• Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce

 
  • 500 W. University Ave.
  • Prospect Hall Building, Room 320
  • El Paso, TX 79968
 
Homeloyacenter@utep.edu
 
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Mission and Goals

The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce seeks to develop the region’s economy by promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at the confluence of business administration and engineering, through research, education, and collaboration. We bring faculty and students from business and engineering together in a learning and research environment to develop innovations to the world of commerce and to increase the probability that laboratory research translates to the marketplace.

Funders and Collaborators

The Center was founded in 2012 through generous contributions from UTEP alumnus Mike Loya. Grant funding includes support from the UT System. The MLCIC is part of a UTEP and El Paso ecosystem to support innovation and commerce. This ecosystem includes as partners and collaborators the Center for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovative Enterprises, the Hub of Human Innovation, the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, and the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship, among others.

KEYWORDS

  1. Applied Research for Commercialization
  2. Economic Development
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Entrepreneurship Education
  5. Venture Competitions

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  2. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
  3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  4. Energy & Environment
  5. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  6. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  7. National Defense & Border Security

EXPERTISE

  • Research in Entrepreneurship Education - As part of the Center’s mission to conduct research in education in innovation and commerce, the Center advances the science of education in entrepreneurship by sponsoring and assessing innovative programs in entrepreneurship education. The Center's current educational initiatives include:
    • The Paso del Norte Venture Competition
    • The Mike Loya Center Grand Challenge Workshop
    • Mike Loya Weekend Start-Up
    • Rookie Entrepreneur Program
  • Applied Research for Commercialization of Innovation - Through funds provided by the Anita Mochen Loya Funds for Innovation, the Center supports research and development projects that hold the potential for commercializing UTEP discoveries, innovations, and inventions. Past seed-funding projects include, among others, "RO concentrate minimization and sustainable utilization of by-product solids," "Forming and testing structural building materials made from agricultural waste products," and "Integrated power sources for consumer electronics technology."
    • Research in Innovation and Commerce - The Center's research in innovation and commerce seeks to add to the nation's fundamental knowledge of how innovations are generated and translated into commerce, particularly from the standpoint of universities. Examples of the Center's research include projects on paths for commercialization of university research and on improvement of communication in cross-functional teams. The Center encourages faculty across the UTEP campus to initiate their own research projects related to innovation and commerce.

    CAPABILITIES

  • Research in innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Laboratory research commercialization
  • Faculty and staff mentorship
  • Business plan development
  • Project evaluation
  • Research funding
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship education
  • KEYWORDS

    1. Applied Research for Commercialization
    2. Economic Development
    3. Entrepreneurship
    4. Entrepreneurship Education
    5. Venture Competitions

    UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

    1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
    2. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
    3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
    4. Energy & Environment
    5. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
    6. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
    7. National Defense & Border Security

    MEMBERS

    Novick, David
    Co-Director
    Professor
    Engineering - Engineering Education and Leadership

    Frankwick, Gary
    Co-Director
    Professor
    Business Administration - Marketing and Management

    KEYWORDS

    1. Applied Research for Commercialization
    2. Economic Development
    3. Entrepreneurship
    4. Entrepreneurship Education
    5. Venture Competitions

    UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

    1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
    2. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
    3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
    4. Energy & Environment
    5. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
    6. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
    7. National Defense & Border Security

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