CGIES’s three objectives are:
- Transfer of knowledge, methodology and practice of technology-based entrepreneurship and support for the creation of technology based businesses.
- Linking higher education institutions of Nuevo León with the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of science and technology.
- To create and sustain global links to share best practices in countries where the IC² Institute has established programs for technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
Since 2008 the CGIE has coordinated a joint Master’s degree in technology commercialization from the IC² Institute and the Centre for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV), one of the CONACYT research centers.
Over 100 students have graduated in the Masters program.
Students come from academia, research and business and focus on learning and practicing the methodology of the IC² Institute of technology transfer through entrepreneurship.
During the one-year program students work in teams to take technology generated in public laboratories and the academic and private sectors of Mexico to develop proposals for technology-based businesses.
The center will also organize business plan competitions in conjunction with other local institutions, to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in the community and will be linked to support incubation, acceleration and financing of Mexican and international institutions.
The CGIE also participates in programs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship as an advisor to the Nuevo León Fund for Innovation (FONLIN) in which, using the IC² Institute’s methodology for evaluating technology projects and business proposals, seed funding is given for projects of Nuevo León. Some of the entrepreneurs who are funded through FONLIN also receive scholarships for the Master’s program.
Linking Higher Education Institutions
One of the main functions of CGIE is linking academic institutions in Nuevo León with the University of Texas in Austin. To this end we support the development of institutional and personal links between researchers in institutions of higher education and research and development and the development of formal joint specialization, masters and doctorate programs.
Some of the programs that are being explored are:
- Expertise in Technology Transfer
- Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Technologies
- Doctoral Program in Materials
- Master of Technology Management
- Specialization Programs in the Management of Health Centers
- Women’s Development in the Fields of Science and Technology
These programs will be developed jointly with Nuevo León institutions such as the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), Monterrey Tech (ITESM), University of Monterrey (UdeM) and the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV).
Global Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The third objective of the Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to participate in a permanent network for the exchange of knowledge and practices in technology transfer that the IC² Institute has developed through its programs and projects in more than a dozen countries through its 30-year existence.
According to Dr. Robert Peterson, founding Fellow of the IC² Institute and Associate Vice President of Research at the University of Texas at Austin, the network of innovation and entrepreneurship will be “a catalyst for collaborative research leading to the commercialization of technology” and will also “develop joint research projects resulting in patents and technology commercialization” in an international environment.
In the development of global networks of knowledge and research, CGIE will seek the integration of Mexican researchers and practitioners of innovation and entrepreneurship into the global network that the IC² Institute has established through the years.