Innovation - cultivating discovery, creativity, originality, inventiveness, and talent - is a core value of VCU. As a premier urban, public research university, VCU serves the local, regional, and global community by translating innovation created at VCU to the marketplace for the benefit of all. Commercialization is frequently the most efficient path to market and the path that contributes to regional economic development. Recognizing this need, VCU has two units that support commercialization of inventions and entrepreneurship education for faculty and staff. Innovation Gateway is a full-service technology transfer office responsible for protecting, managing, licensing, and commercializing VCU inventions, and for education about intellectual property protection and commercialization. VCU Ventures provides entrepreneurship education and support to faculty and staff who want to launch a start-up.