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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: URC not alone in driving tech

March 4, 2012

Crain's technology reporter Tom Henderson wrote about the advancement of tech transfer in Michigan since the formation of the University Research Corridor (URC) in 1999. Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan were the institutions comprising the URC charged with boosting research in the state. Henderson wrote that the new $2.4 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. perhaps better acknowledges the breadth of university research in the state creating a supply of seasoned entrepreneurs to help startups evolve into for-profit companies. This goal will be achieved through a database including alumni who may be willing to help with time or funding; consultants, mentors and business-coaching volunteers; information on economic-development programs; and access to investors.