Michigan Corporate Relations Network

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) began as a collaboration between six of Michigan’s leading research universities: Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. These six schools, which stretch from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the state’s southeast and southwest corners, are responsible for 98 percent of the academic research done in Michigan, 99 percent of all patent activity and the education of more than 160,000 students statewide.

Begun in 2011 with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Strategic Fund Board (MSF), MCRN is the first statewide network in the country to provide a coordinated university outreach effort to encourage business growth and attraction. Offering comprehensive Business Engagement Offices and a web-based Experts Portal for companies and entrepreneurs, MCRN also has three programs aimed at helping small and mid-sized companies: the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP), Small Company Internship Award (SCIA), and, for larger firms, the Instant Innovation Program.

About the URC
The University Research Corridor is an alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to transform, strengthen and diversify the state's economy.
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