University of Michigan
Former University of Michigan basketball captain, David Merritt believes in “good business.” Born in West Bloomfield, Mich., Merritt graduated from U-M and launched a cause-based fashion brand called Merit. The company helps disadvantaged youth get to college by donating 20 percent of everything – not just their profits, but their entire revenue line – to fund college scholarships. Read More …
Wayne State University
Emily Lowther, a Ph.D. student in speech-language pathology with an emphasis on genetics, stuttering and Down syndrome, came to Wayne State University in August 2014 from Australia, specifically because of the research opportunities in WSU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Read More …
Michigan State University
Dana Roefer (MSU ’07) and her husband lived in Austin, Texas, where was active in the Austin Spartans chapter of the MSU Alumni Association, which kept her connected to her native state in more ways than one. In addition to rooting for the Spartans on game day, the Alumni Association served as a welcome reminder of the great things associated with the state of Michigan. More importantly, it served as a powerful conduit to a global network of people and organizations, including State of Michigan recruiting events, like MichAGAIN in 2012. After five years in Texas, Amway North America in Grand Rapids recruited Dana, where she is now Lead Corporate Strategist in Global Strategic Planning. Read More …
The University Research Corridor showcases Michigan’s world class universities, economic competitiveness, and scientific breakthroughs being made every day in our state. This innovative partnership is creating jobs, fostering relationships with all types of businesses, from our largest corporations to smallest entrepreneurial businesses, and driving innovation in all sectors of our economy.
I think certainly there has been an uptick in entrepreneurship in the state, and I think a lot of that is owed to the URC getting more involved in economic development in the last 10 years.
The URC is an incredible asset for our industry, state, and citizens in terms of the scale of R&D conducted at its universities in critically important areas. Medical and healthcare discoveries with the potential to improve and save lives position Michigan as a top state for innovation in the life, medical and health sciences.