Our Partners

By its nature, MRUN operates at the cross section of many areas of interest that already have strong networking organizations. We are pleased to partner with the below key organizations that all  offer complementary capabilities and programs that contribute to supporting the Midwest startup ecosystem or serve to help bring MRUN members together.



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Marblar is a new platform that uses challenge-driven innovation to crowdsource market applications for dormant and emerging intellectual property assets (IP).  Marblar creates competitions around intellectual property that is frequently so cutting edge that applications are still evolving and not readily apparent even to those experienced with the technology.  Marblar encourages its members from around the world to find market applications for those technologies posted by tech transfer offices in academia and in industry.  Since launching in late Oct-2012 thousands of people have registered from over 100 countries, and have collectively found over 800 different applications for dormant IP.  Marblar has been featured in Nature, The New Scientist and The Economist.  Through a partnership between MRUN and Marblar, MRUN member universities can access the Marblar Platform as part of pilot program to introduce U.S. universities to the leverage potential from crowdsourcing market applications for IP.




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Midwest Co-investment Network is an organization comprised of 16 angel networks and funds across the Midwest including Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Members of MCoIN work together to improve the climate for angel investment in the Midwest through deal syndication, cooperation on due diligence and other practices.



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The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer  (NCET2) is an organization of entrepreneurial universities creating and funding university startups.  NCET2 promotes best practices in the creation and funding of university startups by supporting entrepreneurship and providing entrepreneurial education.  NCET2 connects investors, economic development organizations, public and private funds and tech transfer professionals in building communities of innovation at universities.  NCET2 provides an annual conference for innovation stakeholders to share experiences and create a constructive dialog on how to best work together.


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MHIN is a regional organization of Midwest venture capital firms focused on strengthening the ties among MHIN investor members to facilitate investments or syndication related to commercialization of research from Midwest startups and from Midwest research institutions



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IBF Conferences  provides a variety of themed conferences each year for the venture capital industry.  Each meeting offers timely topics from top quality speakers while providing networking opportunities for those who work in and with the industry.  Two major conferences organized by IBF have special significance for the Midwest.  The Mid-America Healthcare Venture Forum held each Fall in cooperation with MHIN (below) brings together VCs from across the Midwest and beyond and focuses on networking, exchange of information on trends affecting the industry and investment opportunities from emerging companies in the healthcare sector.  The Med Tech investing Conference, held in Minneapolis each May focuses on medical device investing, an industry with substantial concentration in the Midwest.