Rapid Center Research and Development

Rapid Center Research and Development

Cullowhee, NC
WCU Rapid Center

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The Concept

Partnering with inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, and well-established businesses to move ideas and products forward.

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Who's it for?

Inventors, entrepreneurs, startup companies and well-established businesses in Western North Carolina.

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What problem does it solve?

Without the right equipment and facilities, moving your ideas and products forward toward successful commercialization can be challenging.

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How does it help?

Our Rapid Center will help you get results you can use - a prototype, proof of concept, new information, designs, drawings, suggestions for process improvements, innovative problem solving, new business ideas and more.

Program Overview

There is no charge for preliminary discussions and initial project assessments. Once you decide to work with us as a business partner, there are fees for engineering design, testing, prototyping or fabricating services related to your project. The scope of work for a project segment will specify the total cost of all services, staff and student resources, materials, equipment usage and other details. A business counselor from North Carolina's Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides Rapid Center clients with product commercialization counseling services at no-cost or very low cost. Examples of no-cost counseling include: business plan writing assistance, marketing strategy review, financial analysis assistance and operations planning. Examples of fee-based counseling services include: one- and two-day tactical and strategic retreats conducted at clients' business locations.

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