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Influence is the second of the three I2I sub-networks and recognizes the value of personal relationships and networks to gain insight into the development process. Click on the tabs below to explore the different resources that are available.

In-Network Service Units

Office of Technology Transfer

 Development OTT

OTT

Services Offered

  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Search Reports and Market Assessments
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Confidential Disclosure Agreements
  • Classroom Lectures on Intellectual Property
  • Licensing 
  • Prototype/Resource Development

Downloadable Content

  • ECU Inventor Handbook
  • Available Technologies for Licensing
  • Inventor Spotlights
  • ECU Patent and Copyright Policies
  • Agreement Templates

Contact:

Email: ott@ecu.edu

Phone: 252.328.9549

Website: www.ecu.edu/ott


Excerpt about services: "First and Foremost, OTT Supports ECU's Research Community! In doing so, OTT facilitates effective and efficient transfer of research materials and information in support of academic research by establishing appropriate agreements that recognize and protect ECU's intellectual assets.  Equally important, OTT assesses university inventions for commercial potential and implements appropriate forms for intellectual property protection to maximize industry interest.  Finally, OTT markets and licenses ECU inventions to industry partners for development of useful products and services. These partners may take the form of established industry leaders, emerging businesses and industry experts, OTT has established a reputation for effective and efficient management of university inventions."

Idea Lab

 Idea Lab Development

Idea Lab

Services Offered

  • Business Development
  • Marketability
  • Business Models
  • Guidance on Startups

Downloadable Content


    Excerpt about services: The IDEA LAB was developed in September 2016 as an outlet for ECU students, faculty and staff to discuss any potential new business idea with business professionals in the Miller School of Entrepreneurship. The lab is open every Tuesday and Thursday during fall and spring semesters from 9am until noon in Bate 1200. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcomed. Lab services are free of charge to the ECU community.

    Commercialization HUB

     HUB Development

    HUB

    Services Offered

    • In-depth Review of Biomedical Technologies
    • Feedback on Regulatory and Clinical Hurdles
    • Identification of Commercialization Milestones
    • Referral to Biomedical Commercialization Grant Opportunities

    Downloadable Content

      Contact:

      Email: ott@ecu.edu

      Phone: 252.328.9549

      Website: www.ecu.edu/ott/hub.cfm


      Excerpt about services: The ECU Commercialization Hub is a pilot program designed to guide biomedical research faculty in transforming novel scientific discoveries into commercially viable products or services for an unmet need.  The Hub offers valuable resources to further commercialization efforts by providing assistance in evaluating feasibility, establishing proof of concept, identifying milestones necessary for project validation, and assessing market viability.  As a pilot program, the Hub is available on an invitation only basis to ECU inventors who have been referred by the Office of Technology Transfer.  Hub participants will be provided one-on-one counseling sessions with subject matter experts to determine development milestones.  Group training sessions will also be available for participants to expand their knowledge of key commercialization milestones.

      Innovation Design Lab

       IDL Development

      Innovation Design Lab

      Services Offered

      • MakerBot 3D Printer Innovation Center
      • 3D Design and Prototyping
      • Motion Capture
      • Workforce Development Program
      • Poster Printing

      Downloadable Content


        Excerpt about services: The Innovation Design Lab (IDL) is a collaborative venue for leading edge research and design-driven innovation. A best-in-class facility, the IDL was one of three national finalists in the category of Community Connected Campus Awards of Excellence by the University Economic Development Association. The lab fuels transdisciplinary innovation, research and education to: 
        •  enhance the innovation capacity and competitiveness of NC’s firms; 
        •  build regional networks to generate advanced learning opportunities; 
        •  foster creativity and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the region; 
        •  support team-based education that creates innovators and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of new product development; and 
        •  build an innovation culture that values creativity, risk-taking and disciplined implementation.

