Hemispheric Innovation Hub

Research universities have the opportunity and responsibility to shape the next generation of entrepreneurs and to use groundbreaking advances to spur economic growth. Every successful innovation hub throughout the world includes a comprehensive research university at its core, attracting expertise and catalyzing discovery. Creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship are rooted in the culture of the University of Miami and the city it calls home. We must act decisively to capitalize on those strengths.

The University of Miami will pursue a new vision as a catalyst for innovation and new ventures that encourage entrepreneurship, enable collaboration, and spur product development. Working with local and international partners, the Hemispheric Innovation Hub will fuel commercialization through strategic capital investments, scaling great ideas regionally and globally, and facilitating connections throughout the Americas.

“Innovation must be at the heart of all we do, but equally important is realization. We must get our inventions and knowledge to all corners of the world.”
Claes Wahlestadt


  • Identify and evaluate existing initiatives across the University with the potential for impact
  • Strengthen a culture of innovation and develop the capacity to recognize scholarship that can contribute to solutions
  • Continue to attract talented thinkers and inventors from across the hemisphere
  • Deepen opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about and participate together in innovative work
  • Develop the tools and resources to advance great ideas and minimize barriers to nimble acceleration of promising projects
  • Develop external partnerships in South Florida and beyond to reinforce Miami’s reputation as a center for innovation and creativity and to advance economic development
The Accountable Lead overseeing this initiative is the Vice Provost, Innovation.