Technology Commercialization News & Announcements

Early Innovation Fund

Early Innovation Funds Available

April 2, 2024

Up to $10K in funding is available for short-term projects that advance early-stage innovations. All UMN researchers and employees are eligible, including faculty, postdocs, grad students, and staff. The application opens April 15.

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Two UMN Startups Included in Minnesota Energy Alley

March 21, 2024

UMN startups Carba and Aza Power Systems included in a new clean energy initiative funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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Three UMN Startups Place in Walleye Tank

March 21, 2024

This spring’s sold out Walleye Tank was the most successful yet, with twice the audience and twice the applicants as previous iterations of the life science pitch competition.

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Call for Abstracts - 3M Poster Session

March 21, 2024

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with 3M, is hosting a poster session June 3, 2024 for current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Abstracts are due April 17.

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Patent Roll Call: 2023

March 20, 2024

Congratulations to these UMN researchers who were awarded patents for their discoveries! In 2023, UMN researchers were issued 98 US patents (foreign patents not included).

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Taking Sustainability from the Lab to the Board Room

March 18, 2024

Institute on the Environment (IonE) research scientist Rylie Pelton applies her IonE sustainability learnings to the real world through her consulting company, LEIF, LLC. 

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Walleye Tank Life Science Pitch Competition - March 15

February 1, 2024

Join us Friday, March 15, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. for the spring edition of Walleye Tank, a fun startup pitch competition and tradition highlighting Minnesota life science innovators.

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New UMD Startup Enters the Cancer Drug Development Space

January 19, 2024

Launched in 2023, the University of Minnesota Duluth-based Rebase BioTech is currently testing 25 potential drugs with the hopes of commercializing at least one.

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Forever Green Initiative: Developing More Sustainable Crops

January 17, 2024

UMN’s Forever Green Initiative works to develop and popularize crops with sturdy root systems suitable for winter growing, including Kernza and camelina.

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