Facilitating the emergence of an exciting new Innovation District in downtown Austin.


Austin’s Innovation District

Austin’s Innovation District Is Emerging

It's a one-of-a-kind downtown neighborhood - the current and future home to innovators who are working out new ways to create healthier communities. The Innovation District is anchored by the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas and its associated Dell Seton Medical Center, by Central Health’s Brackenridge campus redevelopment, by the Waller Creek chain of parks, and by the Texas State Capitol Complex.


The Innovation District Connects Communities, Businesses, And Health Care Providers And Systems.

It taps into the region’s network of innovators, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and non-profits for the benefit of the community.


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Health Innovation is at the Heart of Austin

Austin’s prominence as a center for new approaches to healthy communities is on the rise

This is thanks in part to the new Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Created in 2012 with the support of Travis County voters, Dell Medical is the first new medical school at a tier 1 university in nearly 50 years. And the health industry is taking notice.


More than 230+ companies employ more than 13,500 people in the region and more than a dozen innovation hubs within the Innovation District and across Central Texas provide resources to startup companies of all types.

Many large companies call Austin home, including: Dell, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, Whole Foods. They benefit from access to top talent, a business-friendly environment, and a convenient location in one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S.

In 2017 Merck announced it will establish a significant global hub in Austin.


A Vision for Collaboration

Access, Inclusion, And Collaboration Are Keywords For The Innovation District

The Innovation District’s anchors at Ascension Seton Healthcare, Central Health, and Dell Medical champion new approaches to community access, integrated health, and value-based care.

We know that innovators and their collaborators come in all shapes and sizes.


Through the Innovation District you can connect and partner with organizations to create, refine, and validate disruptive ideas for promoting health, preventing disease, and delivering healthcare. And then scale your ideas from right here. Austin’s health systems have national footprints and international conference platforms. No other major metro in the U.S. has a new, ground-up approach to innovation and scaling health innovations.

Whether you are a startup company, an established corporation, a university researcher or a garage inventor, an artist, student or small business owner, if you have an interest in new ideas for creating and maintaining healthy communities, you have a place here!



Austin is the heart of Texas

It is the nation’s 11th largest city and one of the fastest-growing. With more than 50,000 students, UT Austin is the flagship of The University of Texas System. Austin also features a world-famous music and arts scene, major international festivals including South by Southwest and Austin City Limits, and an extensive network of parks, trails, and green spaces.

Home to a diverse mix of college students, musicians, entrepreneurs, high-tech workers, and a vibrant LGBTQ community, U.S. News & World Report named Austin “The Best U.S. Place to Live” in 2017.


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