About Venture Investment
Dedicated to serving the common good in uncommon ways, our investments bring real solutions to many of today's challenges. Our venture investment entities, Red Cedar Ventures and Michigan Rise, focus on technologies and companies arising from Michigan State University's extraordinary faculty, researchers, and students as well as the Michigan ecosystem.
From life sciences to precision agriculture, our companies strive to make the world better. Our portfolio investments include agriculture, mobility, energy, life sciences, materials, as well as advanced manufacturing, and SAS.
Our team aspires to invest in breakthrough technologies. Through local investment, we bring economic value—not only to the Greater Lansing Area's community but also to Michigan's economy. Through our investments, we attract, cultivate, and retain excellence.
Our investments are inspired by the thinkers, innovators, and doers at MSU and beyond—the faculty, researchers, and student entrepreneurs ready to bring their technologies and companies to market.
Michigan Rise Pre-Seed Fund provides early-stage funding, seed investment, and gap funding opportunities to technology startups to help commercialize innovative technologies. Michigan Rise Pre-Seed Fund III is made possible by the Michigan State University Foundation and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Born from research at MIT and Michigan State University, Ubiquitous Energy sought new ways to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint and founded the company on the principle of seamlessly integrating solar technology into everyday products and surfaces. This commitment resulted in our core technology: a transparent solar coating that integrates into standard windows, with endless possibilities for future applications.
Black Pine Engineering is proud to introduce a new generation of air compression technology. Groundbreaking IP in multiple categories, along with years of refinement have culminated in the MaxAxial modular turbo-compressor.
TheraB Medical started as a student engineering project at Michigan State University, where three engineering students were asked to find an improved treatment for infant jaundice in developing countries. Little did we know that this school project would lead to a future product that would modernize the way families experience jaundice treatment worldwide! We are proud to be a Michigan founded company with a focus on global health.
The Avidhrt Sense is a mobile, clinical-quality electrocardiogram (ECG), pulse oximeter (SpO2), and infrared temperature sensor. The software application can store thousands of recordings on your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to maintain a history that can be shared at any time if needed.
FibrosIX is a pre-clinical stage biotechnology startup, founded in 2016. It is developing proprietary first-in-class small-molecule therapeutics that inhibit fibrotic disease. These drugs modulate a critical signaling pathway that plays a central role in the pathogenesis of fibrotic disease.
SteriDev empowers safe, efficient, and gratifying delivery of healthcare. We achieve this goal through direct interactions with healthcare stakeholders to identify opportunities and innovate solutions. SteriDev is excited to introduce the CleanCase sterile mobile device cover, the first device-specific, fully FDA-compliant product on the market that allows surgeons to safely bring mobile devices into the surgical field.
Ripple’s seamless, centralized system makes it easy to find, track, manage, and connect with your research participants at every stage in their journey. Starting with custom Screening Forms and Patient Profiles that enable target recruitment and retention, your team effortlessly builds your own local Registry for future studies. Data-driven and expertly designed, Ripple enhances communication and empowers collaboration within and across studies, delivering a better experience for patients, for research teams, and for you.
Arborsense is commercializing its patented graphene-based sensor technology for rapid and sensitive monitoring of biochemical markers. Graphene is a one-atom thick carbon nanomaterial with remarkable electronic and mechanical properties. Its high conductivity and flexible structure provide an ideal platform to monitor clinically relevant chemicals transpiring through the skin.
PhotosynQ, developed in David Kramer’s Lab at Michigan State University, is the next global game-changer in environmental science and incorporates a hand-held device with an online platform. The PhotosynQ system allows for intensive data collection thereby facilitating a greater understanding of how the natural world functions in its innumerable complexities.
SCOPS has a family of environmentally friendly, long-lasting, and inexpensive omni phobic coatings and additives. SCPS' coatings create a low friction surface allowing both water and oil-based liquids to cleanly and quickly glide over most surfaces. They are self-cleaning, optically clear, and graffiti resistant. The products can easily be formulated for many different product criteria and be applied to most materials.
SKOOP Signage is the industries most powerful digital billboard management and ad sales software. SKOOP specializes in mobility advertising. SKOOP’s electric bike taxi fleets move passengers from point A to B. Each vehicle has digital advertising displays attached to the exterior and interior. SKOOP’s screens are always on the move, displaying advertising content around town and subsidizing the cost of the ride for the passenger.
BetterYou is a digital coach that allows individuals to maximize their time and stay focused on goals that matter. BetterBot, BetterYou’s Artificial Intelligence, helps you achieve your goals by encouraging you to spend your time on the things that matter most (physical health, mindfulness, social connections, and education).
Pairaphrase brings professional translation technologies to business users. Pairaphrase's web-based translation management system (TMS) for enterprises will improve your organization’s human translation process. Whoever translates for your organization will now spend less time translating and more time being productive, all while protecting your company’s data.
MySideKick powered by Every Two Minutes is a comprehensive web-based application that addresses all the issues of sexual violence, with a mobile interface made for college students – speaking directly to digital natives in their own language. MySideKick is designed for all college students, IRL and online, with specific capabilities for Greek life.
Will Winn Games Inc. is a new East Lansing-based game studio launched out of the Michigan State University Game Development Program, Spartan Innovations, and Red Cedar Ventures. The mission of the company is to design, develop, and market compelling multiplayer video game experiences.
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