The University of Minnesota’s Office of Technology Commercialization, which has increased the number of businesses born from university research, announced Tuesday a partnership with Wisconsin-based “Gener8tor” the start-up business accelerator.

“This will increase the probability of success of our start-ups … and give our start-ups access to a broader universe of investors,” said Jay Schrankler, an electrical engineer and industry veteran who was hired in 2008 amid criticism that the U allowed too much technology to languish in the lab.

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