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Impact

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

  • 170+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research, attracting a total of $1.7 billion in venture capital.
  • #3 nationwide for startups launched among universities without a medical school; #5 nationwide in licenses and options executed.
  • 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

 FY14FY15FY16FY17FY18FY19
DISCLOSURES
Inventions204196225217210226
Software224136181829
Plant Variety132017202527
Copyright14291314198
Trademark540001
Tangible Research Materials010634
Total258291290275276295
PATENT ACTIVITY
New Patents Filed186181229241264292
U.S. Patents Issued402358474641
Foreign Patents Issued422412162834
Total Patents Issued824365597275
COMMERCIALIZATION AGREEMENTS
Patent License402742463942
Software License143366
Plant License273745384951
Copyright License0710214
Tangible Research Materials License231230
Options756163784353
Total145139164169145157
MISCELLANEOUS AGREEMENTS
MTA165201203241258245
CDA395377404367362354
Other184233306297272293
Total744811913905892892
REVENUE
Royalties ($ millions)$7.5$7.6$3.8$4.4$5.3$5.6
NEW VENTURE DEVELOPMENT
Startup Companies101212152021
New Products to Market in FY73254813N/A