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Montana State recognized for leadership in fostering economic growth, prosperity and innovation

“Our commitment to ensuring the university has a positive impact on talent, innovation and place is exemplified by this designation. We remain focused on working with communities across the state to improve their economic well-being and contribute in meaningful ways to their economic growth.” Alison Harmon, MSU vice president for research and economic development

“AI won’t take your job. It’s somebody using AI that will take your job.”

“41% of leaders (extremely familiar with AI) expect to redesign business processes from the ground up with AI.”

Rural Universities Experiment with ‘Innovation Hubs’

What if rural communities could create hubs that bring together such ideas, and potentially lead to building new local businesses as well?

Lab to Startup – Lessons from Evolution of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at UC Berkeley

I hope you get some insights from this story, and walk away with appreciation and potentially actionable steps if you are trying to build startup ecosystems on your campuses.

Montana State University ranked as one of the top universities in the world according to Center for World University Rankings

The ranking, which came from the Center for World University Rankings, set MSU as No. 758 out of 20,966 universities globally.

Montana State University graduate student venture nabs top award at fifth annual $100K Venture Competition

The entrepreneurial event included eight ventures, many from current students. The competition was open to all students, faculty, staff and recent graduates in the Montana University System. The eight finalists were selected from a pool of more than 40 applicants.

Recent Research: Predicting the commercial potential of science

Using a large language model to analyze scientific findings, the researchers predicted the likelihood that a discovery will lead to marketable products or processes.

Finalists selected for upcoming $100K Montana State University Venture Competition

The competition was open to students, faculty, staff and recent alumni of the Montana University System. Finalists will pitch their business ventures to a panel of judges who will provide feedback and distribute $100,000 among the winners.

Spring 2024 Montana State University “CATalyst” Quantum Gap Fund Opportunity Announcement

The MSU Technology Transfer Office announces the availability of quantum technology commercialization “gap funds,” to support the pre-commercialization activities around MSU-owned inventions exhibiting strong market potential. 

Applications open for Montana State’s $100K Venture Competition to be held on April 24

The annual event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Montana University System-affiliated campuses, as well as MUS faculty and staff and alumni who graduated within the past 10 years from an MUS campus.