Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN)

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) – funded through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative – is a statewide public university network connecting Michigan’s corporations to university assets across the state. The MCRN Faculty Expertise Portal provides an overview of the related institutions, research grants, publications and patents that demonstrate the impact of these institutions within Michigan.

SCIP/TCA connects entrepreneurs with LSSU resources

Michigan entrepreneurs have an option for getting products to market faster, thanks to a matching funds program called Small Company Innovation Program, Technology and Commercialization Assistance (SCIP/TCA; pronounced “skip T-C-A”).

SCIP/TCA assists Michigan small companies, including startups, to access university resources at any of Michigan’s 15 public universities. Resources can include faculty expertise, use of laboratory equipment, testing services, etc.

 Learn more about SCIP/TCA.

SCIA connects small business with talent

The Small Company Internship Award Program (SCIA) provides funding to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. The SCIA program is targeted toward Michigan businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, and is designed to increase students’ exposure to innovative processes and products emerging from companies that employ high-skill workers and to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic Michigan companies after graduation. To be eligible for the SCIA program, companies must be based in Michigan with significant business operations in the state. Additional conditions apply. The SCIA is a capped matching grant program where funding for a 12-week internship or co-op position is matched between the SCIA and the hosting company.

Learn more about SCIA.

LSSU Business Engagement Center

  • Lake Superior State University
  • Business Engagement Center
  • 650 W Easterday Avenue
  • Room 135 R. W. Considine Hall
  • Sault ste. Marie, MI 49783
  • Phone 906-635-2426

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