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NC State is creating real-world impact through innovative ideas and action. Our faculty, students and staff are at the forefront of progress, and the Office of Research Commercialization helps accelerate those ideas to the market. See how we are making a difference locally, nationally and globally.

Startups Making a Difference

Creating impact is what we do. Our faculty and students are at the cutting edge of technological advancements, and we help to get their ideas and innovations into the market place. However, that is only the end result. The true spark of discovery is how these innovators unlock innovation from the very beginning. We tell their stories at all stages of their journey to show the true impact of what we can accomplish together.

By the Numbers

  • 190+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research, attracting a total of $1.7 billion in venture capital.
  • #4 nationwide for startups launched among universities without a medical school; #1 nationwide in active licenses and options.
  • 1,500+ patents issued in the U.S. and nearly 2,000 patents issued worldwide, yielding 600+ consumer products.
  • The Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN) matches NC State alumni investors with promising university-affiliated startups to facilitate mentoring, support and angel investments for entrepreneurial businesses. WIN currently has 140 members, and WIN members have invested more than $13 million in 23 NC State affiliated startups.
  • The George W. Bush Institute study on The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities listed NC State as one of the top 20 universities for innovation impact.
  • The Milken Institute, an economic think tank, cited the collaboration and innovation fostered by NC State — and particularly by Centennial Campus — as key reasons why Raleigh is the one of the top 10 best-performing large cities in the United States.
  • NC State and its students, alumni and associated startups generate $6.5 billion of North Carolina income annually.

Five Year Metrics

Plant Variety2025273538
Tangible Research Material63421
Patent Activity
Total New Patents Filed241264292275258
US Patents Issued4746416353
Foreign Patents Issued1628343342
Total Patents Issued5972759695
Commercialization Agreements
Patent License4639423432
Software License36666
Plant License3849493971
Copyright License21415
Tangible Research Material License23010
Miscellaneous Agreements
Royalties ($ millions)$4.40$5.30$5.6$4.5$6
New Venture Development
Startup Companies1520211720