University partners

MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Missouri S&T’s Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) is well positioned to help grow Missouri’s economy by advancing technology commercialization, encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating business opportunities. TTED hosts a Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) to provide aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with training and counseling.

Longtime friends and SBTDC clients Josh Stacy and Josh Goodridge created Public House Brewing Company in 2010. Given the warm reception of the beers it produced, Public House Brewing entered into a partnership with St. James Winery to distribute its beers to a growing customer base. The partners built a 10,000 square foot facility in St. James, Mo., just over a year ago to boost production for wholesale distribution. From local production and distribution in St. James, Public House beers are now available throughout Missouri, as well as Illinois and Arkansas.

Missouri S&T’s Technology Development Center in Innovation Park is home to a number of entrepreneurs, early-stage companies and the campus offices of Boeing and Garmin, which creates invaluable educational work experiences for students to continue co-op and intern experiences after they return to campus.

TTED was able to offer the Entrepreneurial Internship and Cooperative Education Program for a second year. This program is an innovative experiential learning opportunity that provides funding for Missouri S&T students to pursue an entrepreneurial venture full-time under the guidance of mentors for up to four months.

The Technology Transfer Office had a record-setting year with 44 invention disclosures, 44 U.S. and foreign patents applications and nine license and option agreements. The current license and option agreements generated an all-time high of $483,000 in income for the university. This year, the university secured 31 new patents, one of which was issued jointly with Case Western Reserve University on a new class of chemical compounds that hold promise for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and a potential treatment to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Photo of researchers in a glass greenhouse surrounded by plants
Joel Burken, an engineering professor, and students work in the Baker Greenhouse, where researchers explore environmental issues, plant sciences and issues of sustainability.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–KANSAS CITY

UMKC works with MU Extension through two primary units: the Institute for Human Development (IHD) and the Innovation Center. These partnerships reach into the community and build the capacity of individuals and organizations. The IHD serves as the primary liaison between MU Extension and UMKC.

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Derrick Willis, a UMKC research associate, leads a session of the Self-Determination Academy.

This year, efforts included a focus on making community organizations more inclusive for underserved young people. The IHD partnered with several community organizations, such as with the YMCA in recruitment efforts to help program staff build capacity and develop skills to include underserved young people and those with disabilities in their programming, such as the six-week Self-Determination Academy piloted this year. The IHD also runs Alianzas, a program that helps MU Extension and its partners recognize and respond to challenges faced by Hispanic and Latino groups. This year, Alianzas expanded its monthly newsletter to a bilingual format and coordinated bilingual workshops to educate families on health issues and opportunities.

The Innovation Center works with the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts in the Midwest and across the country. The center hosts programs that help emerging and existing business owners hone business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities and harness the right resources. This year, the Innovation Center partner programs helped create 947 new jobs and 57 new startups.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–ST. LOUIS

UMSL has worked with MU Extension through the Community Partnership Project for the past several years and this year launched a new community-building initiative called Creating Whole Communities (CWC). This initiative draws on MU Extension’s expertise in research, organizational capacity-building, leadership development and community development throughout the St. Louis region.

CWC continued the successful What’s Brewing? breakfast series that brings together faculty, community leaders and neighbors from across the region to discuss urban issues and highlight community revitalization success stories in St. Louis. CWC also co-sponsored forums and local conferences on community development issues such as capacity-building for neighborhood associations, transportation-oriented development, youth involvement, and approaches to inclusive city leadership. This year, CWC partnered with neighborhood leaders and service providers to develop a survey to document community assets and assess levels of social capital across six neighborhoods.

The annual Neighborhood Leadership Academy formally recognized 21 leaders from across the St. Louis region for excellence in developing and sustaining leadership, creating and implementing community improvement initiatives, and managing community-building organizations.