Austin's Innovation District Receives Emerging Innovation District Award From AURP

On Wednesday, November 7th, Austin’s Innovation District was recognized at the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) 2019 International Conference at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Capital City Innovation Executive Director, Chris Laing accepted the Emerging Innovation District Award from AURP.

AURP is the global professional organization for academic-anchored research parks and innovation districts. At their 2019 International Conference, AURP brought together more than 260 delegates of innovation hubs across the world that are leading a new technology-driven economy. 

The Emerging Innovation District Award by AURP highlights excellence and recognizes the work of Capital City Innovation’s stakeholders who are seeding the health and life science ecosystem and Austin’s Innovation District. 

Innovation District stakeholders include: 

  • Ascension Seton

  • Central Health

  • Downtown Austin Alliance

  • Opportunity Austin

  • The University of Texas at Austin

It also recognizes the contribution of Capital City Innovation’s Affinity Network, which are actively building and supporting the community of growing health and life science companies across Central Texas. 

These partners include: 

  • Austin Community College Bioscience Incubator

  • Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)

  • Texas Health CoLab at Dell Medical School

  • Drug Dynamics Institute

  • MedtoMarket 

  • STAR Park at Texas State University

  • Temple Health and Bioscience District

This award from AURP acknowledges the start of something exciting happening in Austin. The Innovation District will help to catalyze invention and collaboration in health and life science across Central Texas and beyond with the mission of creating new models of health and economic growth for all.

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The site for the flagship building of Austin’s Innovation District is being prepared on the 14-acres of Central Health’s Downtown Property, the location of the former Brackenridge Campus. The 17 story building will house research and innovation from Dell Med, startup companies, and global corporations and is expected to open in early 2022. 

The flagship Innovation District building will be located directly across from Waterloo Park which is set to open next Fall as the largest downtown park on Waller Creek and just across the street from the Dell Medical School. 

The Innovation District is seeking well-aligned future tenants of Austin’s Innovation District for its flagship building or adjacent build to suit opportunities. For more information visit or send an email to [email protected]


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Victoria O'Dell, Program and Communications Manager, Capital City Innovation
As program and communications manager of Capital City Innovation, Victoria facilitates channels for collaborative work around Austin's emerging Innovation district in downtown Austin and beyond. Previously, she was a freelance designer working with non-profits, small businesses, and startups across Austin.

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