Jeff Cope

Director, Growth Initiatives

Jeff Cope


  • MSM, Business Management, North Carolina State University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Jeff Cope brings over 25 years of experience in innovation and new product development to the Innovation Advisors team. As a member of the Innovation Advisors leadership team, he provides management leadership to shape the growth and development of Innovation Advisors.

Currently, Cope spearheads innovation-focused activities for a variety of large corporate clients in need of building innovation capabilities, gathering technology intelligence, and developing partnerships. He also helps universities with technology transfer and economic development opportunities, and works with regions and states in the US and abroad to identify innovation assets and build targeted economic development strategies.

Cope spent a decade working in new product development in the construction equipment industry prior to joining RTI. He is a member of the Industrial Research Institute and is a frequent speaker on topics related to open innovation, technology scouting, and commercialization, participating in engagements all over the world.