A quick diversion from sports with an eye on ‘the real world’ and the University’s broader mission. I ran across this a few weeks ago and wanted to share with the community.
The universityâ€™s New Venture Services supports the Fast 15 through customized support for faculty and student projects and startups. The goal is to create stronger, more viable earlyâ€“stage companies that are poised for future success.
The Fast 15 includes a spectrum of experience, from teams just starting with great ideas, to startups focusing on discoveries with great potential for commercialization, and also young companies marketing initial products but needing assistance to reach their full potential.
NC State staff, faculty, industry leaders and entrepreneurs vet potential Fast 15 participants. New Venture Services, within the Office of Technology Transfer, then provides mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, business launch planning and assistance building management teams.
â€œThe designation also offers the startup companies visibility that helps to attract interest from investors and prospective early stage stakeholders,â€ adds Russell Thomas, who leads New Ventures services. The Fast 15 project complements the NC Stateâ€™s partnership with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, which is working with several campuses in the Triangle.
Check out the Fast 15, listed in alphabetical order.