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Michigan State University

Connecting researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs at Michigan State University since 1973.

Our Partners

What We Do

The MSU Foundation drives economic development by supporting grant programs, venture creation, venture investment, and placemaking initiatives across Michigan.

Grant Programs

Since its inception, the MSU Foundation has awarded over $340 million to the University. Recipients of the grants are bright, promising researchers, seasoned educators, and thousands of students. Investing both mind and heart in MSU, they will perpetuate its academic excellence. 

Venture Creation

We provide the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses. Our ecosystem integrates strong entrepreneurial programming, services, and events.

Venture Investment

Our team invests in breakthrough technologies by providing gap and pre-seed funding for diverse startups arising from MSU’s faculty, researchers, and students. Through local investment, we bring economic value—not only to the Greater Lansing Area's community but also to Michigan's economy.

Real Estate

We support economic development, placemaking, and corporate innovation by creating spaces and providing resources for MSU and community-based companies. Tenants benefit from opportunities to develop collaborative linkages with the nation’s premier land-grant university and all of its resources.


  • Spartan Innovations, Start Garden Reports Strong 2021 Results with Sights on a Successful Year Ahead

    Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
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  • MSU Foundation 2021 Annual Report

    Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
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  • Our Community

    The MSU Foundation represents an experienced staff, accomplished board, and a group of collaborative partners who share a commitment to push Michigan entrepreneurs forward.



    Meet Our Community
    Josh Cooper standing next to Sparty at MSU Innovation Celebration.