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Helping drive WSU’s land grant mission
Economic development is a large component of a land-grant university’s mission to advance, extend, and apply knowledge to all. Universities participate in economic development by bringing new technologies to market that advance industry or start new companies, educating tomorrow’s workforce, and offering expertise and resources to help solve local and global challenges.

WSU’s economic development team

WSU’s economic development team includes three groups that interface with the private sector: The Office of Commercialization, Corporate & Foundation Relations and the Small Business Development Centers.

The Office of Commercialization

WSU researchers are at the forefront of innovations in agriculture, global human and animal health, clean technology, smart systems, and engineering. Technology managers at The Office of Commercialization combine subject matter expertise with technical, business and intellectual property experience to help researchers evaluate, protect and promote their innovations for the marketplace. The Office also works with industry partners to facilitate the efficient transfer of technology, proprietary information and inventions. Visit the website or contact the OC to learn more about the commercialization process and how to get started.

Corporate Relations

WSU has a long history of collaborating with corporations to leverage WSU’s world-class students, research, technology development, and outreach for the advancement of Washington’s economic sectors. Our corporate relations team is based in Seattle to build strong, long-lasting relationships with companies whose missions align with WSU’s strengths. The team also works with WSU development officers and faculty, helping them find external partners, facilitate conversations, build program awareness, and coordinate cross-disciplinary efforts.

To get connected to the corporate relations team, please contact director Adria Alhadeff, 206-219-2405.

Foundation Relations

Our Foundation Relations team identifies private foundations looking to support research and initiatives that align with WSU’s strengths. The team brings Foundations on lab visits, helps researchers through the proposal process, and can coordinate large, interdisciplinary granting efforts.

To get connected to the foundation relations team, please contact director Karin Neuenschwander,, 509-335-6726.

Small Business Development Centers

Located through the state, The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is a network of certified business advisors who provide no-cost business advising to help you start, grow or transition your business. The Washington SBDC receives support from Washington State University, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other institutions of economic development and higher education.

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