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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  • Save the Date CATTEC VIII

    On October 15, 2015, CATTEC returns with the eighth in MRUN's series of regional invitational investment forums. CATTEC VIII brings together regional talent, ideas and capital in a showcase of emerging high tech startups from leading Midwest universities and seed incubators. 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.

  • A Message from Outgoing MRUN President Allen Dines

    This is to extend my personal invitation for you to join us on Tuesday, October 21 at CATTEC VII in Chicago. MRUN's CATTEC meetings have become a tradition for us as they bring together the fuel that enables start-up innovation and research commercialization in the Midwest. Put more simply: CATTEC brings YOU all together. You are the entrepreneurs, the investors, the university commercialization managers, the accelerators and the startup-engaged service providers that drive innovation. But if we do not know about each other the fuel cannot ignite. CATTEC meetings provide the venue that brings these different players together to exchange ideas. To continue reading, please click the headline.

  • 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 […]

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 […]

MRUN Intern Announcement – Fall 2014

Internship Description The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is announcing a call for intern(s) for the fall/ winter quarter. The incumbent(s) is(are) currently working on an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) program at a Chicago area university and has an interest in learning how research and entrepreneurial networks are established […]

Apply to Present at the CATTEC VII Technology Showcase

CATTEC VII Technology Showcase – October 21st, 2014 3:30-5:00CST Midwest Universities with Technology Commercialization programs are invited to have their start-ups apply to present at the CATTEC VII Technology Showcase. Applications are being accepted here. These fast pitches are designed to attract the attention of investors and to begin the dialog for potential investment. Entrepreneurs […]

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 […]