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How do you get your core facility operating at full capacity?

Generate new revenue by partnering with companies that need to leverage your campus’s equipment and facilities.

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Helping top universities lease their facilities

Universities have world-class equipment and facilities.

FirstIgnite runs targeted outbound marketing campaigns, leveraging emails, LinkedIn, and phone, in order to book appointments with companies interested in partnering with your university.

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Maximize facility use

Core facilities are one of the biggest revenue opportunities for a campus

We help you get your facility in front of companies interested in partnering and leveraging your facility and expertise.

Let us handle the hard part

Our marketing campaigns are world class.

After getting you set up on our system, our active marketing campaigns use custom scheduling links for each one of your technologies, that maximize the number of meetings booked for a technology.

  • Partnership Conversations / Innovation Listing
  • Partnership Conversations / Month
    > 250
  • Companies Reviewing Innovation / Month
    > 2500

FirstIgnite customers with actively marketed innovation listings are meeting with an average of 5 companies. Currently, 2,500 companies are reviewing innovation listings and scheduling 250+ partnership meetings with universities each month.

Success Stories


CollaborateConnecting Industry & Academia

Collaborate: Vortex Generation and Flow Deflection Devices for Outdoor Solar Panel Convective Cooling

November 17, 2023
FirstIgnite is supporting the commercialization of ​​Portland State University’s vortex generation and flow deflection devices…
CollaborateConnecting Industry & Academia

Collaborate: Ceramic Wickless Vapor Chambers for Thermal Management

November 3, 2023
FirstIgnite is supporting the commercialization of the ​​University of Illinois at Chicago’s ceramic wickless vapor…
CollaborateConnecting Industry & Academia

Collaborate: Portable Osteometric Device

October 27, 2023
FirstIgnite is supporting the commercialization of Mississippi State University’s Portable Osteometric Device technology, which is…

What Our Customers Say

Over half of the companies we met with are now seeking a seed grant to co-develop with Northwestern. We should have done this a long time ago.

Dr. Gajendra S. ShekhawatSPID Facility Manager, Northwestern University