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NIH BEST Career Panel Discussion at MSU

bestThe SearchLite recently hosted a NIH BEST career panel discussion at Michigan State University.   The panel discussion about career transition was held at the offices of MSU Technologies on Thursday, December 17th.  The panel featured three speakers and focused on career opportunities in Life Sciences for PhD Candidates and Post Docs.  Students from the MSU BEST Program and Wayne State University BEST Program participated in the career panel.  BEST stands for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has selected and funded 17 research sites in the US to participate in the BEST Program.

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Launchpad at Wayne State & Walsh College

blackstoneI recently had the opportunity to sit in on a brainstorming session at Automation Alley in Troy, MI that was focused on Blackstone Launchpad programs at Wayne State University and Walsh College.
walshThe session was facilitated by Dom Holmes from Automation Alley and Pavan Muzumdar from PCS Insight.  The brainstorming event included student let startups as well as commercialization coaches and other advisors.  Carol Glynn is the Director of the Walsh College LaunchPad Program and Jason Beale is the Project Coordinator for the Wayne State University Blackstone LaunchPad Program.  It was impressive to watch each of them coach the student and faculty led startups.

I also unnamedcontinue to be impressed by Automation Alley and the breadth of their reach within the SouthEast Michigan Business Community and also their recent focus on entrepreneurial startups and second stage entrepreneurs with their Seven C’s Program.  Tom Kelly, Dom Holmes, Ted Williams and Pavan Muzumdar have really put a lot of thought into the needs of startups and second stage companies.  They recently engaged The SearchLite to conduct a Customer Validation Assessment to pinpoint the nature of second stage entrepreneurial needs and how Automation Alley can be accessible and effective in addressing those needs.

Automation Alley has tremendous resources and facilities automation alley logothat have been developed over many years and I am impressed at their willingness to team with other entrepreneurial organizations such as the LaunchPad Programs at Wayne State University and Walsh College, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and many other organizations.  I strongly encourage any startup or second stage entrepreneur who is looking for a place to start with when looking for assistance, to start with Automation Alley.

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