Entrepreneurship students at Ball State University have the opportunity to work with U.S. Navy researchers to develop commercial applications for military projects through a technology transfer initiative. Military 2 Market (M2M) is a result of an educational partnership agreement between Ball State's nationally recognized Entrepreneurship Center, the Department of Defense and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), which operates a research-centered facility about 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
Under the guidance of the faculty and staff, students in the program will be given access to government patents and intellectual property and challenged to find commercial opportunities for the technologies.
The first step in the process takes place during the students' spring semester where they will write commercialization studies for potential businesses based on the military applications they have studied. In their senior year, the students will be expected to integrate the technologies into business plans for presentations at national competitions and during E-Day (Evaluation Day) as part of the New Venture Creation course.
The Military 2 Market program was recently selected as number one in the category of "10 College Classes that Impact the Outside World" by U.S. News & World Report.
To learn more about the Military 2 Market initiative, please contact Rob Mathews, Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Center.
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