Office of Research Commercialization Advisors (ORCA) Network
The Office of Research Commercialization Advisors (ORCA) program is designed to provide a comprehensive way for a broad range of external advisors and expert management to engage with NC State startups and research teams. ORCA pairs experienced entrepreneurs and industry executives with NC State faculty and entrepreneurs who have launched or are involved in the launch of a startup company for continued coaching and guidance.
NC State’s I-Corps Program provides participating teams with training in customer discovery best practices and understanding market feedback. Teams are matched with business mentors that provide ecosystem knowledge and connections to further the teams’ understanding of a market.