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UW ‘ideas factory’ looks to turn research into economic growth

When Rebecca Blank arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last summer, she became chancellor of one of the largest academic research universities in the world, but one that has an uneven track record for commercializing that work. UW-Madison had nearly $1.2 billion in research spending yet launched only four start-ups in 2012, according to the […]

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A business incubator that is “changing the world”

Business incubators–more than 300 in the U.S., many attached to universities–are increasingly drawing intellectual capital from around the world. With the help of CB Insights, a Manhattan firm that tracks private-company funding trends, University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center were cited by Forbes Magazine as among the top breeding grounds for compelling innovation. […]

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