The Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park is a 58 acre site that hosts STAR One,Texas State’s first building dedicated to the university’s research and commercialization efforts. Construction on STAR One started in October 2011 and was completed in October 2012. This 32,000 square foot facility serves as a technology accelerator for start-up and early-stage businesses, and will provide tenants access to secure wet labs, clean space, conference room and office space.
The incubator program at STAR One is designed to foster the development of new commercial ventures related to Texas State technologies in applied research. This building will house "spin-offs" from research conducted and intellectual property generated by university faculty, and "spin-ins" from companies outside the state that want to come in and strategically work with the university. Our motto is “education with relevance.”
The overall goal of the incubator program is to provide space and infrastructure to expedite research and commercial development of promising technologies in the context of viable, well managed, start-up companies.
By bringing together a critical mass of university and private sector specialists, the Incubator Program becomes a magnet for scientific expertise, novel problem solving, and successful commercial ventures. The incubator program is particularly interested in supporting companies that have established research relationships with Texas State, or that have an interest in, and potential for, initiating such relationships.
A business incubator is a unique and highly flexible combination of business development processes and an infrastructure of people designed to nurture new and small businesses during the difficult early stages of starting a business. In other words, the business incubator is designed to help new and small businesses thrive by giving them access to resources that can be beneficial for the up and coming company. Having help from a business incubator, like STAR Park, can help new and small businesses thrive as they aspire to become larger and more relevant in the community. It is a stepping stone for new businesses that also supplies resources and support that are needed during the early stages.
A research park is managed in a manner designed to promote innovation. A research park is a physical place, like a building, that supports and supplies resources for the purpose of creating high technological development and advancing knowledge about science, technology, etc. STAR Park is a research park that supports small businesses and their advancements in technology. It is also in collaboration with Texas State University in several different departments to help stimulate knowledge of technological advancements and to be able to reach out to the surrounding community.
These two concepts come together in harmony and especially in STAR Park's case. The business incubator, along with the research park elements, come together to promote innovation for advancing technologies while also helping thriving start-up companies. The business incubator allows STAR Park to bring in the professionals from the private sector and professionals from the university and merge the two together. This is designed to have the small businesses, that become clients, be able to have a relationship with the university, which in turn, can create mutual benefits for both parties. The research park facilities allow for growth in advancing technologies that not only give valuable resources to client firms, but also puts Texas State University at the forefront of technology research.