We expect nothing less than revolutionary thinking from USC scientists, researchers, scholars and professionals seeking to solve today’s problems — many of which are elaborate and unprecedented. By fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, convergent research and out-of-the-box approaches, USC translates some of the newest ideas into societal solutions, worldwide.
Powering Startup Culture
USC is principal research university for I-Corps Hub West, one of five National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Hubs across the U.S. that develop collaborative, regional ecosystems to support deep technology startups.
USC Innovation Hot Spots
Some places where unconventional solutions are being launched across campus.
Located in the heart of L.A.’s Silicon Beach, USC’s incubator for early-stage tech startups focuses on deep technology, machine learning and AI-enabled companies. Teams retain the rights to any intellectual property they develop and receive support from both the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the National Science Foundation to identify commercial opportunities in today’s marketplace.
Innovation begins with mindset. With more than 50 courses available to USC students of all disciplines, the Greif Center incorporates key skills into the Trojan educational experience: adaptable and flexible thinking, assessing and managing risk in uncertain environments, pursuing innovation and new endeavors, and more.
A space for thinking and doing, the Annenberg Innovation Lab applies research and nuanced approaches to issues such as climate, mis/disinformation, census participation, the livability of cities and more. Collaborating with artists, scientists, humanists and industry professionals, the lab identifies new ways of solving issues at the intersection of media, technology, culture and society.
USC Stevens Center for Innovation
Bridging the gap between lab and marketplace, the Stevens Center licenses USC discoveries to existing businesses or startup companies that improve human lives, solve problems and fuel economic growth. By promoting entrepreneurship and stimulating innovation, the center helps to create better futures that can be accessed by more and more people.
Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering
Accelerating the commercialization of biomedical technology invented at USC, the Mann Institute brings together engineers, scientists, senior patent advisers, regulatory experts and business development professionals to bring to market products that improve and save lives.