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Small Company Innovation Program and Technology and Commercialization Assistance Program

Dispatching business expertise to Michigan companies: U-M helps UP firm grow sales

by Kim North Shine Neuvokas Corp., a manufacturer in Ahmeek, Mich., a village with a population of about 200 in the Upper Peninsula, could have been among the more than half of manufacturing startups that fail in Michigan. But with its forward-looking leadership and the support of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of

Mary McCardwell

Mary McCardwell Project Manager Mary McCardwell, an Economic Growth Institute project manager, is pleased to support entrepreneurship and innovation. Her efforts help technology innovators communicate value, connect with influencers and university resources, and prioritize critical actions essential to bringing a technical product to market.  Mary's is a believer in bringing "team" and

Kristin Burgard

Kristin Burgard Project Manager Kristin Burgard is a project manager for the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) and has been at the Institute for 3 years. She’s worked in product management, marketing, and technical sales and support. In her previous job she helped Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardees find

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson Associate Director First Customer Program, Small Company Innovation Program(SCIP)/Technology and Commercialization Assistance (TCA) Program Steven B. Wilson has a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cal-Poly and a minor in avionics technology. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations.

Vikesh Chandrashekar

Vikesh Chandrashekar Project Manager Vikesh Chandrashekar is a Project Manager at the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan. Under the First Customer Program he supports tech entrepreneurs and start-ups across Michigan by addressing critical gaps in technology commercialization and new-customer acquisition. He graduated from the University of