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December 14, 2023 | Tom Ballard

U News | Oklahoma State releases plan for 678-acre collaborative research park

Arizona State awards more than $100,000 during its recent Venture Devils fall pitch competition.

From Oklahoma State University:

The Innovation Foundation at Oklahoma State University (OSU) has released a vision plan for a reimagined, 678-acre collaborative research park in southwest Stillwater.

Known as The Innovation Park, it will be adjacent to the OSU Student Farm, Botanic Garden, and the Ferguson College of Agriculture Agronomy Research Station. Formerly called The Oklahoma Technology and Research Park, The Innovation Park will connect these established facilities and serve as a crossroads for advancing OSU’s land-grant mission through the pursuit of technology development and commercial partnerships.

“At Oklahoma State University, our commitment to our students, the state and the nation rests on some fundamental pillars, including our land-grant mission to serve and use our R1 research prowess to improve lives,” OSU President Kayse Shrum said. “The Innovation Park reflects our vision and commitment to our mission of serving the needs of Oklahoma and beyond. A big part of our We Are Land-Grant strategy is transdisciplinary research, as well as partnerships with industry and the community. As the state’s largest university system, we are excited about what’s possible with this project.”

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From Florida State University:

Florida State University has hired Valerie Landrio McDevitt, currently an Executive Director with the AdventHealth Research Institute in Orlando, as a new Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation to boost the commercial development of the university’s innovations, with a particular focus on the technology transfer process and business engagement.

“We are thrilled to have a leader with Valerie’s wealth of experience joining our team,” said Vice President for Research Stacey Patterson. “In this new role, McDevitt will be responsible for driving transformative and sustainable initiatives to expand our innovation ecosystem.”

McDevitt is an established leader in the higher education research community with 25 years of experience in the development and commercialization of technology. She was the former Associate Vice President for New Venture Development at the University of South Florida where she spent over 18 years supporting research and technology commercialization including incubation, strategic planning, startup funding, technology transfer, economic development, external engagement, and related grants and contracts.

From the University of the Cumberlands:

The Plaster Graduate School of Business at the Williamsburg, KY college has added a graduate certificate program in entrepreneurship and new venture development as well as a master’s degree in business analytics. Both are offered in 100 percent online formats.

The entrepreneurship and new venture certificate is geared toward entrepreneurs who have already begun their own business ventures or are considering pursuing that path. The fully-online program helps students develop an entrepreneurial mindset to help their businesses flourish, even in competitive landscapes. The curriculum offers the core knowledge about finances and business that entrepreneurs need, without the commitment of a full degree.

From Georgia Southern University:

In a partnership with Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG), the Hinesville Development Authority, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Hinesville have launched the very first Hinesville Business Incubator. The incubator, which is partially funded by an Economic Development Administration grant, is located across the street from Georgia Southern’s Liberty Campus in downtown Hinesville.

The Hinesville Business Incubator will be operated by BIG, which currently runs two other incubators, including one in Statesboro targeting cross-industry clients, and the other in Metter, called the Georgia Grown Innovation Center, which targets the agricultural industry. The Hinesville Business Incubator is slated to serve greater Liberty County in addition to military veterans, spouses, career changers and budding entrepreneurs.

From Iowa State University:

A group of 11 faculty representing eight departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University have been selected to participate in the 2024 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows program. Each of the faculty will receive funding to support their proposed projects.

Established in 2022, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows program aims to foster and expand a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among CALS faculty. It was initiated by the Dean’s Office for Academic Innovation and Start Something CALS. Nine faculty were part of the inaugural cohort, made possible by funding from CALS Dean Daniel J. Robison and President Wendy Wintersteen.

From Arizona State University:

More than $100,000 was awarded during the recent Venture Devils fall pitch competition which supports Arizona State (ASU) students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community founders within the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute.

Captavate, a start-up focused on people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, won $20,000 at the most recent Demo Day after winning $40,000 at the spring Demo Day in April. The start-up, founded by biomedical engineering students, is prototyping an EEG headset that will be connected to an app. Users wear the headset while doing homework or other focused activity and receive a haptic vibration when the device senses that their focus is wandering.


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