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Emerging Business Innovation Contest

The University of Texas at El Paso, The Mike Loya Center For Innovation & Commerce and The Intelligent Office is hosting a contest for Emerging Businesses. Write a short executive overview of your current business for a chance to win six months of free office space or an iPad.

  • Participants must be a current faculty, staff or a student at UTEP.
  • They must currently have an active role within an established business.
  • Must answer the application topics to the fullest extent possible.
  • The award cannot be gifted to someone else or another business.



''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. ''


The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce sponsors, conducts and promotes three main objectives:
• Research in Innovation and Commerce.
• Cross-education curriculum development.
• Outreach to the regional business and entrepreneurship community.



NSF Grant

The University of Texas at El Paso has been designated as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) site, and has been awarded a three-year, $255,000 grant by the agency to bridge the colleges of Business Administration and Engineering in fostering and accelerating transition of customer-driven research into the commercial world.

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I-CORPS Program

The NSF I-CORPS Program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond university laboratories and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of basic research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

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The College of Business Administration and The College of Engineering through the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce had their first International Research Symposium in 2017. The theme for the symposium was innovation and we had peers in Engineering and Business present their work in their respective disciplines. Additionally, we had featured presentations from visiting professors from top international universities in China and Mexico.

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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.

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The purpose of the Mike Loya Graduate Research Fellows Program (MLGRFP) is to benefit graduate students in the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering by allowing them to form a close-knit academic group. 
  • Open to any majors from The College of Business Administration and The College of Engineering.
  • The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce provides a stipend of $15,000 to the student during a fellowship year.
  • The program will provide fellowships to students to further applied research in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation in the cross-disciplinary environment of engineering, business, and technology commercialization.





The College of Business Administration

COBA is dedicated to spurring entrepreneurship through the Mike Loya Center for Innovation & Commerce which links the Business and Engineering disciplines. The Loya Center provides faculty from both colleges with research funding and supports students in the creation of new businesses

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The College of Engineering

The MLCIC’s core objective is to bring faculty and students from business and engineering together in a learning and research environment in order to discover, develop, and deploy innovations to the world of commerce.

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The Office of Technology Commercialization

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is responsible for the efficient transfer of university discoveries to the marketplace for the benefit of society. Their mission is to help turn scientific discovery into tangibles by evaluating disclosures for its patentability and potential commercial possibilities.

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