Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization
Wade Fulghum serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Commercialization for NC State University leading the office whose mission is facilitate the commercialization of innovative research discoveries that seek to address the worlds grandest challenges thereby driving economic growth in North Carolina and around the world. He propels this mission forward by creating and overseeing programs aimed at discovering, validating and strengthening NC State technologies and teams. Research commercialization is achieved through licensing intellectual property to industry and the launch and support of startup companies.
Wade serves as the principal investigator and Managing Director for the National Science Foundations (NSF) I-Corps Site at NC State, and serves as the principal investigator on the proposed NSF Mid-Atlantic Hub in collaboration with 10 leading research institutions in the region. He is the co-founder of the Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN) and serves as the Chair of the WIN Steering Committee. Wade serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Research Triangle Advisory Board, and serves on the statewide SBTDC Advisory Board, and the NC State Alumni Entrepreneurs Network Board.
Prior to assuming the leadership role for the office Wade served as the Director of New Ventures over six years and has been responsible for the support of over 100 research-based startup companies and has launched initiatives including the PackStart Program, the Executive In Residence (XIR) program, and partnership with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Venture Mentor program.
Wade received his Bachelors of Finance from the University of Florida as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University focusing on Organizational Change Management. He brings over twenty years of experience both as a small business owner and advising companies locally and globally and is a veteran of the US Army. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, mountain biking, gardening, and cooking.