Texas Tech University

Innovation Hub

Innovative Startup Award


Applications close
July 29th, 2022!

Texas Tech University has partnered with Market Lubbock, Inc. to establish the Presidents' Startup Innovation Award. The objectives of the grant from Market Lubbock include 1) programs for students and entrepreneurs; 2) seed-stage funding for startups; and 3) seed grants for startups to support equipment and rental expense at the Innovation Hub at Research Park (Hub).

A committee of TTUS faculty, Hub staff, and TTUS facility staff determine the top applicant startups that exemplify innovation and commercialization. The committee will review applicant budgets and make a recommendation that may or may not be reflective of the budget submitted in the application. Final decisions for awards are made by the TTU President and TTUHSC President.

The awardees of this prestigious Presidential grant will be announced in September 2022. Here are four awards by each President in the following categories:  

1- $25,000 award
1- $15,000 award
2- $5,000 awards or 1- $10,000 award

The lease contract for these awards will begin in February and run through the calendar year.

Grant Eligibility: All TTUS students, faculty, and staff are eligible. All community members are eligible. All applicants must have formed a company to be considered for the award. If you need help on how to start a company, contact TTU SBDC or follow the steps here: How do I start a company?

Prior awardees of the PISA grant are ineligible to submit unless the application is for a different startup company.

Startup/Applicant Process:

Our application process is straightforward but thorough, as we want to ensure that we obtain all the information we need to assist you in the best way possible.  

Step One:   Fill out the Inquiry Form to create a profile in IncuTrack.  If you have done this for a previous program and have a IncuTrack login already, you can skip this step. If you have not done this yet, this is required before you can fully complete the application process. 


Step Two:  Complete the Hub Lease Application

Hub Lease Application

Step Three:  Applicant submits a 3-page business plan and budget requirements to the following link. Please clearly specify which budget category you are applying for in the header of your application.

Business Plan Rubric


Apply Here

Step Four:  Sit back and Relax. The committee will assess the applicant's space requirements and business plan. From there the committee will nominate recommendations to TTU & TTUHSC Presidents.

Fall 2021 Awardees

Texas Tech University President's Awards

EmGenisys Inc:The company was founded with a common commitment to improving the standard of livestock production. Its flagship product is a Software as a service (SaaS) solution offering a noninvasive analysis of embryo morphokinetic activity to improve pregnancy outcomes of assisted reproductive techniques in livestock.
Founder and CEO – Cara Wells, an alumna of Davis College of Agricultural
$25,000 awarded

Envirostatus LLC::: The company specializes in passive sampling technology that accurately measures freely dissolved concentrations of contaminants in aquatic media.
Founder –Texas Tech staff and faculty members Magdalena Rakowska, Balaji Anandha Rao and Danny Reible.
$15,000 awarded

Ogallala Greens:The Slaton-based leafy greens producer is building a hydroponically operated greenhouse to provide vegetable produce to the Lubbock market year-round.
CEO Founder –Cory Roof is a West Texas community member.
$10,000 awarded

AlvMat:The company is on a mission to transform material innovations from the lab to real life, ranging from large-scale architectural applications to fingertip sensations. They are currently developing a Smart Breathing Window made with electro-responsive soft material to improve indoor air quality.
Founders –Texas Tech faculty member Wei Li and graduate student Shakil Shimul.
$5,000 awarded

TTUHSC President's Awards

Buclid LLC: The medical education SaaS provider is developing a software, Meldogram, in collaboration with TTUHSC to automate the grading of written exams.
Founders –TTUHSC faculty members Dr. Sarah Kiani, Dr. Hassan Khalid and TTUHSC medical student John Ciubuc.
$25,000 awarded

SmartMate Solutions LLC:The company's mission is to develop and market health support solutions. The company has designed and developed an IV Pole (SmartMate IV) to reduce patient falls in care settings and detect falls when they happen.
Founders –Texas Tech faculty members Debajyoti Pati, James Yang, John Harry and graduate student Seyedehnastaran Hashemi.
$15,000 awarded

HiPr Innovation Inc:The company innovates devices to prevent pressure ulcers.
Founder –TTUHSC medical student Harikrishan Sachdev
$5,000 awarded


Taysha Williams
Managing Director of the Texas Tech Innovation Hub