CONNECTING BUSINESSES WITH BULLDOGS
Between our renowned faculty, groundbreaking research and high-caliber students, businesses have plenty of reasons to want to partner with UGA, and the Office of Business Engagement helps make that happen.
As the front door for industry, we specialize in connecting companies to the exceptional talent and resources of the University of Georgia. Your business faces new challenges every day. We want to partner with you to create solutions that help your company thrive.
A decades-long partnership between Georgia’s flagship university and a global leader in human and animal health has improved the lives of students, educators, researchers, farmers, livestock, pets and pet owners. And for UGA and Boehringer-Ingelheim, the work has only just begun.
Delta catalyzed the renovation of the heart of UGA’s Innovation District with a major gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation.
Global financial technology firm Fiserv has strong ties to Georgia with multiple Atlanta-area offices and a long list of Bulldog staffers. More than 125 UGA alumni are employed by Fiserv, including several in senior leadership roles.
The University of Georgia has received a grant of $1.25 million from the Truist Foundation and SunTrust Trusteed Foundations to establish the Truist Community Innovation Initiative, a multifaceted effort to enhance collaborative spaces and develop new programming and support for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Athens community.
Executive Director of Business Engagement & Innovation
Senior Director of Business Engagement & Philanthropy
Senior Director of Business Engagement & Strategy
Director of Business Engagement & Research Collaboration
Associate Director of Business Engagement
Assistant Director of Business Engagement Programs & Events
Graduate Assistant of Business Analytics
Industry Funded Activities Decision Tree
Deliverable outcomes for a university-industry collaboration will differ based on the type of activity involved: Sales & Service, Corporate Philanthropy, or Sponsored Project. This decision tree was created to help determine the appropriate category, and who to contact for confirmation.
Industry Collaboration Pathways
The University of Georgia has a long history of successful industry collaborations, and we offer a variety of pathways for our researchers to engage with companies at all stages of research and development. Industry Collaboration Pathways provides a brief overview of the most common research and service pathways, along with related intellectual property (IP), data and publication terms.
Building Industry Partnerships That Pay
University-Industry relationships can be challenging to navigate. Faculty who take the time to understand business perspectives are more likely to gain the trust it takes to establish long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. In the Building Industry Partnerships That Pay video, researchers will find tips for connecting with potential business partners, as well as valuable suggestions for framing their research interests as an avenue to address business needs.
Additional insights on industry collaborations can be found in the Research Live: Industry Collaborations Archives.
More tools coming soon!
What is the Office of Business Engagement?
Corporations no longer consider themselves “donors” to academia, rather, they are “investors,” and a growing trend in the Georgia business community is that companies are viewing universities as “partnership” relationships. Our Business Engagement strategies will be developing a return on their investment, or turning these partnerships into funding mechanisms.
What does UGA offer in these partnerships?
We want to provide strategic benefits such as workforce development & future employees; sponsored research; new technologies; employee training; Executive education; economic development; public service and outreach.
Our company is interested in visiting UGA and meeting several different departments and centers. Can OBE help?
Yes! Contact Assistant Director of Business Engagement Elizabeth Willimon.