        Entrepreneurial Initiative

         IE Development

        IE webpage

        Services Offered

        • Market Assessment
        • Business Plan
        • Networking
        • Entrepreneur Training
        • Startups
        • Investor Network

        Downloadable Content

        • Vendor Testimonials

        Contact:

        Email: hackneym@ecu.edu

        Phone: 252.737.1345

        Website: www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/ei/index.cfm


        Excerpt about services: ECU’s Entrepreneurial Initiative is an organization dedicated to helping public and private organizations maximize their potential by enabling them to launch products, services, ideas and inventions to the market. Capital is always a serious concern for early stage companies. The EI facilitates Eastern North Carolina - Investor Network meetings, where companies present to angel investors. The EI also helps entrepreneurs network with angel investors, venture capitalists, incubators, and other entities supporting early stage innovations. With the assistance and support of over 17 sponsoring organizations the EI facilitated two annual Summit’s with internationally recognized speakers for entrepreneurs. This same support network is now organizing a Business Plan Competition for the eastern region. The EI provides an opportunity for highly innovative individuals to become informed about product development, capital resources, and how to network a large support system for their early stage products.

        Small Business Institute

         SBI SBTDC SEED Development

        SBI

        Services Offered

        • On-Site Business Management Assistance
        • Business Plan Review 
        • Market Assessment

        Downloadable Content

          Contact:

          Email: harrismi@ecu.edu 

          Phone: 252.328.9549

          Website: www.ecu.edu/cs-bus/sbi/index.cfm


          Excerpt about services: The East Carolina University Small Business Institute Program (ECU-SBI) is an engagement program sponsored by the ECU College of Business. The purpose of the program is to provide specialized, on-site management assistance to small business owners while providing senior level and graduate business students valuable practical experience.  Since 2000, over 600 students have completed the SBI program, accounting for approximately 40,000 hours of fieldwork. The ECU-SBI has  assisted well over 590 clients since its inception in 1974. The number of cases that the Institute handles is limited only by the enrollment of the consulting class. Student teams consisting of four to six members (under direct supervision of the director) analyze the business and its industry for the purpose of identifying core problem areas and researches problem areas for the purpose of developing recommendations as to how identified problems can best be solved.  At the end of the study, a professional report is provided to the owner or business manager along with an on-site presentation of team findings.  All participants in the project are required to sign a statement of confidentiality, and all sensitive materials regarding the business are kept secure in the SBI.

          Greenville SEED @ ECU

           SBI SBTDC SEED Development

          Greenville SEED

          Services Offered

          • Office Space
          • Mentoring
          • Infrastructure
          • Startups

          Downloadable Content

          • Membership Forms

          Excerpt about services: The Greenville SEED @ ECU collaboration space is an environment for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses. It is not just office space. Programs, mentoring and infrastructure are available to accelerate the growth of businesses. Programs exist for students (college and high school), start-up companies, and emerging technology businesses.

          Small Business Development Center

           SBI SBTDC SEED Development

          SBTDC

          Services Offered

          • Business Counseling
          • Management Advice
          • Financial Assistance and Analysis
          • Technology Development and Commercialization
          • Strategy and Growth Development
          • Leadership and Employee Performance
          • Government Procurement and International Export
          • Marketing Assistance and Research

          Downloadable Content

          • Business Start-Up and Resource Guide
          • Guide to Selling a Small Business
          • Intellectual Property Guide: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
          • Captial Opportunities for Small Businesses
          • How to Conduct an Industry Analysis

          Contact:

          Email: n/a

          Phone: 252.737.1385

          Website: www.sbtdc.org/offices/ecu/


          Excerpt about services: The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has helped North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs since 1984. We provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most of our services are free of charge, and all are confidential. By providing entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build and grow successful businesses, the SBTDC positively impacts NC’s economy.

          Out of Network Service Units

          NC East Alliance

          NC East
          The NC East Alliance is the lead economic development organization serving eastern NC.  The Alliance is a private, not-for-profit economic development agency serving more than 1 million residents within several small metropolitan and micropolitan areas from the fringe of the Research Triangle to the Atlantic Coast. We work with state, local and national economic development organizations to help our existing industries expand; actively market to and assist in the recruitment of new businesses into the region; build regional economic capacity; and provide confidential site location assistance for companies seeking available buildings and sites for expansion or relocation.

