Innovation Center

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Led by Professor of Innovation and Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe, the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering aims to accelerate the impact of faculty inventions by using startups as vehicles of innovation. The center organizes special startup events throughout the year, holds meetings with new and serial inventors, provides one-on-one consultation and helps build strategic connections and partnerships that can turn research projects into successful startups.

As a team of experienced entrepreneurs fully dedicated to helping researchers transform their ideas into companies and licensing opportunities, the Innovation Center has been instrumental in helping UT — along with the city of Austin — develop a dynamic, world-class innovation ecosystem.

Innovation Grants

The Innovation Center offers Innovation Grants — ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 — to help UT professor-led teams close the funding gap between research and commercialization. The center is eager to work with both innovators who are committed to commercializing their research and donors who want to support their efforts with tax-deductible gifts. Download information about the Innovation Center application process

Past Innovation Grant Recipients

Professor  Amount Innovation
Ashish Deshpande $22,000 Upper-body robotic exoskeleton for stroke victims
Chris Rylander $16,000 Laparoscope lens-cleaning technology for surgeons
Chris Rylander $29,000 Post-partum IUD
Tom Milner $48,200 Spectrally encoded polarization microscope
Adela Ben-Yakar $31,000 High-resolution, high-speed microfluidic imaging platform
Andrea Thomaz $12,000 Robot prototype for hospital logistics
Luis Sentis $40,000 Apptronik actuator technology
Rich Crawford $20,000 nVariate CAD software modeling

The stARTup Studio

The stARTup Studio, led by Bob Metcalfe, is an event held multiple times throughout the academic year that provides UT professors guidance in the "art" of technology commercialization. Professors are invited to present their discoveries, inventions and startups at small, informal gatherings including local industry experts and entrepreneurs. Sponsored by the UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization and Austin Chamber of Commerce, attendance at stARTup Studios is by invitation only.

Selig Entrepreneurship Prize

The Selig Entrepreneurship Prize competition is held in both the Fall and Spring semesters and augments the senior design project experience for engineering students by focusing on commercializing their technology. The competition and the preparation for it gives students the opportunity to take their senior project to the next level and advance their entrepreneurial experience. This competition is made possible by the Marvin and Ellie Selig Excellence Fund in Entrepreneurial Studies.

UT Innovation Network

The Innovation Center works closely with UT Austin's wide range of entrepreneurial resources and organizations, spanning many colleges, schools and units on campus. Download the UT Entrepreneurial Resources Guide

Additional Entrepreneurial Resources

Austin Technology Incubator

Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA)

Genesis Program

Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship

Innovation, Creativity, and Capital Institute (IC2 Institute)

Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency

Master of Science in Technology Commercialization

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

Office of Technology Commercialization

Texas Venture Labs