Community & Economic Partnerships

Whether bettering communities or commercializing the next big idea, great accomplishments are made possible when we bring community and university-based knowledge together.

Community leaders, nonprofits, businesses, entrepreneurs, and scholars connect through the Office of Research and Engagement.

Jump start your endeavors and maximize your impact by taking advantage of our contacts, educational resources, and cross-campus, cross-community perspective. 

Don’t know where to start? The Partner Referral Desk will help you identify potential partners on campus and in the community.

Business & Tech Partnerships

LaunchUNCG is an umbrella initiative housing the NC Entrepreneurship CenterInnovation Partnership Services Office, and Greensboro I-Corps program. It offers:

  • guidance on protecting your intellectual property
  • review of external agreements and commercialization activities
  • free one-on-one idea, nonprofit, and business consultations
  • connections to regional companies, support organizations, funders, and other resources
  • access to the startup ecosystem
Community Engagement

Our Institute for Community and Economic Engagement:

  • is a central communication hub about engagement activities, relationships, resources, scholarship, best practices, and outcomes
  • is home to the CollaboratoryTM, a showcase where UNCG faculty, staff, and community partners share their projects and impact
  • helps you grow your relationships and activities through the UNCG Partner Referral Desk, which connects callers with the right campus and community partners and resources
Foundations & Corporations

Corporations and foundations are important partners in supporting UNCG’s ability to meet its teaching, research, and service mission. When these organizations choose to financially support our activities, they are making an investment in us, and these partnerships call for keen attention to detail. 

The primary responsibility for coordinating and facilitating proposed and existing relationships with corporations and foundations rests with the Office of Research and Engagement. We track the portfolio of proposed and active initiatives that involve corporate and foundation funding, typically serve as the single point of contact for organizations that request one, and routinely interact with corporate and foundation representatives to stay abreast of their interests. We also work closely with the Office of Advancement and with major gift officers to coordinate common interests and relationships across campus.

For foundation engagement information, start with our Office of Sponsored Programs’ Applying to a Foundation page

For more information on corporate engagement, contact Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement Terri Shelton at or 336.256.0232.


Our technical facilities and partnerships include:

Other ways to partner with us

The External Affairs team serves as the primary point of contact for the University’s interests in local, state and federal government processes. 

Visit the UNCG Community and Partners Gateway (coming this fall), for general information on how community members interface with the University.