Uncovering best practices for commercialization
in regional and international contexts.

Conceived from the beginning as a “think and do tank,” the IC² Institute combines its dedication to original research with its commitment to education and service.


IC² Institute publications include over 150 books, 135 book chapters and journal articles, 80 technical reports, and 240 working papers covering a wide range of topics, including new technology capture, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, commercialization ecosystems, economic development, and more. Explore our catalog.

Bureau of Business Research

The mission of the Bureau of Business Research is to provide businesspeople and policymakers in Texas and throughout the world with applied economic research and data to strengthen local business environments. Since its founding in 1926, the BBR has developed a reputation for nonpartisan analysis of economic trends through publications, independent reports, and sponsored research. Recent BBR research includes:

Fellows and Scholars

The IC² Institute’s internal research activities are augmented by University of Texas at Austin faculty, a network of nearly 200 IC² Institute Fellows throughout the world, and a rotating cast of Visiting Scholars who come to Austin to research and write in residence.


Since 1997, the International Conferences on Technology Policy and Innovation has brought together leading representatives of academic, business, and government sectors worldwide to present and discuss issues of critical importance for using science and technology to foster regional economic development and shared prosperity.

Research on Austin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

This study of the development of the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will develop a database of longitudinal data on technology-intensive entrepreneurial ventures in Austin. It will propose an alternative model based on the location of large firm branch plants that evolved over time into an entrepreneurial economy, highlighting the role of individuals who acted as influencers and the enduring institutions they built.