The Start-up Process

The Office of Commercialization (OC) is here to help WSU researchers navigate the path from innovation to the marketplace. We ensure that your valuable discoveries are protected where possible, and prepared for potential licensing by third parties.

Another option you may choose for commercialization is forming your own start-up company. This section contains information that will be helpful in learning about that process. Always contact the OC staff if you need guidance or information at any point along your commercialization path.

Start-Up Guide  – This guide briefly outlines the steps to forming a start up company.

How we can help

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Dedicated funding resources and programs are here help hone your business model and succeed.


We offer “green” office space with all the resources needed to incubating a start-up company.


Let us connect you to our partners.


The University is supportive of faculty interested in forming companies, while aware of potential conflicts which may arise. A good starting point would be to look through WSU’s Executive Policy 27, which outlines many of the relevant topics, including Conflict of Interest issues, as well as the Conflict of Interest page on the University’s website.

The Research and Technology Park has incubator space available; moreover our office can provide funding for further development of “near market” University technologies. Research Park