Research universities are a rich source of talent and R&D resources, but navigating through them to forge a university-industry partnership can be complex. The Office of Partnerships and Economic Development at NC State helps organizations save time and money by providing expert assistance and strategic connections. Here are a few of the pathways to partnering with NC State:

  • Find faculty with subject-matter expertise in areas as diverse as advanced analytics and smart fibers.
  • Connect with highly-qualified students for internships, co-ops and full-time hires.
  • Launch businesses built around the licensing of NC State technology and science.
  • Acquire state-of-the-art testing services and lab equipment needed to develop your technologies.
  • Maintain a physical presence on NC State’s award-winning Centennial Campus for real-time access to top talent and resources.

In other words, think of us as your front door to academic resources—resources that can often dramatically improve your business and accelerate innovation.

Learn more about teaming up with NC State by visiting the following links.

Partnership Development Team

Director, Partnerships

Leah Burton

Partnership Developer

Keisha Demps

Partnership Developer

Nanci Washington


Partnership Development Process


Our team works to understand the prospective partner’s strategic business goals and how they align with NC State’s strengths.


We build strong relationships and transition companies from prospect to partner.


Our partnership developers creates an environment that encourages strategic connections in alignment with the partner’s business goals.


We maintain university-industry partnerships by continually addressing evolving interests and solving complex challenges.


Our team helps partners accelerate innovation through collaborative opportunities, resulting in significant Return On Investment (ROI).