Technology and innovation

We're the perfect innovation partner for companies of all sizes.

Whatever challenges are confronting our state and our world, we've got the expertise and determination to solve them.

Technology and innovation

The University of Minnesota ranks ninth among public universities in research spending, and has an international research footprint in more than 70 countries. Whatever problems are confronting our state and our world, we strive to solve them.

Ways to engage:

  • Sponsor research
  • License or commercialize technology
  • Participate in center and institute activities
  • Co-locate on campus
  • Enlist faculty expertise
  • Utilize specialized research facilities and equipment
  • Become a member of a U of M research consortium
  • Make a venture investment
  • Partner on clinical trials



  • 240+

    Companies that have been launched based on University of Minnesota research since 2006

  • $220 million

    Revenue generated for the state from U of M inventions since 2014

  • 17

    Master Research Agreements with companies (not including clinical trial agreements)

  • 18

    Ranking on the NAI list of Top 100 U.S. Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents (2022)

"We’re proud to partner with the U to develop technologies and solutions that save lives, and to continue to position our state as a national and global hub for medical technology innovation. We’re equally excited to develop the next generation of industry leaders by supporting and engaging promising students who will clearly make a large and positive impact in our community and across the globe for years to come."

Get started

Contact us if you are a corporate or foundation representative and would like more information about matching your priorities and interests with opportunities and resources at the University.

Leza Besemann

Leza Besemann
Associate Director
[email protected]