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UTEP’s Entrepreneurship Community of Practice (ECoP) is composed of educators, practitioners, and innovators advancing entrepreneurship education, startup company formation, intellectual property management, and/or research. The ECoP works to track, unify, and promote entrepreneurship endeavors and resources on campus, such as courses, workshops, programming, and centers. The ECoP seeks to leverage the entrepreneurial capabilities in research, education, and commercialization and cross-promote resources.


The Entrepreneurship Community of Practice aspires to enrich educational experiences related to entrepreneurship and to more generally contribute to a regional culture of innovation. The ECoP will clearly articulate UTEP’s vision of entrepreneurship to connect local, national, and international industry and institutions with campus expertise. The UTEP Entrepreneurship Community of Practice aspires to: 1. Lead and Unify, Across the Community - Be the “One-Stop-Shop” for leadership, information, support, services, education and funding focused on Joint Research, Education, and Development in the arenas of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 2. Furnish End-to-End, Persistent Infrastructure - Create, operate, and evolve a support infrastructure that guides and assists research faculty and students from end-to-end in ideation, through development, to commercialization of Intellectual Property, that results in new business creation, licensing opportunities, and enhanced follow-on research/funding opportunities. 3. Develop and Recommend Facilitating Policy - Embody its best practices and developments in written policy that is embrace, espoused, articulated, funded and developed by our President, her administration, and the campus at large, and 4. Inform and Advise form a position of unique Expertise - Inform the local Administration and campus community, local and regional business community, and ultimately the national governmental/business forum on finer aspects of Entrepreneurship and Innovation that are unique to the border region encompassed and influenced by the University.


  1. Commercialization
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Innovation


  1. Biotechnology & Nanotechnology
  2. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies
  3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  4. Global Enterprise and Border Studies


Cox, Marc
Associate Professor
Science - Biological Sciences
androgen, chaperone, Community Engaged Scholarship, community engagement, Community Partnerships, endocrine disruption, estrogen, faculty governance, heat shock protein, prostate cancer, steroid hormone receptor
Featured: Awards

Engineering - Engineering Education and Leadership
Computational biomechanics, Development of Low Cost Prosthetic Devices, Engineering Education, Musculobiomechanics

Science - Biological Sciences
Central nervous system, neuroscience, Sympathetic nervous system, Sympathoimmune
Featured: Awards

Visiting Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts - Music
19th-century Music, 20th-century music, Alexander Scriabin, Early Music, entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Musical Modernism, Russian Music

Business Administration - Marketing and Management
Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hispanic Entrepreneurship, Hispanic Marketing, multicultural marketing


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Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences
External Related Effort

The CEG aspires to become a nationally and globally significant Center for the development of entrepreneurial leadership in mineral and energy exploration, as measured by student output and longer term success, educational quality, industry participation, and research and development contributions to the field.

Center for Arts Entrepreneurship
External Related Effort
Contact: Steve Wilson

Under the leadership of Steve Wilson, chair of the Department of Music, and Zuill Bailey, Grammy Award winning cellist and artistic director, the Center for Arts Entrepreneurship (CAE), has been designed to prepare music and other creative arts students for successful careers in the 21st century. Students will engage in projects and workshops geared toward resume enhancement, creating digital portfolios, audience development, and performance opportunities.

Y Combinator Startup School

Startup School is a free 10-week massively open online course (MOOC). We want to make it easier for people to start a company, regardless of who or where you are, so we're starting by sharing what we've learned, through Startup School.

Innovation Frontera

Innovation Frontera is a collaborative bi-national tri-state network to accelerate the ecosystem to foster regional innovations.

Technolgy Hub

Tech Hub is a Silicon Valley styled site spread across a 1.8 acre compound grown from the building that once housed the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It is a certified incubator by Mexico’s National Institute for the Entrepreneur (INADEM). Tech HUB is the go to place for innovation, business and entrepreneurship.

Hub of Human Innovation

The Hub is an EL Paso technology incubator that provides:
Lean Start-up + Business Model Canvas Approach
Business Model Development
Business Plan Assessment + Gap Analysis
Market Research Training + Support
The Hub of Human Innovation is the host of One Million Cups El Paso (1MC) every Wednesday at 9am.


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