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Aug 2016
TechTown is Detroit’s most established business accelerator and incubator. Originally created to commercialize Wayne State University technologies and draw on the university’s research expertise, TechTown has broadened its mission to encompass a full suite of entrepreneurial services for both tech and neighborhood businesses.

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Aug 2014
WSU has embraced its role as an anchor institution in Detroit in several ways. First, the University has invested in community redevelopment. Midtown Detroit currently has a 97% occupancy rate for rental housing. As a major land owner in Midtown, WSU looks for creative ways to increase available housing stock, not only for the campus community, but the broader community. In 2007, the University entered into its first ever partnership with a private developer to build Studio One Apartments, the first phase of its South University Village plan.

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Aug 2014
Of course the core mission of WSU is the education of its students, an education which begins in the traditional classroom, but goes far beyond. WSU’s location in the heart of Detroit provides many opportunities for students to apply classroom learning to real-life challenges. Street Medicine Detroit and the Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law are two programs that underscore the difference Wayne State students are making in Detroit.

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Aug 2016
Since 2000, Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood has experienced a tremendous increase in residential, institutional and commercial development, and the heart of this success is an innovative collaboration between the Wayne State University Police Department (WSUPD) and several university and community partners. Through a series of innovative programs involving the WSUPD, the neighborhood has been able to secure more than $2 billion in area projects, build more than 2,000 new housing units since 2006, and attract 130 new businesses since just 2013.

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Aug 2016
Wayne State has been intentional in its efforts to transform from a commuter destination to a 24-hour campus, with strategic efforts around housing, transit and mobility, placemaking and public safety.

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Aug 2014
Wayne University has a long tradition of producing meaningful impacts on health outcomes in Detroit, the metropolitan region, and beyond. With the nation’s largest single-campus medical school, WSU provides world class education and training for health care professionals. About 30% of practicing physicians in Michigan and 43% of practicing physicians in the tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb received all or part of their medical training at Wayne State. By working with partners like the Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System, Wayne State maximizes the impact of its research and care capabilities for a stronger, healthier Detroit.

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Aug 2013
Food Chain Safety (FCS) was founded at Washington State University (WSU) in 2010 to maximize the impact from over a decade of food sterilization research in the lab of Dr. Juming Tang. Beginning in 1999 with a grant from the US Army and an industry consortium of US food producers, Dr. Tang began a 10-year journey to develop a process that could provide healthy, flavorful, and safe, foods to troops worldwide.

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Aug 2013
The creation of the Energy Systems Innovation Center (ESIC) in 2012 builds on Washington State University’s (WSU’s) strong power program and its national and international reputation in education and research. Power grid expertise is particularly relevant for Washington and the Pacific Northwest where low energy prices play a significant role in economic development for business expansion, retention, and especially recruitment.

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Aug 2013
The Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program is Washington State University Vancouver’s pro-bono, student conducted consultancy. We provide analysis and consulting to small businesses that helps them find ways to improve and grow. Its goals are to 1) Give practical experience to WSU Vancouver students and allow them to build their professional skills while working on real business issues. 2)Provide analysis and advice directed towards building sales and decreasing costs—bolstering the growth competitiveness of all organizations we serve. 3)Help create and retain jobs in the SW Washington/Portland metro area.

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Aug 2014
TORC was founded in 2005 and now employing about 35 people, with plans to add 8 employees this year in a new $2.5 million space located in a Blacksburg industrial park. TORC is also Involved in robotics research, including an intelligent ground vehicle competition that Tech won five years in a row, he spotted a disturbing trend. Bright and talented students would work with exceptional professors to develop groundbreaking innovations.

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