The IC² Institute

Rethinking entrepreneurship

  • Student Challenge

    Form your team, select a community, and submit your application to compete for cash prizes and glory!

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  • Home to Texas

    The new Home to Texas program will provide undergraduates with paid internships at companies in rural and remote regions.

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  • Welcome from the Director

    IC² is returning to its roots as a source of new research and programs addressing key unstructured problems.

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  • Town and Country

    Read the new Texas Connect article on the IC² Institute’s focus on economic growth in small towns and rural areas across Texas.

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Rural Entrepreneurship

IC² is breaking new ground in understanding the challenges of rural and remote communities.

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Home to Texas

The Home to Texas program provides undergraduates with paid internships in Texas communities outside of our urban corridors.

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Faculty Grants

IC² is supporting research by UT Austin faculty on innovation in rural and small city environments.

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The IC² Institute researches economic development outside of urban corridors and develops evidence-based programs to help communities thrive.


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Collaboration in Rural Communities

When we talk about collaboration, it applies both within and across towns.

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Lineage–the Yangs

The qualitative fieldwork and documentary focus on two villages in rural China from the early Tang Dynasty.

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Rural Innovation Incubator (RI²)

Oil and gas is booming in West TX but the industry struggles to have a permanent workforce.

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Community identity research in Cuenca, Ecuador

In 4 days the team conducted 30+ interviews, presented findings, taught a class, and hosted a workshop where citizens envisioned the future. Read More

IC² at Boise Startup Week

Boise has made notable progress as an innovation community. It is full of people with “can do” attitudes who are committed to the region. Read More

Changing the world starts at home!

On July 29, IC² leadership traveled to McAllen, Texas, for an event with participants in a new UT Austin summer internship program. Read More

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