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


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!


WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship is a resource hub for innovators, creatives, ideators and entrepreneurs.


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 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.


The Working with Industry 101 short course series was created by the Innovation and Research Engagement Office to help faculty and trainees develop industry research partnerships. This 4-part program serves to orient academic researchers to the unique aspects of working with the private sector and provides an overview on topics such as: how to find partners, as well as basics of contracting, intellectual property and budgeting. There are 2 separate opportunities to hear from experts, both during our industry partners panel and our faculty colleagues panel, where you learn the do’s and don’ts of working with industry from both sides of the table.


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.


One Palouse is a regional organization focused on connecting entrepreneurs to the resources they need to be successful.  We accomplish this by teaming with our local economic development agencies providing connectivity and tools to identify the gaps in entrepreneurial support.  We then work together to overcome those gaps and promote the Palouse as one community.


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.