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Programs & Partners

The IREO Role

IREO manages programs that help connect WSU expertise and infrastructure to the private sector. These efforts range from internally focused, supporting entrepreneurially minded faculty, to externally focused to stabilize and grow small business. Most forms of support for research within WSU are based on organizational partnerships, and it is a role of IREO to position WSU faculty for establishing and growing funding relationships for research. Strong partnerships are predicated on mutually valuable outcomes. The programs IREO manages all focus on discovering and designing the path to mutually valuable outcomes. 

Current Activities


The Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors (EFA) was established to recognize and support outstanding accomplishments and initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship at WSU.


I-Corps is a National Science Foundation funded program that provides coaching for faculty students and staff to help evaluate the market opportunity associated with a research outcome.


WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) is a resource hub for innovators, creatives, ideators and entrepreneurs.


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The purpose of the Extension, Engagement and Education (E3) group is to align efforts to serve regional stakeholders while enhancing our educational mission.  


The E8 Angel investors seek Fellows with experience in technical fields to support their cleantech investment community and activities during the fall and spring semesters.


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) houses a network of small business advisors that provide confidential client focused services to stabilize, support and grow small business in Washington State.


The Palouse Knowledge Corridor is a regional economic development organization that WSU and IREO are partnering with to develop a suite of Palouse-based activities.


Welcome to Inside Industry with IREO, the premier podcast series about working with industry to fund research. This podcast is brought to you by the Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) team located at Washington State University.


Industry engagement opportunities are often times difficult to find, or maybe you’ve found the perfect partner but there isn’t enough funding available to support the partnership. We’ve created the ACADEMIA and INDUSTRY $UPPORT program to help!