Michigan Corporate Relations Network Announces RFP for Second Round of the Small Company Innovation Program

East Lansing, MI –The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for the second round of its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) awards. SCIP provides cost-sharing grants to small-to medium-sized companies for research projects at MCRN universities. The six universities that make up MCRN are Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of... [Read More...]

Boston MichAGAIN Recap

This blog is written by Ann Arbor SPARK’s Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County. I’m just returning from Boston where a series of events had brought thousands of people into the city. The BIO International Convention and Enterprise 2.0 conference were in town, with upwards of 15,000 people there as a result. The Ann Arbor region was well represented at the BIO International Convention, with Velesco Pharmaceutical... [Read More...]

Michigan Corporate Relations Network Announces RFP for Small Company Innovation Program

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP).  The SCIP will provide cost-sharing grants to foster collaboration between MCRN universities and small-to medium-size companies on research projects for new commercial products or services. The six universities that make up MCRN are Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological... [Read More...]

“Open Source” Economic Development

Economic development in Michigan should take a page from the playbook of the ever-evolving software industry. Its “open source” philosophy – the source code that drives development should be open and available to all – is a model that can propel Michigan’s success in growing, retaining, and attracting business. Michael Finney, SPARK President & CEO Ann Arbor SPARK has taken steps to pilot this approach to economic development by designing... [Read More...]