          Contact:

          Phone: 252.689.6498

          Website: www.nceast.org

          Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce

          Chamber
          Membership in the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce is an investment in our community and identifies you as a valued community partner who is willing to help Greenville and Pitt County become the strongest business community in Eastern North Carolina. Whether you utilize the Chamber to simply invest in our community, build your network, attend events, or enhance your business, the Chamber is excited to have you as a partner. When your company joins the Chamber, all of your employees gain access to our extensive network of businesses and professionals found throughout Greenville, Pitt County, and Eastern North Carolina. Membership is available in two broad categories - Cornerstone and Capstone. Within those categories, membership levels are available based on your business needs and commitment interests.

          Contact:

          Phone: 252.752.4101

          Website: www.greenvillenc.org

          Pitt Community College Small Business Center

          PCC
          The Small Business Center (SBC) is dedicated to the training of potential and existing small business owners. Training sessions are offered as free seminars as well as customized individual business training events. The Small Business Center offers more than 125 free seminars each year on various business topics including: Financing, Management, Marketing, and Accounting/Record Keeping. The SBC also offers free, confidential one-on-one business consulting services to assist you in the daily operation of your business. These services can include: a Financial Analysis of Your Company, Market and Industry Research, Loan Packages, Business Plans, Marketing Plans, and Strategic Planning.

          NC IDEA

          NC Idea
          NC IDEA serves as a catalyst for young, high-growth, technology companies in North Carolina. We help these innovative companies mainly by providing early financing in the form of grants. NC IDEA knows that money alone does not drive success. The management team at NC IDEA understands the needs of startups. The staff at NC IDEA has experience in building and advising young companies and is available as a resource for those companies that are awarded one of our grants. NC IDEA is strategically positioned to leverage solid partnerships and alliances to support our grant winning companies. We are proud of our collaborative relationships with other North Carolina based organizations and the opportunities we can offer to young companies through these networks.

          Contact:

          Phone: 919.941.5600

          Website: www.ncidea.org

          NC Biotechnology Center

          NCBC
          Life sciences are transforming the world. Vaccines that prevent disease. Spider silk vests that protect battlefield soldiers. Crops that thrive in drought. Obstacles stand in the path from idea to product. We help navigate those obstacles. We connect the company and university researchers; the funders and the small companies; the job seekers and job providers. We provide funding when few others do. We keep an eye on emerging biotech sectors. And we make sure North Carolina leads the way. We’re a private, non-profit with headquarters in Research Triangle Park and offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greenville and Wilmington. The General Assembly funds us to grow this industry statewide.

          Contact:

          Phone: 919.541.9366

          Website: www.ncbiotech.org

          Carolina Small Business Development Fund

          Small Business Development Fund
          Carolina Small Business was founded in 1990 to create economic opportunity in communities across North Carolina. As a nonprofit and certified CDFI, we are passionate about supporting small businesses in underserved areas. Because those who go into business for themselves should never be left by themselves. We provide small business loans and financial training to start-ups and existing businesses along with lending services to community-based organizations.

          Contact:

          Phone: 252.364.4899

          Website: carolinasmallbusiness.org

          The Rural Center

          Rural Center
          Our mission is to develop, promote and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians. We serve the state’s 80 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources. To fulfill our mission, the center operates multifaceted programs with four overarching goals:
          • Serve as the state’s rural policy leader and advocate 
          •  Develop strategies to bring about economic and social transformation 
          •  Deliver resources for rural people, businesses and communities 
          •  Equip rural leaders to succeed in the 21st century 
          The center is a private, nonprofit organization funded by both public and private sources and led by a board of directors.

