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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  • Deadline Extended to Jan. 13! AUTM 2017 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition

    Is your startup's business plan worth $10,000? Compete with academic and research institution-affiliated startup companies during the AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida USA. The forum will include a business plan competition, where academic-affiliated startup companies pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors for a $10,000 cash prize. The event will provide valuable experience and feedback to our startup finalists, and will be educational for meeting attendees. The deadline to apply is approaching on January 13th.

  • InvestMidwest Seeking Applicants to Present

    Now through January 13, 2017, the 18th annual InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum is seeking high-growth, Midwest companies to apply to present at the conference. This year's event will take place on March 28-29 in Kansas City. In past years, participants have included up to 45 companies in the three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy. Past presenting companies at InvestMidwest have raised over $1 billion in funding and through acquisitions.

  • LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition – Deadline Dec. 16th

    The Licensing Executives Society Foundation International Business Plan Competition, now in its 14th year, focuses uniquely on the connection between intellectual property (IP) and business strategy. Throughout the competition, participating teams can work closely with seasoned professionals to discover concepts that could otherwise take many years of experience to learn. The competition is free! Registration begins November 16, 2016.

Save The Date – AdvaMed 2016

AdvaMed 2016 is the leading MedTech Conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together for business development, capital formation, world-class educational opportunities and networking. A “must attend” event featuring a diverse attendee list that includes influential policy-makers, executives and media, AdvaMed 2016 seeks to advance the industry from key perspectives through panel sessions, executive forums and […]

The University of Illinois at Chicago Presents “Academia and Related Export Controls The Impact & Implications of Compliance and Non-Compliance”

Don’t miss out on the program “Academia and Related Export Controls The Impact & Implications of Compliance and Non-Compliance”, presented by The University of Illinois at Chicago . This unique dialogue takes place on the September 30th, 2015, and is designed specifically for academic institutions, labs, federally funded research and development centers and any entity doing research with foreign nationals […]

Evolving Export Controls, Compliance and Enforcement – September 29

The Evolving Export Controls, Compliance and Enforcement event on September 29th will include: The Latest on Export Controls: Overview and All the Latest Including Export Control Reform (ECR) Issues, the Related Changing Compliance and Enforcement Environment with Obligations Under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations Case Study Insight into Minimizing Risk, Exposure […]

BioNetwork Partnering Summit

May 04 – 06, 2015 / Miami, FL / Trump International Beach Resort Miami The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is a media sponsor of BioNetworking East with a focus on attracting university startups to engage in presentations to this investment and partnering audience. Since 2003 BioNetwork has been providing the essential platform for business […]

MATTER Midwest University HealthTech Showcase

MATTER is teaming up with research universities in the Midwest to showcase their top healthcare technologies on March 9, 2015. Spend the evening learning about key innovation taking place at the Midwestern universities and get to know the researchers and entrepreneurs who are driving the effort. Technology summaries will be provided to all attendees and programming will […]

LES 2015 Graduate Student Business Plan Competition

Licensing Executives Society’s (LES) 2015 Graduate Student Business Plan Competition provides an opportunity to take your business plan to the next level with an IP strategy that will help you achieve your business goals.  Compete for prizes and money, including a $10,000 grand prize or $5,000 LES International Global Award, while gathering insight from valuable […]

Gary Keller, MRUN President, to Speak at NEIU International Business Conference

Gary Keller, President of MRUN and Chief Executive Officer of Xomix Ltd., will be speaking at the International Business Conference 2015.  International Business Conference is an annual event of the College of Business and Management of Northeastern Illinois University that brings together students and professionals from all over the United States and the world.  This free, open-to-public […]

LES Panel Presentation and Discussion: Boosting Start-ups in Chicago

Please join LES Chicago on Thursday, February 19, for an informative luncheon event focusing on three key organizations in Chicago dedicated to assisting start-up companies and creating an entrepreneurial culture in Chicago. Hear from the leaders of these Chicago-based organizations: Chicago Innovations Mentors – who supply mentors and mentor teams to start-ups; iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center […]

MRUN Newsletter Fall 2014

Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of the MRUN Update.  As you will see below MRUN has been active this year with several new initiatives as well as with building on the base we have established over the last dozen years since MRUNs inception.  MRUN has always been about regional cooperation to support local commercialization […]