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Research & Academia

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Fostering Curiosity & Learning in Partnership

When starting out as a business, there is a lot of necessary information and sometimes in-depth research to achieve your short-term and long-term goals. All business owners should use data to inform their decisions, and what better way to discover and harness this information than collaboration with a top university? Perhaps one of the most opportune services at KU Innovation Park is our direct connection with the University of Kansas (KU) and the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). We connect resident companies with the right university resources, tools, and people so you can better inform and grow your business.

The outside of the KU Memorial Stadium near the startup incubator in Lawrence.


It’s not always easy to navigate the vast university resources. We offer multiple avenues to connect you with interested academics and can collaborate with you to solve your specific business needs. This university connection also doubles as a place to source talent.

Our KUMC business & community connections are here to help you develop and execute a plan for your long-term growth. Though KU Innovation Park is not a university entity, we leverage our close physical proximity to the KU Campus and relationship with the university to amplify their strengths and resources as the region’s most significant economic asset.

Facilitating Collaboration With the University

One of the Park’s distinctive functions, and the primary value to its private-sector customers, is its ability to facilitate private-industry engagement and collaboration with the University.

KU Center for Research (KUCR)

The Park and KUCR work closely to support KU spinout companies, assist with SBIR/STTR applications, and guide researchers, startups, and industry partners to appropriate KU, Park, and regional resources.

KU Center for Technology Commercialization

The KUCTC is the central home for KU technology which is responsible for licensing university-owned intellectual property.

KU Core Labs

KU Innovation Park tenants have access to KU’s array of core labs at a negotiated service rate. Usage of the Core labs can help to defray costs, extend capabilities, and allow access to expert scientific advice and service.

KU Medical Center (KUMC)

The Park operates KUMC’s bioscience incubator in Kansas City, KS. The Medical Center comprises the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Health Professions located on the same campus as the The University of Kansas Hospital. KUMC is one of 62 institutions in the Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium which is working to improve the translational research process and accelerate getting treatments to patients.

KU Endowment Association

KU Endowment is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as the official fundraising foundation of the University of Kansas. The Park is primarily located on Endowment-owned land on KU’s West campus. KUEA is currently working on a large scale “Innovation District” development of West Campus of which the Park will be a core component.

KU Small Business Development Center

The KU Small Business Development Center assists with the growth of Kansas small businesses, providing free and confidential one-to-one advising services. The center works both with startup companies, existing small businesses, and those who wish to sell or purchase a small business. The objective of the counseling is to promote a healthy small business community and to foster economic development.

The Catalyst

The Catalyst is a partnership between the KU School of Business and KU Innovation Park managed by the Center for Entrepreneurship. This program provides an opportunity for entrepreneurially-minded KU students to create and build their own companies. If accepted into the program, students have access to the resources including: mentoring, education, research, prototyping, legal resources, and capital connections.

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