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March 7, 2014
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander visited Northwest Missouri State University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Friday as part of a statewide tour highlighting entrepreneurship efforts.
“I am a very strong believer in the idea that Missourians really are our best assets, and the companies that are most likely to grow here and stay here are those that start here,” Kander said during the visit, which included a tour of Northwest’s CIE. “That’s why we’ve put such enormous emphasis on local economic development and entrepreneurship and innovation. That’s why we’re visiting innovation centers around the state, trying to highlight the good work that they do.”
Northwest’s CIE recently was designated a Missouri Innovation Center by the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC). The Missouri Innovation Center program includes nine other centers throughout the state and provides assistance to entrepreneurs and early-stage, technology-based business ventures.
Innovation centers work closely with their associated universities and are targeted to develop high-growth advanced technology companies. Innovation centers provide access to specialized entrepreneurial and small business support services critical to the growth of high-tech startups including access to capital, technical and business experts, and, in some cases, specialized facilities.
The CIE, located on the north edge of the Northwest campus, is a mixed-use incubator with emphasis on technology-based, start-up companies. It also provides assistance to existing small businesses and encourages development of new small businesses. The 46,679 square-foot facility includes three lab analysis research areas, a shared scientific instrument room and 9,000 square feet of tenant office space. The academic wing contains more than 16,000 square feet of highly specialized teaching and research labs and offices.
During his remarks Friday, Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham noted universities have long been viewed as important players in economic development. However, he said, post-secondary education is now more important than ever because economic development is dependent on the kind of creative, agile and innovative workforce that Northwest graduates provide.
“Northwest Missouri State University is a cornerstone organization, representing higher education, helping the private sector and working to enhance the economic development of northwest Missouri,” Dunham said. “Through news and information, public policy, educational programming and best practice-sharing, Northwest has worked to expand economic opportunity in our 20-county catchment area by leveraging research, community and campus planning, talent development and technology commercialization.”
For more information about opportunities to accelerate the success of your high-growth business or to use the services of the CIE's contract analysis lab, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/cie/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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