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 of new ventures. Our focus this year continues to be on bringing investors, university commercialization managers, entrepreneurs, accelerators and engaged service providers together to build relationships that help them attain their goals.
Expanded activities this year include our university tech innovation panel this Spring as part of the Michigan Growth Capital Conference. We also continue our work with ACCT Canada and the Midwest Co-Investment Network (MCOIN). Our newest collaboration is with AdvaMed in connection with their annual 2014 conference to be held this year in Chicago Oct 6-9. Also new this year we are promotional sponsors for IITs Real Time Computing conference to be held Sept 30-Oct 1. Planning is well underway for our own Fall annual meeting CATTEC VII which will return to the Illinois Science and Tech Park on Oct 21 with an exciting program focusing on emerging trends and new models that are changing the landscape for startup commercialization.
Personally, I am thrilled to see the continued interest in MRUN and the support from our membership for dynamic regional relationships. On Sept 19 I will step down from my position at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In my thirteen years with the University I have curated the evolution of the Madison Startup ecosystem and helped orchestrate tremendous changes in the resources available to, and connectivity among, entrepreneurs in the Madison community and beyond. In the course of that I have met many people having aligned interests and that has opened a variety of other opportunities.
I have concluded it is time for me to move on to explore other ways I can contribute to the growth and success of new tech ventures in the Midwest. With that I am pleased to announce that Gary Keller who has been MRUN’s Vice President and Managing Director since 2012 will take my place and become the MRUN President effective Oct 31. Gary’s experience, organization skills and incredible connections in this space will be a great asset to MRUN going forward. Please watch for additional new initiatives under Gary’s leadership that will take MRUN to new levels in its role of illuminating and connecting the regional startup ecosystem. I will remain engaged in the organization as President Emeritus and as an advisor the President and the MRUN Board.