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.
Our core functions include:
These efforts are focused on leveraging K-State's strengths:
- Professional development capabilities
Protect and manage K-State's university-developed intellectual property portfolio
- Deploy technology through licensing or start-up company formation
In partnership with university and community entities, we focus on:
Company attraction and retention
Improvement of the regional ecosystem to support economic growth
*The Kansas State University Research Foundation is doing business as K-State Innovation Partners.
Board of Directors
Peter Dorhout, chair
K-State, vice president for research
K-State, chief financial officer and director of budget planning
Manhattan, KS, city manager
J. Ernest Minton
K-State, dean of The College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension
K-State, chief government relations officer
Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, president/CEO