The Center for Business and Community Partnerships is PSU’s “front porch” where potential partners can begin the process of engaging with our students and faculty. The CBCP helps bring partnerships to life by helping develop ideas, by convening innovative multi-stakeholder projects, and by encouraging compliance with PSU’s policies regarding innovation management and intellectual property.
The CBCP works closely with the commercial sector, the not-for-profit sector, managing agencies and the creative/cultural sector with specific focus on:
- Project Development and Innovation Management. The CBCP develops and expands University relationships with industry, by a) fostering relationships between faculty and external partners, b) preparing project agreements, contracts, and memorandums of understanding, and c) facilitating intellectual property disclosure, technology transfer, and commercialization.
- Internships and Service Opportunities. The CBCP develops internship, co-op, and community service experiences that provide benefit to our partners while giving students the opportunity to apply what they learn in practical settings.
- Community Engagement. The CBCP helps Plymouth State engage the region by providing backbone support for community-led initiatives and overseeing the PSU Community Education program.
In addition to creating and maintaining deep networks of industry partners, the CBCP supports internal and external partner interaction with other PSU entities including the Integrated Clusters, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, University Advancement, Marketing and Communications Services, Alumni Relations, other Centers and Institutes, Career Services, and Admissions.