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Krystal Calderon, 

Entrepreneurship Resources

 Studio G

Studio G mission is to help students start and grow businesses.

Join our network of entrepreneurs and take advantage of professional advising, curricula, business relationships, and access to funding opportunities.


Ecosystem Map is made of multiple types of organizations, services, and events that can give support for a specific area of interest within a close environment. The purpose of the MLCIC Borderplex Innovation Ecosystem Map is to help students, faculty and citizens of El Paso to find an organization of interest that can allow them to learn how to start and grow their own Business. It is composed of 6 different areas involving:

  • Ideation: Collaborate with others to share, learn, build, and innovate.
  • Research & Development: Increase your Education.
  • Go-To-Market: Get support from Business Organizations.
  • Showcasing: Search for Pitch Events & Funding for your Business.
  • Validation: Grow your Business with Accelerators and Incubators.
  • Proof of Concept: Learn how to start your Business with Startup Events & Training Programs.

The document contains description, website link, and contacts information for all the centers and offices.

Ecosystem Map


''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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Graduate Research Fellowship

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.





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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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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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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