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Innovation & Economic Development


The mission of the Innovation & Economic Development department is to help maximize KAUST’s contribution to the economic diversification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its transformation to a knowledge-based economy.

Industry Collaboration

KAUST was founded with industry collaboration in mind. We work with companies, private sector entities, nonprofits and government organizations to transfer knowledge and technologies created at the University and achieve public benefit and economic development. 

Your organization can:

  • Join our industry collaboration program 
  • Conduct R&D at KAUST 
  • Hire world-class talent
  • Attend corporate innovation training 
  • Locate at the KAUST Research & Technology Park 
  • License KAUST technologies
  • Invest in KAUST startups

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Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is the process of bringing research outputs from the laboratory to the marketplace. We encourage innovators in the KAUST community to protect and commercialize their innovations, and work with them to advance their work into commercial products or services.

KAUST’s technologies are available for joint development, patent licensing or other mutually beneficial relationships.

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Entrepreneurship

​KAUST strives to build a strong culture of entrepreneurship and to create new knowledge-based businesses in the Kingdom. We run ongoing startup accelerators and offer various entrepreneurship teaching and learning opportunities to students, faculty, staff, as well as external visitors and industry partners.

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Startup Funding

The KAUST Innovation Fund aims to grow an innovation and technology investment community and to attract international investors and VCs to the emerging Saudi technology ecosystem. 

KAUST makes venture capital investments in high-tech startups from seed (less than $200,000) to early-stage (up to $2 million) and becomes a long-term strategic partner of these ventures.

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Research and Technology Park

​KAUST’s Research & Technology Park provides an environment for technology-based businesses to access KAUST’s laboratories, faculty and student talent and network of public spaces and facilities designed for creative collision and knowledge-sharing.

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