Enterprise Development Center

The Enterprise Development Center – EDC – is a high-tech and life science business development center on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is our mission to help startups and growth companies become profitable businesses and dynamic participants in the economic life of New Jersey and the nation. Through a broad range of knowledge and resources — from finding the right working space and attracting investment capital to building staff and developing effective business plans and marketing strategies — we give startups a critical edge on their path to commercialization.


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What does the EDC do?

Support Programs

More than 30 workshops and events per year led by EDC’s curated network of subject matter experts and partners.
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Space to Grow

Offices and labs with secure 24/7 access, conference rooms, on-campus parking, and shared administrative services.


An ecosystem of 90+ seed, start-up, and expansion companies developing next-generation technologies and products across multiple industry verticals.
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Getting Ready for Funding™

Leveraging academic and industry resources to support businesses as the work towards commercialization via Business Model Canvas coaching, SBIR/STTR training, financial preparation and assessment tools, pro-bono legal assistance, marketing exposure, and more.

Global Cooperation

Designated Soft Landing Zone for offshore companies looking to engage and expand their business in U.S. markets.
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University Engagement

Exclusive networking and collaboration opportunities with renowned NJIT faculty and students to bolster innovation.

Driving Deal Flow

Attracting investments to New Jersey via linkages to syndicated angel networks, VCs, and the NJIT Highlanders Angel Network.
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Our Team

Jerry Creighton, Sr., MBA
Executive Director
Direct: 973-642-7068

Jerry Creighton, Sr. is dedicated to helping early stage and expansion companies advance technology, create jobs, and stimulate economic growth. He is a co-founder of the NJIT Highlanders Angel Network, Inc. ™ (NJITHAN), a previous business owner, and a person with experience in business development, commercialization, and M&A practices.

Currently, Jerry is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) at NJIT. The EDC is New Jersey’s largest high-technology and life-science business center that averages ninety (90) portfolio companies. The EDC is a recipient of the National Business Incubation Association’s (NBIA) “Soft Landings International Incubator” designation which recognizes programs that are especially capable of helping nondomestic companies enter the domestic market in the USA.

Jerry has an extensive background in management and consulting spanning multiple facets of strategy development, operational management, marketing & sales, finance, venture transaction planning and implementation. Jerry’s background includes key management positions with major international companies such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems. He has previously held a position as an Adjunct Professor at NJIT.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree and his MBA from Widener University

Jerry Creighton, Sr., MBA
Executive Director
Direct: 973-643-7068


Yvonne Drake, MBA
Associate Director
Direct: 973-642-7078

Coming soon..

Yvonne Drakes, MBA
Associate Director
Direct: 973-643-7078