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Partner Links

The Missouri Partnership 
This nonprofit economic development organization was formed in 2007 with the intention of bringing new business and industry into the state. The Partnership works together with other economic development organizations at the state, regional and local levels to attract new companies and help advance Missouri’s standing as an industrial leader.

Missouri Technology Corporation 
MTC is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship, foster the growth of new high-tech companies, and lead efforts to expand Missouri’s high-tech clusters in areas such as plant science, animal health, information technology, medical device and applied engineering.

Columbia Regional Economic Development, Inc. 
REDI was organized in 1988 to promote positive economic expansion in the city of Columbia, Mo. and Boone County. In addition to providing available site and building information, comprehensive area demographics and labor availability studies, REDI organizes community tours and facilitates community leader introductions.

Missouri Department of Economic Development 
Led by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, the department of economic development leads the state’s strategic initiative for economic growth, funding opportunities and conferences.

Kansas City Area Development Council 
The KCADC is a private, non-profit organization charged with representing the economic interests of the two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City. Their mission includes branding the region as one product, enhancing awareness of the metro area’s assets and positioning the region against other major metros.

St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association
The RCGA evolved into its current form in 1973 and is responsible for serving as the regional chamber of commerce for over 4,000 member companies, as the bi-state region’s lead economic development organization and to investigate and support public policy initiatives that help the region to thrive and grow.

Rolla Regional Economic Commission
The RREC is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated exclusively to the development of Phelps County, Mo. The board is compromised of major stakeholders in the county and is funded by a combination of public and private investments.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 
The Kauffman Foundation, established in the mid-1960s, is among the thirty largest foundations in the U.S. Its vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.”

University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
UIDP provides a forum for university and industry representatives to meet and discuss contracting and intellectual property policy, publication and technology transfer preferences, and other issues.

PIPELINE is the first entrepreneurial immersion program of its kind in the country and continues to stand out as the only regional fellowship program designed to both equip high-growth entrepreneurs with the training, networks, resources and mentors to assist them over their entire career--while aggressively growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem over a diverse geography.

Missouri Cures 
Founded in 2004 as the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Missouri Cures is dedicated to informing Missourians about timely medical advances taking place in our state and around the world. The organization has grown to include more than 150,000 individuals and more than 100 leading patient, medical, faith and community groups.

Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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309 University Hall
Columbia MO, 65211
Phone: 573-882-6726
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