An Indiana college has joined a new innovation alliance. Purdue University says it will help researchers across the Midwest turn their ideas into sellable products as part of The Midwest I-Corps Node.
“It is exciting to be a part of a network that is working to shift the culture of traditional academic research toward impact inspired research in the Midwest,” said Matthew Lynall, management professor and deliberate innovation for faculty director at Purdue University’s Discovery Park.
Supported by a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program, Purdue joins the University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Toledo. The goal of the alliance is to provide a network that will support and connect academic researchers to the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the Midwest.
“Leveraging the resources of these outstanding research universities is of great benefit,” said Ian Steff, executive vice president and chief innovation officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “This exciting program has a great deal of potential to support the Midwest’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship in further developing industries of the 21st century.”
The Midwest I-Corps Node will begin operations in January.