Innovation and Economic Impact

The Innovation and Economic Impact team supports research commercialization across The University of Texas at Austin with the goal of getting products and services that benefit society into the world faster and more efficiently. Our team manages UT’s intellectual property, corporate sponsored research, and support offerings for startups.

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Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)

ATI is UT’s deep-tech startup support organization, which focuses on companies in the energy, food and ag tech, healthcare, mobility, water, and circular economy sectors. Founded in 1989, ATI is the longest-active technology incubator in the United States. Its mission is to empower university and community entrepreneurs through a customized approach to commercializing their breakthrough innovations and competing in the global marketplace.

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Office of Industry Engagement (OIE)

OIE manages and negotiates all UT private industry research contracts and public/private partnerships. The team streamlines research agreement negotiations to better accommodate industry funding cycles while also assisting UT faculty in their collaborative efforts with industry partners.

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Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC)

The OTC team facilitates the transfer of university discoveries to businesses that will bring products and services to the marketplace. OTC manages all intellectual property generated by the faculty, staff, and graduate students at UT and works with inventors to shape their discoveries into technologies that address a market need. By protecting intellectual property and partnering to advance the intellectual property to the market, they play a pivotal role for commercialization of research at UT. 

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Texas Innovation Center (TxIC)

TxIC serves as UT’s hub for bringing engineering and other scientific discoveries and technologies to the market by creating a community for collaborative research and entrepreneurship. While the center’s primary focus is STEM faculty and graduate students from the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences, the Texas Innovation Center welcomes collaboration with other disciplines on campus.