MEEN is an organization that provides a forum for discussing practices and challenges unique to Midwest engineering entrepreneurship centers. 

Midwest Engineering Entrepreneurship Network (MEEN)











July 17-18, 2019
Registration due Monday, July 1

In 2011, the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) and the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at the University of Michigan recognized the value in establishing a network that would provide a forum for sharing best practices and methods for overcoming challenges unique to Midwest engineering entrepreneurship centers. MEEN was created as a result!

This year, Iowa State University and the ISU Startup Factory will host the MEEN Conference.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17 - Thursday, July 18
(Agenda begins around 12:00pm on July 17 and ends around 2:00pm on July 18)

WHERE: Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)


Visit our new, official MEEN website! (Click image)

Why you should attend MEEN:

  • Learn about Midwest opportunities for I-Corps  

  • Find how other universities are breaking down the educational silos

  • Hear best practices in engineering entrepreneurship from other universities

  • Describe a challenge you are having and learn how the MEEN network may help

We look forward to sharing and exploring new ideas and tackling the common problems we all face.

This conference is open to University administration, faculty and staff. There is no fee to attend this event, but participants are responsible for providing their own transportation and accommodations.

Hotel: If you are planning to reserve a hotel room, there is a block of rooms available at a discounted rate at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, Iowa-50014. Call 515-292-8600 to reserve or visit for the discounted rate of $139/night. Use the code 37322

Past participants include: Iowa State University, Penn State, Wayne State, Illinois Institute of Technology, Michigan Technological University, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Akron, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and others.

  • View the 2018 agenda 


"Hosting and attending the MEEN Conference has been an invaluable opportunity to meet with colleagues across the Midwest, exchange best practices, and build collaborative initiatives that leverage our collective resources and expertise. In a relatively low-density entrepreneurial ecosystem, MEEN has provided a platform to enable much greater connectivity across geographically dispersed institutions. Nice people too!"

Matthew Lynall, Professor at Purdue and PI for Purdue I-Corps Site; 2015 MEEN host

Technology Entrepreneur Center

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