The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce sponsors, conducts and promotes three main avenues of research: research in innovation and commerce, research for commercialization of innovation, and research in entrepreneurship education. The Center was founded in 2012 through generous contributions from UTEP alumnus Mike Loya. The Center connects the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering. The Center is part of a UTEP and El Paso ecosystem to support innovation and commerce. This ecosystem includes as partners the Center for Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovative Enterprises and the Hub of Human Innovation.

Support Activities

In support of its research mission, the Center provides support for faculty and students pursuing projects related to innovation and commerce. These support activities include:

  • Hosting an innovator in residence, who works with faculty and students working on commercialization of UTEP innovations.
  • Providing space for interaction among students and faculty interested in innovation and e-ship, with space with whiteboards for brainstorming, computer terminals, display walls for updates on projects, and notices of upcoming activities.
  • Mentoring UTEP faculty to be entrepreneurial in their approach to education and research


  • Come back soon to learn more about upcoming opportunities for you!


Do you have a great idea for a new, innovative product? Are you interested in Entrepreneurship and Commercialization? Apply for the Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship here by April 15.

Another success story for the Paso del Norte Venture Competition! Do you want to find out more about it? Learn all about ProductivityPod here.

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