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Aug 2016
The innovationAcademy (iA) at UNM is “priming the pump” for a new generation of entrepreneurs across all disciplines at the University of New Mexico. The goal is to capture students interested in all aspects of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship (ICE) and train them for careers as independent business owners and social innovators.

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Aug 2016
STC.UNM, the technology transfer and economic development arm of the University of New Mexico started in 1995. It has since spun off 103 start-up companies from UNM technologies, and twelve new businesses formed with UNM technology in the fiscal year 2016.

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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 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
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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Jul 2016
The DifferenceMaker program contributes to UMass Lowell’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and supports growth of new businesses and industries by allowing students to apply their education through experiential learning. The DifferenceMaker program1 was launched in June 2012, under the auspices of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell. The goal of the program is to introduce students to creative problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as accelerate purpose in their education, connect them to experienced alumni, and encourage an ethos of social responsibility.

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Aug 2015
In 1993, Samuel Mockbee and Dennis K. Ruth established the Auburn University Rural Studio within the School of Architecture. Conceived as a method to improve the living conditions in western rural Alabama and to include hands-on experience in an architectural pedagogy, it began designing and building homes that same fall. Rural Studio is an off-campus design-build program that is known for recycling, reusing, and remaking.

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Aug 2015
Established in 2007, the Auburn University NPTC started out researching simple ways to help poultry growers save money and increase profitability. For instance, the center found that growers could cut heating costs by about 15 percent just by recirculating air inside poultry houses to improve the efficiency of the heating system and keep birds more comfortable. Now the NPTC is helping this vital Alabama industry save about $34 million a year through its research and outreach efforts aimed at increasing the efficiency of poultry production facilities.

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Aug 2015
Beginning in 2009, Auburn University’s Marine Extension and Research Center and Auburn University Shellfish Lab’s Dr. Bill Walton partnered with Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium to tackle the hurdles to this industry in Alabama, conducting research to identify the most cost-effective methods of raising oysters best suited to the region. Auburn partnered with a number of industry members to share the results and identify research priorities moving forward.

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Aug 2015
AT CU-ICAR, TALENT IS PART OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM. CUICAR provides an example of a national best practice for public-private partnership focused on talent development aligned with industry research and education.1 The $250+ million innovation campus—founded in collaboration with Clemson University Foundation, BMW, Michelin, Timken, the state of SC and others—launched the first graduate program in automotive engineering (AuE) in the US in 2007 as a direct response to industry needs.

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