The University of Houston conducts more than $150 million per year in research, growing more than 34 percent since 2011. With strengths in advanced materials, energy, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, and information technology, UH is becoming highly competitive in technology commercialization due to the institution's rapidly-growing Innovation Ecosystem.
The institution has fostered a strong entrepreneurial environment that supports new innovation and startup ventures through incubator and accelerator programs and resources. In fact, UH is the top-ranked institution in the nation for licensing revenue among public universities without a medical school, exceeding $22 million in fiscal year 2015. A portion of these royalties is being devoted to building the UH Innovation Ecosystem, such as co-working office space and wet lab incubators, to support partner and startup companies.
For the past nine years, the UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship has been ranked by the Princeton Review in the Top 3 nationally for its undergraduate entrepreneurship program, a major source of startup activity on campus. UH is also designated a National Science Foundation I-Corps site, further supporting the launch of promising startups.
More than ten new startup companies emerge from UH each year and many have developed into profitable companies. Because of this rapid development across campus and demonstrated excellence in innovation, UH is designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
UH's innovation extends beyond campus, as well, with partnerships with incubators around the Houston area. The unique combination of startup activity, technology commercialization, industrial research at our Energy Research Park and regional partnerships makes UH a strategic location for Houston-area startups to launch their companies.