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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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  • 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 […]

  • CATTEC VII

    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.

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 […]

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 […]