The Office of Innovation Commercialization

Vision & Mission


To be the premier university-wide, cross-disciplinary, collaborative entrepreneurship center in the State of North Carolina. We will build collaborations with multiple agencies and organizations, including other entrepreneurship centers, organizations, and economic development agencies.


Our mission is to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and to serve as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. We will accomplish this by promoting entrepreneurship across the campus and in the community through public service and community engagement, education, and research.


The goals of the Center will be (1) to develop new kinds of learning, and (2) to build capacity of local institutions and engage the community with a particular emphasis in seven targeted cross-disciplinary areas: creative industries, family business, franchising, health care entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and technology entrepreneurship.