Innovation Partners

K-State Innovation Partners

K-State Innovation Partners facilitates collaboration between the university, industry and communities through corporate engagement, technology commercialization and economic development.

K-State Innovation Partners* is committed to collaborating with university, industry and communities to deliver a streamlined mission of corporate engagement, technology commercialization and economic development.

Driven by innovation, this nationally unique organizational structure serves K-State, community partners and industry in one comprehensive unit. This allows for efficient intellectual property protection, economic opportunities and a consistent experience for partners.

As a service unit and partner, we are dedicated to collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to identify common goals and shared initiatives for the benefit of K-State, communities and the state of Kansas.

*The Kansas State University Research Foundation is doing business as K-State Innovation Partners.



227 economic partnerships that helped advance client companies
20 companies that Innovation Partners invested in or helped launch
$7M in licensing revenue generated in FY 2023

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Board of Directors

David Rosowsky, chair

K-State, vice president for research

Cynthia Enright

Partner, iValuation

Ethan Erickson

K-State, chief financial officer and director of budget planning

J. Ernest Minton

K-State, dean of The College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension

Jason Smith

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, president/CEO