University partners

Missouri University of Science and Technology

photo of Toomey Hall

Toomey Hall on the Missouri S&T campus.

Missouri S&T’s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) helps grow Missouri’s economy by advancing technology commercialization, encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating business opportunities. TTED hosts a Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), part of the Missouri SBTDC statewide network, to provide training and counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. It also operates a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to help Missouri businesses compete for local, state and federal government contracts.

This year the Center launched VentureLab co-working space within the Technology Development Center. VentureLab is designed to provide a professional work environment and access to business and technology support, through the SBTDC office for very early stage companies. These companies currently include a number of student startups, faculty and community-centered early stage ventures.

The SBTDC provided over 1,600 hours of direct counseling to 139 distinct clients in the Central Missouri region. This counseling led to the creation of 15 new business, and helped clients purchase two existing business. Our clients saw an aggregate sales increase of $6.7 million, and added 35 new jobs in spite of the continuing tough economic conditions.

Photo: Steve Jung and Delbert Day

Missouri S&T researchers Steve Jung, recent Missouri S&T alumnus and current CTO of Mo-Sci Corporation, and Delbert Day, curator’s professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at Missouri S&T, continue development of a bioactive healing glass method. This product helps massive and difficult wounds to heal faster, eliminating the need for costly surgical debridement in many cases.

TTED’s Technology Transfer Office received 41 invention disclosures, filed 22 patent applications, and executed 10 licenses and options. The current license and options generated nearly $250,000 in income for the university. The university was issued 15 new patents in the past year, including critical patents in our bioactive glass and non-destructive screening portfolios. These patents will allow continued development of new products to help massive and difficult wounds to heal faster. We are also working to develop new tools to improve the safety and security at large events and venues such as football games and marathons.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Photo: Participants filling out forms for the Hispanic Needs Assessment

Partnering with the Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative, the Urban Mission work assisted in the Hispanic Needs Assessment — the first of its kind in nearly 25 years — giving local service providers and policymakers up-to-date and region-specific data.

The Urban Mission work at UMKC is directly partnered with MU Extension and the UMKC Institute for Human Development. This partnership reaches into the community and builds the capacity of individuals and organizations as they respond to community issues. The Urban Mission work cuts across issues related to education, transition of youth to adulthood, healthy lifestyles, employment, and other issues related to community development. Highlights include:

  • The Alianzas program supports MU Extension and its partners, as well as Missouri communities to recognize and respond to the unique challenges of Hispanic and Latino residents in Missouri, using a community-based, collaborative learning approach.
  • In FY 2013, the Community Neighborhood Transformation Initiative was established in partnership with MU Extension, UMKC, School of Nursing, UMKC-IHD, and two neighborhood associations in Kansas City, Missouri. The goal of this partnership is to develop and support a community health model to increase healthy lifestyles for neighborhood residents.
  • The newly developed program, Self-Determination Academy Initiative, will “encourage transition-aged urban youth to employ self-regulating, goal setting and problem-solving skills in order to make purposeful decisions regarding education-related goals.”
  • The UMKC Innovation Center inspires and innovates entrepreneurial efforts through partnership with the university and the community. With several high-impact business outreach programs — the Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and KCSourcelink — the center helps emerging and existing business owners create 366 new jobs and 45 new startups in 2013.

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Photo: Concrete archway on the UMSL campus bearing the inscription "Nothing happens unless first a dream."

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” Carl Sandberg’s quote is carved into the stone archway outside the Thomas Jefferson Library on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis works cooperatively with MU Extension through the Community Partnership Project (CPP), designed to connect UMSL and MU Extension faculty with community partners and support training, technical assistance and applied research efforts that strengthen neighborhoods and communities. Highlights of the previous year include:  

  • UMSL faculty worked with MU Extension’s St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project team to develop and manage the project, and expand it to additional St. Louis neighborhoods. The Community Partnership Project also connected UMSL and MU Extension faculty with the St. Louis Healthy and Sustainable Housing Initiative, designed to promote healthy housing practices that improve health outcomes of women and children.
  • The Community Partnership Project launched a new “What’s Brewing” breakfast series that gathered faculty and community leaders in neighborhoods across the region to explore and discuss urban issues. Community Partnership Project Seminars highlighted the research of UMSL faculty and linked that research with panels of practitioners in the St. Louis area.
  • Through the annual Neighborhood Leadership Academy, 17 leaders were awarded the Chancellor’s Certificate in Neighborhood Leadership and returned to their communities armed with skills to develop and sustain leadership, create and implement community improvement initiatives, and manage community-building organizations.
  • CPP connected MU Extension faculty with social work classes that assisted with the Healthy Corner Store Project, as well as planning efforts by St. Vincent Greenway, Inc. The CPP Community Building Fellowship program connected MU Extension faculty to graduate students to assist with education, evaluation and outreach efforts of the St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project.