Springboard Innovation Parnership Portal: A Network of Networks

Terri Lomax, vice chancellor for research and innovation, describes the Springboard Innovation Partnership Portal as “a network of networks” designed to unify various entrepreneurship and innovation activities on campus for faculty, staff, and students. Here’s a look at the units and activities that fall under Springboard:

Entrepreneurship Initiative

A campus-wide initiative designed to empower students as entrepreneurial thinkers and to support their innovation efforts.


An annual competition for students across the disciplines that awards up to $30,000 in nine events, including Best Product Design Demo, Best Elevator Pitch, and Everyday Innovation Video Competition.

College of Engineering’s Engineering Entrepreneurs Program

Senior engineering students act as founders and executives of virtual startup companies called eTeams comprised of undergraduate students from across the colleges who prototype both a product and a company.

College of Management’s Entrepreneurship Concentration and Minor

This cross-disciplinary concentration and multidisciplinary minor focuses on the challenges of establishing and managing new and growing ventures.

College of Textiles’ Entrepreneurship and New Product Development Course

Juniors majoring in fashion and textile management, textile design, and fashion design work in teams to develop innovative textile products and write business plans.

Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization and Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program is open to all graduate students at NC State and people in the Triangle who have a bachelor’s degree and a strong interest in the commercialization of new technologies.

Office of International Affairs’ Global Health Case Competition

Eight interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students develop and present innovative and realistic solutions to global health challenges.

College of Management’s Venture Pitch Competition

The Venture Pitch Competition is open to students taking entrepreneurship courses in the College of Management and to other NC State students who aspire to start a business.

College of Management’s Leadership and Innovation Showcase

Students compete for scholarships by creating poster presentations that summarize their innovative work in project-based courses.

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

The SBTDC provides counseling to businesses to assist them in commercializing technologies as well as to technology transfer offices at other institutions to support their development of spinoff companies.

Industrial Extension Service

The IES provides consulting services to North Carolina manufacturers, develops training programs, and helps companies improve processes and eliminate waste.

NC State Incubator

Located on Centennial Campus, this home for innovative entrepreneurs focuses on economic development for the state of North Carolina by supporting and stimulating entrepreneurship and new technologies by providing a collaborative blend of services and resources.

College of Management’s Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS)

CIMS is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment among scholars, researchers, and business executives, and its goal is to better understand the technological innovation process and how it could be managed more effectively.

Office of Technology Transfer’s Inventor Resource Center

This web‐based portal keeps track of the disclosure of new opportunities and provides faculty, staff and students with tools to reach external partners for research and/or commercialization relationships.

Technology Brokering and International Partnership

In order to increase university scientific breakthroughs into products, services and new technology companies, the Office of Technology Transfer works with several intellectual property brokers to promote NC State partnering opportunities in the areas of medical devices, nanotechnology, plant biotechnology, and drug discovery.

Intellectual Property Committee (IPC)

The IPC assists the Office of Technology Transfer in reviewing new inventions/opportunities and provides guidance in intellectual property ownership.

TechRevolution Seminar Series

Begun in 2008, service partners and the campus community come together for seminars related to strategic research topics and the process to form new companies.

NC State Innovation Showcase

The NC State Innovation Showcase, held annually in partnership with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, provides potential partners with an early look at NC State’s most promising opportunities.