For Industry

University-industry partnerships accelerate innovation and solve complex challenges. Let us help you navigate the university system to find the resources you need—like your future workforce, subject-matter expertise, or state-of-the-art labs and equipment.

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For Faculty

NC State’s partnerships with industry and government create high-impact research opportunities for faculty. We can help you find companies and agencies that share your interests, and initiate mutually beneficial research agreements.

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For Entrepreneurs

More than 170 startup companies began life at NC State. The university offers funding, programs and licensing opportunities that benefit entrepreneurs and their investors. Let us help you find the right resources to launch and scale your company.

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Economic Development

Creating Jobs Across North Carolina

With North Carolina in competition with other states to attract new businesses, especially those with high-paying jobs, the academic institutions in the Triangle region have become a major selling point, and partner, in that effort. The Office of Partnerships and Economic Development works closely with economic development organizations throughout the state to attract companies in diverse industry sectors.

Director Tom White leads NC State’s economic development efforts as he markets the university’s student and faculty talent, and identifies opportunities to promote NC State’s strengths to recruit companies to North Carolina. Whether it’s finding IT professionals who can meet a financial firm’s technological needs or filling an abandoned bottling plant with a new venture, Tom is working with the N.C. Department of Commerce and other agencies—all towards a single goal of creating more jobs across the state.

In FY2019, NC State’s Economic Development Partnership supported the creation of 5,035 jobs and $1.25 billion in capital investment across North Carolina.

5,035 Jobs


Capital Investment

NC State: A Research Powerhouse


2nd in industry-sponsored R&D expenditures among all universities without medical schools.


2nd in the number of licenses and options executed among universities without a medical school.


One of only 2.3% of all research universities categorized as having “very high research activity” by Carnegie Foundation.



Corporate, government and nonprofit partners call Centennial Campus home.


Centennial Campus

The Partnership Campus

No other research campus in North America provides a partnership environment like Centennial Campus. Located only five minutes from downtown Raleigh, Centennial’s density of academic and corporate buildings side by side fosters greater collaboration and discovery. Created in 1984, the campus has become the crown jewel of NC State and continues to be the model for other university-owned and operated research parks in the United States and beyond. Centennial Campus is the university’s proving ground for highly effective public-private partnerships.

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