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UNITE & UCF Announce a Partnership Focused on Uniting the University and Business Community


April 2023

UNITE and the University of Central Florida Announce a Partnership Focused on Uniting the University and Business Community

UNITE, a training, consulting and technology company, and the University of Central Florida (UCF) today announced they will work together to drive business engagement across the university and increase collaboration among internal teams.

Holistic corporate engagement is a high priority for many universities. At UNITE we have cracked the code on how universities activate corporate relationships,” said Christy Bertolo, Co-Founder of UNITE. “Our proprietary process and valuation tool were designed specifically to help universities work more effectively with industry, resulting in aligned internal teams going to business with a singular voice and increased engagement. We are honored to have UCF as the first Florida university to join our growing cohort.”

With this partnership, the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the UCF Foundation will deepen their commitment to optimizing corporate partnerships. UCF aspires to be a campus without boundaries and the preferred partner of choice with collaborations that accelerate economic development, enable research and creative works, attract national and international students, faculty, and staff to Florida, and integrate community, industry, government, and academia in productive ways. The team has a goal of having five Pegasus Partnerships in place by December 31, 2023.

“UCF has long been known for its collaborations with respected community and corporate partners, research leaders and other state universities — and we look forward to increasing our impact and engagement with industry through our work with UNITE, says Rodney M. Grabowski, Senior Vice President of Advancement and Partnerships and CEO of the UCF Foundation. “We are proud to be the first university in Florida to join their cohort of universities across the U.S.”

The partnership between UCF and UNITE will commence in April 2023.


About the University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a public research university invested in unleashing the potential within every individual, enriching the human experience through inclusion, discovery, and innovation, and propelling broad-based prosperity for the many communities we serve. We solve tomorrow’s greatest challenges through a commitment to academic, inclusive, and operational excellence. Leveraging innovative learning, discovery, and partnerships, we foster social mobility while developing the skilled talent needed to advance industry for our region, state and beyond.


UNITE is a consulting, training and technology firm designed to help universities work more effectively with corporate partners. UNITE delivers a proven Process to drive win-win partnerships and a Valuation Tool to place value on industry relationships and validate the efforts of university teams activating corporate engagement work. UNITE is an Ohio State University portfolio company and exclusively licenses technology (invented by the co-founders) from The Ohio State University. The UNITE cohort of partners is growing and includes colleges and universities of all sizes across the U.S.

For more information about UNITE, please visit or contact Chris Svec at or 614.205.4826

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