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Strengthening ties between the university, industry and community partners

The Office of University Economic Development serves as the public face for economic development at the University of Minnesota, helping external partners to connect with the resources, services and expertise at the university and its system campuses.

Formerly known as the Office of Business Relations, UED has strengthened and transformed this role to leverage more of the university’s expertise and innovation resources and have a broader impact on regional economies.

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Making the university work for you

The U of M is among the top research institutions in the nation and is a powerful economic engine for the state, creating $8.6 billion in total economic impact annually. As a business, there are many ways you can interact with the university that will gain you a visible presence and bring direct value to your company.


Advance your business goals by licensing U of M technology, using our state-of-the-art research facilities for product development, identifying faculty expertise or sponsoring customized research projects to suit your needs.


In today’s competitive marketplace, finding the right expert, at the right time, is more important than ever. Partner with the U of M to find your next research expert, employee, consultant or even student intern.


You may be surprised to learn that the U of M offers on-site training, industry seminars, certifications and many other opportunities for business professionals that will give you and your colleagues the competitive advantage.


The U of M supports a robust network of centers, institutes and programs that offer research, product testing, consulting and/or other services throughout the state via our Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses.

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