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UNITE and Michigan State University Announce Initiative to Boost University and Corporate Engagement

Updated: Feb 10, 2022


January 2022

UNITE, a training, consulting and technology company, and Michigan State University today announced their partnership to enhance holistic corporate partnership strategies.

Holistic relationship management of corporate partnerships is a challenge in higher education. “At UNITE, we recognized this challenge and built the pieces necessary to help the university/industry partnership thrive,” said Chris Svec, co-founder of UNITE. “We designed a proven process and valuation tool when we led the corporate engagement work at The Ohio State University and we are excited to bring UNITE to Michigan State.”

MSU’s relationships with corporations are multifaceted and of great importance to many MSU stakeholders, said Brice Nelson, director of corporate partnerships for the MSU Innovation Center.

“The UNITE program will create a common vocabulary and framework to help these stakeholders communicate with one another and measure progress,” Nelson added. “We look forward to working together to enhance our internal teamwork and strengthen corporate relationships.”

The initiative between UNITE and Michigan State University will be one year in duration and launch in January 2022.


About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 165 years.

One of the world's leading research universities, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better, safer, healthier world for all while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


UNITE is a consulting, training and technology designed to help universities work more effectively with corporate partnerships. UNITE delivers a proven Process to drive win-win partnerships and a Valuation Tool to place value on industry relationships and validate the efforts of university teams activating corporate engagement work. UNITE is an Ohio State University portfolio company and exclusively licenses a technology (invented by the co-founders) from The Ohio State University. The UNITE cohort of partners is growing and includes colleges and universities across the US of all sizes and the Ohio Innovation Exchange.

For more information about UNITE, please visit or contact Christy Bertolo at or 937.241.9066

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