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Center for

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwest Missouri State University


he award-winning Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a service-oriented incubator connecting industry and academics that offers state-of-the-art research facilities, a commercial analytical lab and tailored support for business acceleration. “Northwest Missouri State University and community leaders work cooperatively together during the business recruitment and development process to create a very nice working environment. I’m confident that a project remains confidential and that a company, no matter the size or stage of start-up, will be given attention and treated with respect.”

Mark W. Hoeman, President Hoeman Capital Management, LLC St. Louis, Missouri

Inside For more information, please contact Lee Langerock, Nodaway County Economic Development, at 660.541.4490; or Frank Veeman, Northwest Missouri State University, at 660.562.0823; or visit

Business, academic champions connected at Northwest Missouri State University ....... 3

Message from Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski . .... 2

Northwest offers cutting-edge major in nanoscale science .................................... 3

Technology, innovation collide at Northwest’s business incubator . ................................... 2

Maryville: Accelerating your business growth ........................................... 3

State-of-the-art analytical lab, chemist offer diverse services ......................................................... 2

Featured clients ............................................ 3

Awards and recognition for the CIE ................................... 2

Northwest’s CIE offers extensive business, laboratory, academic resources . .................. 4

Message from the President

Dr. John Jasinski, President Northwest Missouri State University


t the core of Northwest Missouri State University’s DNA is driving economic development and entrepreneurship to better our region and our community. From educating highly qualified graduates for in-demand careers, to the Small Business and Technology Development Center housed on campus and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Northwest’s impact on the region and its economy is undeniable. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwest is an outstanding place to grow your business because of the strength of the University, the connection between academics and industry, the top-notch facilities and the embrace of the community. Perhaps the largest benefits of growing your business at the CIE are the academic resources available to our clients. Marketing research classes, laboratory assistants, student internship opportunities and about 800 highly qualified faculty and professional staff, including an analytical chemist, are available to assist you in your business acceleration. Our more than 7,000 students in a breadth of disciplines provide you with numerous opportunities for employees, interns, class projects and more. As you will read throughout this section, the facilities and equipment available are second to none, and the analytical laboratory capabilities are a key differentiator for our incubator. Maryville and Nodaway County are a prime location for our clients. Our location provides a small town, family atmosphere ideally located between Kansas City, Des Moines and Omaha. Best of all, Maryville is a safe, friendly town that is loyal to its client businesses. As a prospective client, you will work with a team of individuals representing some of the key resources in the community– including investors and business development professionals. Our community is engaged with assisting your business from day one. I invite you to Maryville to take a tour of our beautiful facilities, campus and community. My team and I look forward to meeting with you and showing you how the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwest Missouri State University can accelerate and grow your business. Sincerely,

Dr. John Jasinski

Technology, innovation collide at northwest’s business incubator


he award-winning Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a service-oriented incubator connecting industry and academics that offers state-of-the-art research facilities, a commercial analytical lab and tailored support for business acceleration.

The CIE footprint totals 46,679 square feet including the business incubator and academic wings.

CIE Overview • The CIE consists of a business incubator and an academic wing. The multi-use business incubator has an emphasis on chemistry and technology-based commercializing companies. • Leasable space consists of offices, wet laboratories, access to conference rooms and shared equipment. • The CIE houses an analytical chemist, the nanoscale science degree and the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC). Current Clients • Alyoop Inc.

• Carbolytic Materials Company • GSI-Layered Technologies • Riley and Rabel Consulting, LLC Client Services • Secure 24/7 access to offices and labs • Student marketing research • Assistance with business development • Collaborative research and grant opportunities with academic departments • Student employees and interns

Mission The mission of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is three-fold: to provide a state-of-the-art facility to meet the academic mission of Northwest by providing students with opportunities for real-world experience through research, internships and employment with business clients; to provide opportunities for collaborative research and grant opportunities for clients, faculty, staff and students; and to provide an environment that nurtures young companies to promote economic growth in the region.

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state-of-the-art analytical lab, Awards and chemist offer diverse services recognition for the CIe


he CIE Analytical Laboratory is a state-of-the-art equipment facility. The laboratory can offer contract research and development (R & D) and drug discovery work (Non-GLP and Non-GMP) in the analysis of biological and environmental samples for pharmaceuticals, metabolites and biomarkers, personal care products, chemical, elemental and environmental pollutants and more. The CIE Analytical Laboratory also analyzes samples using customers’ standards and custom methods. The in-house professional analytical chemist, Dr. Abdul Mottaleb, has regulatory EPA and non-regulatory laboratory work experience. He has met analytical challenges in separation,

method development, method validation and identification of compounds from complex biological and chemical samples. With the analytical chemist, the CIE Analytical Lab can provide the following analytical and bioanalytical services to customers: • Method development and method validation • Samples analysis, detection and identification • Standard and custom methods for processing the samples To learn more about analytical laboratory capabilities, please visit


orthwest was selected to represent Missouri as the winner of the Southern Growth Policies Board 2010 Innovator Award for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The CIE was chosen from a pool of nominees in the Southern region as an outstanding initiative that helps communities recover from the economic downturn. Ted Abernathy, executive director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, said, “The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an excellent example of the future of university-based public service. A collaborative public-private team focused on helping to create new economic opportunities is one of the ways that universities can set an economic development example.” Additionally, in 2010, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was awarded the Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the Kansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “We are pleased that the CIE continues to be recognized by others for its design, construction, use, potential for promoting economic development and engaging faculty and staff in cutting-edge research,” said Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of Northwest’s College of Arts and Sciences. Furthermore, Dr. Himadri Chakraborty, assistant professor who teaches at the CIE, was named one of the 50 Missourians You Should Know by Ingram’s magazine in April 2011.

Business, academic champions connected at Northwest Missouri State University


he Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is located on Northwest’s campus. The moderately-selective, regional public university has a 370-acre campus and 315 acres of rural lakefront outside Maryville and a 500-acre laboratory farm. Northwest students receive a wellrounded education through small classes, innovative hands-on learning experiences, more than 180 student organizations and access to technology through the laptop rental program. Northwest is comprised of more than 7,000 students, including 6,000 undergraduate students, more than 1,000 graduate students, more than 185 gifted academy students, and nearly 1,000 students taking online classes across the world.

Northwest offers 135 programs of study, and learning extends beyond the classroom. Education majors gain real-world experience in the Horace Mann Laboratory School on campus, agriculture majors get their hands dirty on the University Farm, students research alongside growing businesses in the CIE, and students staff numerous University publications, the campus TV station and two campus radio stations. In addition, about 950 students build their résumés through jobs right on campus.

Enterprise, the soils judging team, forensics and debate teams, student publications and more. Northwest students, faculty and staff are truly champions in all they do.

Northwest offers cutting-edge major in nanoscale science Housed within the CIE is Northwest’s interdisciplinary nanoscale science major. The major offers hands-on laboratory experience in the state-of-the-art facility and combines the fields of biology, chemistry and physics.

Northwest students are actively involved in campus leadership. More than 70 percent of students participate in student organizations, and students gave more than 23,000 hours of their time to volunteer last year alone.

Nanoscience is the study and use of materials at the molecular or nanometer level. According to Lux Research, nanotechnology will touch an estimated $3 trillion worth of products by 2015, and the National Science Foundation forecasts the creation of millions of new jobs, 80 percent of which will require advanced education and training specific to the field.

Northwest has a history of championships in academic and athletic pursuits. The Bearcats are national championships in football, cheerleading and wrestling, and the women’s basketball team made a 2011 NCAA Division II Final Four appearance. Nationally competing student organizations include Students in Free

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Maryville: Accelerating your business growth


sk a Midwesterner what they know about Maryville, Mo., and they might answer “the Bearcats.” They would be right! Maryville and Nodaway County celebrate the commitment of Northwest Missouri State University to academic and athletic achievement; and work closely with Northwest in their commitment to economic development. Energizer, Laclede Chain, Federal-Mogul, SSM Health Care, Kawasaki Motors, Nucor and Deluxe provide an excellent industry and employment base for the Maryville community. The addition of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwest offers emerging companies a facility and support system to prosper. Northwest’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the focus of the community’s business development efforts. The CIE fosters business development from late-research stage to commercialization. Carbolytic Materials Company LLC (CMC) first saw the potential ability to grow in the CIE in 2007. In addition to CMC, the CIE houses GSILayered Technologies, Alyoop Inc. and Riley and Rabel Consulting. Doing business in Maryville and Nodaway County is a seamless process as the community leadership works cooperatively together. The city, county, University, healthcare, finance groups, industry and education constituents communicate with each other to make an effective development team. Nodaway County Economic Development provides a center-

point for communication and coordinating entity for business growth and development throughout the community. “Moving from the pre-commercialization stage to start-up is a very difficult step to take in a technology business,” said Dr. Tom Billesbach, dean of the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies and chairman of Nodaway County Economic Development. “As an entrepreneur, you may have been living and breathing research and development for years, and now, in that leap to commercialization, you have a different set of challenges to face.”

Maryville offers excellent strategic logistic positioning for a business looking to connect to vendors or their marketplace. Within a two-hour “Maryville and Nodaway County’s radius, companies have access to business climate provides an excellent more than 1.5 million people. Yet workforce with a strong work ethic and a safe environment for business and companies located in Maryville employees. We work as an attentive, get the benefit of a consistently cooperative, community team to strong work ethic and business help the entrepreneur launch to friendly environment in a smaller commercialization and the corporation rural setting. expand in a great location.”

Lee Langerock, Executive Director Nodaway County Economic Development

Established steps include developing a business model, creating a financial plan, obtaining funding, finding a location, and most importantly implementation. “Maryville offers a competent team of professionals that can provide guidance to the entrepreneur and introduce them to a support network designed to help take the steps toward commercial success,” Dr. Billesbach adds.

The economic development team pays attention to the details that help make businesses grow, no matter the projected size of the business (five people or 50). To learn more about doing business in the CIE and Maryville, contact Nodaway County Economic Development at 660.582.4490 or To learn more about the community visit

Featured clients Carbolytic Materials Company “CMC has invested in Maryville for a number of reasons, including proximity to raw materials, access to talent and the opportunity to partner with Northwest and the CIE. As a start-up, CMC relies heavily on the CIE to provide lab resources and capabilities that are critical to our business. CMC’s partnership with the CIE has enabled us to focus on producing and selling product to support business sustainability and growth plans.” Jim Howard, President and COO of CMC

Carbolytic Materials Company (CMC), based in St. Louis, is the first company to recover a carbon black alternative suitable for commercial use. ApexCM™ carbon products provide excellent physical properties similar to those of carbon black. Founded in 2006, CMC announced its presence in the CIE before its completion and operates its first commercial facility in Maryville. CMC was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal Feb. 5, 2010.

Alyoop Inc. “Alyoop Inc. chose Northwest Missouri State University as a place to assist in the development of our product platform because of their attention to detail and their positive, service-oriented attitude. The campus and CIE facility are very inviting. The faculty and staff we have encountered in this process help make the overall experience very productive.” Mark Hoeman, President of Alyoop Inc.

Alyoop Inc. is a patent-pending coupon delivery service that matches customer shopping lists to coupons offered in their geographic area. Alyoop, founded in 2006, is working with Northwest to develop the software platform for product integration. The company’s principals – Mark W. Hoeman, James McKee III and Joseph Carpenter – are St. Louis natives. Alyoop Inc. provides real-time consumer savings that are convenient for the user and manufacturer.

GSI-Layered Technologies Layered Technologies is a leading global provider of PCIDSS compliant infrastructure, managed dedicated hosting and ondemand virtualization/cloud computing services. By providing high-quality technology, infrastructure and support, Layered Tech enables clients to eliminate capital expenses and save on operating costs so they can focus on core business issues. Layered Tech’s scalable infrastructure powers millions of sites and Internet-enabled applications including e-commerce and software as a service (SaaS). Clients range from large enterprises with advanced data security, compliance and uptime requirements to leading-edge Web 2.0 startups. Based in Plano, Texas, Layered Tech also has offices in Kansas City, Maryville and Chicago. Layered Tech’s wholly owned, 77,000-square-foot data center is in Kansas City, and the company has data center locations worldwide, including Dallas, Chicago, Santa Clara, Calif., Tokyo, London and Amsterdam.

Riley and Rabel Consulting Services, LLC “The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has provided our company with access to stateof-the-art instrumentation that allows thorough physicochemical characterization including thermal analysis, crystallinity/ polymorphism and stability of active pharmaceutical ingredients. In addition, the combination of academia and industry within the same facility has promoted collaborative efforts with other clients as well as faculty.” Dr. Christopher Riley, President and Co-founder of Riley and Rabel Consulting Services, LLC

Riley and Rabel Consulting Services, LLC offers comprehensive pharmaceutical consulting, ranging from lead optimization and selection of crystal forms and dosage form development for clinical trials, to technology transfer and launch of new products.

northwest’s CIe offers extensive business, laboratory, academic resources

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which spans a total of 46,679 square feet, includes a business incubator and academic wings. BUSINESS INCUBATOR • Laboratory analysis research areas (wet labs) • Shared scientific instrument room • Office space • Shipping/receiving (product distribution center) • Training room • Conference room • Service area The analytical laboratory housed in the CIE offers an analytical chemist providing clients analytical and bio-analytical services including method development and method validation services, sample analysis, detection and identification, research and development and forensic analysis. SHARED EQUIPMENT ROOMS Complete list is available at Elemental Characterization • CHNS Analyzer • ICP-OES • XRD and XRF

Imaging • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) • Confocal Microscope with Computer • Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope • Scanning Tunneling Microscope Particle Measurement • Nanoparticle Size Analyzer with Zeta Potential Separation/Sequencing • DNA Sequencer • HPLC and qPCR Spectroscopy • MALDI-TOF-MS • Fluorimeter and FT-IR • GC-MS and LC-MS • NMR • UV/Vis Thermal Techniques • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

SAMPLING OF SERVICES Provided by the CIE business acceleration team (Small Business and Technology Development Center and Nodaway County Economic Development): • Business plan consulting and development • Feasibility assessment • Market analysis and planning • Commercialization and tech transfer support • Capital networking to local, state and federal programs

• Commercial Finance Resource • Angel Investment and Equity Capital • Government and military procurement • SBIR and STTR • International trade access ACADEMIC WING More than 16,000 square feet of highlyspecialized teaching and research laboratories provide an interdisciplinary education in nanoscale science, which combines the fields of chemistry, physics and biology.

“As a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, I am very impressed with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the managing staff. The University and the regional economic development team have truly demonstrated their commitment to their students, entrepreneurs and the business community. This state-of-the-art facility and faculty resources will greatly enhance the odds of success for serious entrepreneurs. I highly recommend to aspiring, future and existing business leaders to consider the value that Northwest and the CIE have to offer. Go Bearcats!”

Clark Greiner Vice President of Business Development Jordan, Knauff & Company Kansas City

For more information about the CIE, please contact: Lee Langerock, Executive Director Nodaway County Economic Development

423 North Market Maryville, MO 64468 660.582.4490 660.541.4490

Frank C. Veeman Ed.D. Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Northwest Missouri State University

1402 North College Dr. Maryville, MO 64468 660.562.0823

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