Strategic Partner Spotlight: LaunchUNCG
Strategic Partner Spotlight: LaunchUNCG

CED spotlights strategic partners that help to propel Triangle entrepreneurial companies onto the national stage as successful businesses. One of our Strategic Partner Spotlights is LaunchUNCG

About LaunchUNCG

Whether you want to start a business, find collaborators and funding for your research, or join the startup ecosystem, LaunchUNCG is the one-stop-shop to help you get connected and start something awesome. LaunchUNCG is the umbrella initiative housing The NC Entrepreneurship Center, Innovation Partnership Services Office, & The Greensboro I-CORPS program. Leveraging our vast array of resources and expertise, we can help empower you to turn your vision into reality.

How does your company help North Carolina entrepreneurs?

Primarily focused on university-affiliated entrepreneurs, we provide funding, guidance and other resources to help early-stage entrepreneurs take action and get connected with the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. The NC Entrepreneurship Center works to expose and inspire the UNCG community and beyond to an entrepreneurial path. Spearheading over 30 different events and initiatives each year including UNCG Entrepreneur Day, 2 Minutes to Win It Pitch Competition, and Entrepreneurial Journeys Speaker Series, the NCEC engages with over 250 professionals and 3000 students each year.

The Innovation Partnership Services Offices is UNCG's Technology Commercialization + More. Working with our faculty to protect their innovations and get them off campus to impact the world, we further collaborate with companies to leverage the expertise on campus to solve challenging problems to grow their business. IPSO assists companies in developing agreements with faculty around applied research, improving existing technology, specialized testing and more. IPSO also maintains a growing portfolio of competitive intellectual property available for license to companies looking for a competitive innovation within a variety of verticals.

What does your company envision for the future of entrepreneurship?

LaunchUNCG is your place to start an impactful relationship with the world-class resources housed at UNC-Greensboro. Whether you are looking to collaborate with faculty working on cutting-edge research, engage with students possessing an ambitious entrepreneurial mindset, or access the industry-leading resources housed on campus, LaunchUNCG is the doorway to help you achieve your goals.

LaunchUNCG is the innovation engine at UNCG, housing the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC), Innovations Partnership Services Office (IPSO) and Greensboro NSF I-Corps Program (I-Corps), all in one location. The goal is to expose and inspire through the NCEC, advise and protect through IPSO, and launch through I-Corps. The Greensboro NSF I-Corps Program is a nationally recognized initiative helping innovative students and faculty inventions determine the ideal product-market fit for their innovation. Leveraging the Lean Launchpad methodology, these funded teams engage in customer discovery to identify the ideal value proposition for the largest customer segments, setting the groundwork for launching a sustainable and scalable business. Greensboro I-Corps Program has resulted in over $800k in additional team funding in just its first year, serving as a feeder for North Carolina's thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. LaunchUNCG envisions growth in entrepreneurship and collaboration across the region.

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