Michigan Corporate Relations Network

What is MCRN?

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is a statewide university network designed to create partnerships that will connect Michigan’s corporations to critical university assets to help promote innovative research and grow Michigan’s economy.

MCRN is funded through the entrepreneurship and innovation initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“A major factor contributing to Michigan’s economic growth is the expansion of the high-tech and knowledge-based sectors. It is imperative that universities do all that they can to keep students with strong skills in the STEM fields in Michigan to help ensure the future of our economy.” Lisa Garcia

Director of Business Connection at Western Michigan University


Six major public universities and nine affiliate universities in Michigan make up the network. They are: