience. So without further ado, here is what we learned: Some MRUN membership benefits are not […]