Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CGIE is a non-profit, self-sustaining center founded by the University of Texas at Austin and located in Nuevo León, Mexico. It is a portal for the free flow of students, teachers, businesses, and knowledge between Texas and Mexico.

Knowledge Transfer and Training

CGIE hosts the Maestría en Ciencias en Comercialización de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (MCCT), an intensive one-year program meeting four consecutive days per month. Over 200 students have graduated from the program since 2009, prepared for careers in commercializing technologies and creating wealth in Mexico.

Of the 29 projects that students generated in the first four years of the MCCT program, 14 continue to be active, from thriving startups to technology licensing and multinational company product and process development.

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CGIE designs specific workshops and certificate programs around its core knowledge in wealth creation through technology transfer and entrepreneurship.

Technology Transfer and Incubation

CGIE collaborates with the State of Nuevo León in supporting the Biotech and Nanotech incubators in Monterrey and is participating in the creation of a bi-national innovation node with CONACYT research centers.


CGIE is located in the Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (PIIT), a 70 hectare (170 acre) technology park adjacent to the Monterrey International Airport with 30 private, university and government research centers. CGIE’s permanent facility of 11,000 square feet/1100 m² contains classrooms and office space for seminars, researchers and business incubation.

CGIE is the first permanent international facility of its type established by the IC² Institute and the University of Texas at Austin. It serves as a model for extension to other countries and regions.