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Forthcoming Innovation Hub Will Offer Hotbed of Opportunities
4/13/2018

The University of St. Thomas will support and participate in the forthcoming innovation hub in Houston’s Midtown Innovation District, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced. Beginning with the transformation of the Sears building in the Third Ward near Midtown, Downtown and the Texas Medical Center, the initial phase of the project is slated to be completed in two years.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces new innovation hub

Fostering collaboration between Rice University, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston and other institutions, the innovation hub will give students, faculty, researchers, alumni and entrepreneurs a space for research and development, career training and collaboration across disciplines, fostering the growth of early-stage startups.

The University of St. Thomas is excited to be involved in this ambitious project that will not only benefit our students, but our community and city as well. The Mayor is leading Houston into a bold new era.

Dr. Richard Ludwick, UST President

“The University of St. Thomas is excited to be involved in this ambitious project that will not only benefit our students, but our community and city as well,” UST President Richard Ludwick said. “The Mayor is leading Houston into a bold new era.”

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Magnet

“It’s a special environment where a lot of people are involved in entrepreneurial businesses near one another,” said Dr. Martin Lindenberg, Director of UST’s McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Cameron School of Business. “When innovative activities are happening in the same place with many different institutions, students, mentors, advisors and investors all gain from the experience.”

The Midtown neighborhood, directly adjacent to Downtown and Montrose, has been going through a development transformation over the past 15 years, and “critical mass is building,” Dr. Lindenberg said.

What we’re seeing is a more concerted effort to increase the cohesion and visibility of innovation in the Houston economy. 

Dr. Martin Lindenberg, Director of UST’s McNair Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 

“What we’re seeing is a more concerted effort to increase the cohesion and visibility of innovation in the Houston economy,” he said. “In large part, this is driven by the desire to attract entrepreneurial young people, especially technical transformation and digitization support for new and existing industries.”

The innovation hub will offer opportunities for students to interact with a broad group of people who are engaged in innovation, and cross-connect into partnerships, projects and internships.

Dr. Martin Lindenberg

What does this mean for current and future University of St. Thomas students? Dr. Lindenberg said, “The innovation hub will offer opportunities for students to interact with a broad group of people who are engaged in innovation, and cross-connect into partnerships, projects and internships.”

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