Michigan State University has a long history of successful partnerships with the business community and a hard-earned reputation for creatively applying knowledge to real-world problems. A number of MSU centers provide resources that support business development.

MSU Innovation Center (

  • MSU Business-CONNECT helps companies leverage MSU’s wealth of resources more efficiently, including MSU’s extensive base of human knowledge and source materials, high-end scientific equipment and facilities, and invaluable international connections and educational services.
  • MSU Technologies facilitates the commercial development and public use of technologies and copyrightable materials developed by MSU faculty and staff.
  • Spartan Innovations helps develop MSU innovations - ideas, technologies, creative activities - into successful Michigan businesses. 

MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio

The business experts in the Michigan Product Centerwork with any and all entrepreneurs or existing businesses that are interested in pursuing new ventures, either new businesses or new products and services, related to agriculture, food, bioeconomy or natural resource industries.

MSU Bioeconomy Institute (Holland, Michigan)

The MSU Bioeconomy Institute provides chemical pilot plant scale-up production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities of all sizes. It also offers business incubation opportunities and extensive laboratory space rental, as well as educational programming and training.



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