- TURNING IDEAS INTO START-UPS. A recent New York Times article highlights university "idea incubators" -- such as MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation -- that help professors bring their innovations to market. Notes The New York Times:
"M.I.T. is in the vanguard of a movement involving a handful of universities nationwide that work closely with investors to ensure that promising ideas are nurtured and turned into successful start-ups."
COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN EXISTING BUSINESSES AND UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS. An article in MIT Sloan Management Review's Summer 2010 issue identifies seven best practices for industry-university research collaborations. Why is that so important? The authors note that there is an "outcome-impact gap" -- in that some collaborations between university researchers and businesses have major research outcomes, but don't end up having comparably significant business impacts.