The CDCM Industry-University Nexus will pair Center graduate students and postdocs with an industry or other professional mentor. The goal of this relationship is to expose Center participants to the importance of fundamental research as it relates to economic and societal development. CDCM’s professional development activities, such as participation in I-Corps through the Entrepreneurial Greenhouse, will be designed to enable student-mentor pairs to build lasting relationships. A one-day Industry-University Nexus Workshop will be held annually in which CDCM students present their research to the team of industry mentors, and the relationship between companies and universities is explored. Potential topics include intellectual property and licensing, the role of faculty and students in university spin-outs, the role of industry affiliates programs, and international partnerships. Workplace inclusion and equity will be key topics in the program. Metrics will include numbers of participating students/fellows and mentors including women and URM’s, and numbers of spin-outs, patents, and licensing agreements.