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The Discovery Launchpad program at U of M Technology Commercialization's Venture Center guides inventors through the entrepreneurial wilderness.

Launched in February, the incubator is already working with a dozen startups to commercialize publicly funded research.

Faculty and researchers working with Discovery Launchpad are paired with advisers and coached through different aspects of starting a business. 

Many inventors are full-time faculty. Discovery Launchpad connects them with business partners who have the experience and time to run the business.

This story was published in April 2019 in the Minnesota Daily.