Innovation Scholars programming, comprised of Innovation Partners (IP) and the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program (MISP), provides outstanding liberal arts students from Minnesota’s private colleges and universities the unique opportunity to engage in the business development processes of new medical innovations in real time. These experiential learning programs broaden interdisciplinary learning opportunities by exploring innovations at the intersection of science, business, medicine and entrepreneurship.

Designed in 2006 by retired Medtronic executive, John Meslow, MISP has been an innovative model for student experiential learning. IP was developed as a virtual experiential program by John and his team in 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, building on the evidence-based strengths of MISP. In partnership with local early-stage medical companies, IP provides students with exposure to the array of challenges associated with commercialization.

Innovation Scholars programming is a collaborative effort between selected Minnesota private colleges, the Mayo Clinic and Medical Alley early-stage medical companies.

Financial support comes from the Medtronic Foundation, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Minnesota private colleges and universities and participating companies.

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