Partnerships for Corporations & Industry

The University of Minnesota is a top ten public research university with researchers who are at the cutting edge of many fields. Your business can leverage this diversity of research strengths to help solve your business’s challenges. To help businesses navigate the University of Minnesota, we have developed touchpoints and pathways for this partnership.

Corporate Engagement Center

The Corporate Engagement Center (CEC) will help to connect your business with great University minds and research initiatives. In the area of research, CEC can:

  • Facilitate your navigation of UMN, finding your way to the right connections
  • Identify areas of strategic alignment
  • Match researchers with your organization
  • Set up a group of experts to meet with you

By design, CEC also offers a holistic experience for companies who may also be interested in hiring University graduates, their employees’ professional development, and sponsorship opportunities.


Visit the Corporate Engagement Center to get started!



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“Our hope is that our collaborations with the best and brightest in academia allow us to augment our internal abilities to provide innovative and transformative solutions for our customers.” 
–Ramana Kompella, PhD, Cisco research head in systems and networking

Read more about how a UMN Collaboration with Cisco Explores Frontier of Data Technologies.