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Research and Business Accelerators

The University of Missouri has a rich history of supporting entrepreneurship and economic development. We also provide the expertise and know-how needed to translate research from the bench to bedside by providing the necessary collaborations needed to commercialize research.  Below is a list of our research and business accelerator programs.


Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC)

The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC) was established in 2019 as a 4-year, $3.9 million partnership between the University of Missouri, Columbia (lead)/ University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), Kansas City and the National Institutes of Health Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (NIH REACH).  The goal of MBArC is to provide funding, training, and education to academic researchers to accelerate the transition of discoveries originating from research labs into products that improve health. To be eligible for this funding opportunity, a technology must be an idea or invention based on a participating institution’s intellectual property and should not be licensed/optioned to a company. Promising proof-of-concept work emerging out of the Hub will be ready for the next source of independent financing through viable start-up companies competitive for small business grants, private capital investment, or licensing opportunities.  Learn more

Missouri Education Business Incubator

As a unit of the College of Education, the Missouri Education Busines Incubator (MEBI) is designed to develop and market educational products created by MU staff and faculty. MEBI increases the impact and sustainability of Mizzou research through the development of educational products and services that serve schools and other community organizations. With funding support from the Assessment Resource Center and the eMINTS National Center, MEBI also offers research-based innovations while simultaneously generating revenue to support the goals of MizzouEd and the university. For more information, please contact the MEBI director, Robert Jones.

Missouri Innovation Center

The Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) is a non-profit organization focused on providing support for high growth business ventures that improve human life and sustainability. Motivated by good ideas, exceptional people, and contributing to the growth of Mid-Missouri by attracting high growth businesses in need of assistance, the MIC helps companies navigate the landscape of commercialization. Through offering services in mentoring, securing financial support, and providing necessary resources for conducting successful and focused research and development, MIC helps to create more quality jobs in our region, improve the local economy, and develop technologies that are capable of improving the quality of human life. Missouri Innovation Center supports all three of these strategies by leveraging research and innovation by and with the University of Missouri for the benefit of the region and the state. Learn more

MU Coulter Biomedical Accelerator Program

The University of Missouri Coulter Biomedical Accelerator (MU Coulter Accelerator Program) began in 2012 as a 5-year, $5 million partnership between MU and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. In 2016, MU committed $4 million to continue funding the program through 2022. The MU Coulter Biomedical Accelerator Program capitalizes on the best of academia and industry to accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into products that improve patient care. The program bridges the gap between academic research and industry by providing funding to engineer-clinician teams. These teams perform experiments to generate data that subsequently attract the professional funding needed to continue the commercialization of the technology. Learn more

MU Midwest BioAccelerator

The University of Missouri Midwest BioAccelerator focuses on creating opportunities for new technology development related to the detection and mitigation of infectious diseases. The accelerator works in cooperation with federal agencies, industry and academic partners to complete this task.  MU is a part of the network’s 12 accelerators providing innovators with support to help accelerate the development of products that could change the way the U.S. approaches health security threats. They identify innovative products and solutions developed by entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups, and academics around the United States to meet biodefense and other health security needs, and then provide these innovators with business and other services, such as regulatory support and laboratory space. 



Last Updated: March 31, 2021