Strategic Partner Spotlight: Technology Commercialization Carolina

Each month CED spotlights strategic partners that help to propel Triangle entrepreneurial companies onto the national stage as successful businesses. One of our July Strategic Partner Spotlights is Technology Commercialization Carolina.

[Patent Landscape and Market evaulation report made] us cognizant of important related IP so we could partition out IP appropriately. It helped us recognize the extent of patents in the area of interest.” – Dr. Ed Samulski and Alan Dow, Allotropica Technologies, Inc

Our involvement with E-TAP came at a critical time in our business’ history. Our industry has been in a mode of constant change which has placed a lot of stress on companies like ours. E-Tap provided a fresh set of eyes and people who asked pointed questions about what we were doing and why. Those questions gave us a chance to re-evaluate our market position and our direction.” – Andy Anderson, Community Innovations Inc.

About Technology Commercialization Carolina
Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), an initiative of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, supports North Carolina entrepreneurs through commercialization and entrepreneurship training, early-stage venture launch support and funding. TCC’s programs include Patent Landscape, Market and Funding Opportunity Research; Startup Consulting; Entrepreneurial Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP); and entrepreneurship education workshops. 

Why does Technology Commercialization Carolina support CED as a strategic partner? 
The Kenan Institute and CED have a shared vision to provide meaningful support services to North Carolina entrepreneurs. By working in partnership, we are all able to create a more vibrant entrepreneurial community in North Carolina.

How does Technology Commercialization Carolina help North Carolina entrepreneurs? 
The TCC initiative provides an array of business development services through our four core programs. Our Patent Landscape, Market and Funding Opportunity Research program creates customized reports that locate information and provide analysis to support development of an innovator’s idea into working technology and IP. The Startup Consulting Program assists university faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and other NC institutions with the development of a commercialization strategy for moving novel technologies toward the market. E-TAP focuses its efforts in Eastern North Carolina, where it pairs NC companies with talented MBA students to solve a business-related problem. TCC also works closely with strategic partners, such as CED, to sponsor and promote events throughout North Carolina that provide both a learning component and networking opportunity for entrepreneurs. A nomination form for our programs is listed on the TCC website at tcc.unc.edu. TCC is funded by grants from the US Economic Development Administration, Golden LEAF Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the William R. Kenan Jr. Fund. We are able to offer our services to qualified applicants at no cost.  

What does Technology Commercialization Carolina envision for the future of entrepreneurship? 
The future of entrepreneurship is about recognizing and celebrating the diversity of business ideas. Cultivating resources and networks that support every entrepreneur will drive innovation and job creation. The Kenan Institute created TCC to establish programs that support businesses as diverse as university laboratory spinouts to high-growth technology firms to start-ups in the small towns across the state. 

Website: tcc.unc.edu

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