UT Tyler

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute

Our Purpose


The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute serves as the focal point of entrepreneurship education, research and outreach within the Soules College of Business, across the University and in the business community. Addressing all aspects of entrepreneurship, the Institute supports all disciplines at UT Tyler as well as entrepreneurs and innovators outside the university by providing the programs and business expertise necessary to bring product ideas and businesses to market and grow existing businesses.


We Are A University Center Program of the U.S. Economic Development Administration

In September 2018, the Institute was designated an Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center and thus became one of over fifty universities nationwide that is empowered with federal resources to provide technical assistance in areas of economic development need.  Our focus is on strengthening the ecosystem for entrepreneurs across the east Texas region so that business start-ups, existing businesses with growth potential and entrepreneurs with innovative concepts have an integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem needed to optimize their growth.

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