The University of Kansas has earned a prestigious distinction for its leadership in fostering local and regional economic development. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced today that KU has been named to its 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. KU is one of only 18 institutions nationwide chosen this year, joining just 30 others selected since the program began in 2013.
A new University of Kansas investment in training and support for startup companies formed from university research is already beginning to pay off. A KU startup company has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from NASA to further develop an unmanned aircraft system collision avoidance radar.
Nine technologies invented and developed by 13 researchers at the University of Kansas will be featured June 14-17 at the TechConnect World Conference and Expo in Washington, DC. The event is the world’s largest showcase and accelerator for industry-vetted emerging technologies ready for commercialization.
The University of Kansas continues to move research discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. As part of this effort, four inventions that are near the commercialization stage have been awarded up to $50,000 each through the university’s Proof of Concept (POC) Fund.
Entrepreneurs are always looking for the next big idea, the next cool technology, the next life-saving cure.
Certainly, these next-generation technologies and concepts can be discovered in a variety of places, including private industry.
But one of the best—and perhaps still underutilized—sources of innovative technology for entrepreneurs is universities. University-based innovations come with built-in advantages that make them a great option for entrepreneurs.