          Contact:

          Phone: 919.250.4314

          Website: www.ncruralcenter.org

          Pitt County Development Commission

          Pitt County Development Commission
          As a component unit of Pitt County government, the Pitt County Development Commission recruits new industry and supports existing industry in Pitt County.  Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County’s economy, and expand the local tax base.  The Commission maintains a website which includes extensive information on doing business in Pitt County including a free listing of available industrial and major office buildings and sites.  To help fulfill its mission, the Commission works closely with many partners including the North Carolina Department of Commerce, local municipalities and Chambers of Commerce, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and Vidant Health. In addition to its core mission of recruitment and expansion of industry, the Development Commission also operates a technology incubator, the Technology Enterprise Center.  The County purchased the former Prepshirt manufacturing facility in 1995 and has expended nearly $4 million to date for purchasing the building and for renovations including $1.14 million directly from the IDC Fund. The building currently has about 35,000 net leasable square feet, over 73% of which is leased to 10 tenants with approximately 70 employees.

          Contact:

          Phone: 252.902.2075

          Website: locateincarolina.com/

          Pitt County Vines

          Vines
          Pitt County VINES is a resource to help small businesses in eastern North Carolina sprout, grow and succeed. We provide entrepreneurs easy access to resources needed to maximize their potential and enable them to launch products, services, ideas and inventions to the market. We connect a network of nonprofit resource organizations which provide business-building services for small businesses. Through this website we facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and startup small businesses throughout the region.

          Contact:

          Website: vinesnc.com/


          NC Angel Funds and Networks

          Inception Micro Angel Fund

          IMAF
          IMAF is a member-owned and member-managed limited liability company, organized to provide members an opportunity for active involvement in a diversified capital investment process. The Fund contains a mixture of new and successful investors from from various industries. The fund will seek to enhance the wealth creation of its members by investing dollars as well as time and relationships in early stage, high quality, and high growth companies. There are currently seven IMAF funds across the state.

          Contact:

          IMAF-Cape Fear 
          Contact: Dallas Romanowski, Director 
          Phone: (910) 681-1420 

          IMAF-Charlotte / Charlotte Angel Fund 
          Contact: Greg Brown 
          Phone: (980) 307-0754 

          IMAF-East 
          Contact: Don Mills 
          Phone: (252) 916-2844 

          IMAF-RTP 
          Contact: Bill Warner, Director 
          Phone:(919) 570-1023 

          IMAF-Triad I and II 
          Contact: Tim Janke, Director 
          Phone: (919) 369-7031

          IMAF-West Contact: 
          Charlie Owen III, Fund Executive 
          Phone: (828) 651-9815 

          IMAF- Coastal Plain 
          Contact: Ben Moore, Fund Executive 
          Phone: (252) 406-3538 

          IMAF – Sandhills 
          Contact: Dallas Romanowski, Fund Executive 
          Phone: (910) 681-1420 

          Hatteras Venture Partners

          Hatteras Ventures
          Hatteras Venture Partners is a venture capital firm formed to invest primarily in early stage companies with a focus on biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT, and related opportunities in human medicine. The firm will typically invest in companies located in the research-driven regions of North Carolina and the Southeastern United States, which are undercapitalized in comparison to New England and California.

          Contact:

          Website: hatterasvp.com/

          Piedmont Angel Network

          PAN
          The Piedmont Angel Network (PAN) is a committed capital angel fund that focuses on investment opportunities in early stage companies that present high growth opportunities. PAN has invested in 23 companies since 2002 with a primary focus on the life science, technology, software, and advanced materials fields. While the Fund has a preference to invest in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, PAN has made investments across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

          Contact:

          Website: piedmontangelnetwork.com

          Pitt County Development Commission

          RTP Capital
          RTP Capital members convene each month at the First Flight Venture Center located in the Research Triangle Park.  The first part of the meeting is a casual get together with drinks to connect with each other.  We then have dinner during which we conduct the business part of the meeting including updates on pending deals, events and opportunities coming up, and reports from our committees.  After dinner, there are 30 minute presentations by one or two companies looking for investment followed by brief periods of questions and answers.

          Contact:

          Website: www.rtpcapital.org/

          Pitt County Development Commission

          WIN
          Wilmington Investor Network (WIN) is a Private equity fund of angel investor located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Membership is comprised of an elite group of serious investors from all areas of business. As a network, WIN is interested in high-growth companies with potential to provide a high return on investment.

          Contact:

          Phone: 910.538.6641

          Website: www.wilmingtoninvestor.com