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New UT Arlington entrepreneurial meeting place hopes to forward research ideas toward commercialization

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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The University of Texas at Arlington has launched the new StartUp Lounge, a meeting place where ideas may begin the journey toward becoming inventions, products or processes.

Joe Barrera

Joe Barrera, director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

The StartUp Lounge is collaborative effort among the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Science and TechFW through TechFW@UTA.

Its official grand opening is at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Campus Center, the one-story building between the Nanotech and Architecture buildings.

Joe Barrera, director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, said the open access meeting space serves as a location where researchers can meet in the middle of the campus setting.

“If you have one person from the UT Arlington Research Institute, someone from the Office of Research Administration and three or four people on campus, the StartUp Lounge offers those people a centralized location where they can share or advance ideas,” Barrera said. “This could include anything from vetting and refining ideas to forming management teams to take technologies to market.”

Barrera said he doesn’t want the StartUp lounge to be an incubator, though. He said the lounge’s aim is to help entrepreneurs and inventors before they reach the incubator stage.

“We want it to be a place where ideas can collide,” Barrera said. “Maybe that collision leads to a partnership. Or maybe it leads to a collaboration in the laboratory.”

Barrera said TechFW will host seminars at the StartUp Lounge for budding entrepreneurs.

The University and TechFW, a Fort Worth-based technology startup initiative, agreed to a multi-year partnership to commercialize University research and move innovation to the marketplace in 2013.

TechFW@UTA offers training and educational programs to UT Arlington faculty, staff and students. UT Arlington faculty members and research teams gained access to the North Texas entrepreneurial community through the TechFW network.

Barrera said he wants the StartUp Lounge to be a community access point as well.

“We’d love it if local business people and entrepreneurs used the new facility as their meeting place if they wanted to pick some of the great minds we have on this campus,” Barrera said.

Interested parties should contact Barrera at 817-272-2156 or

About Shimadzu Institute of Research Technologies at UT Arlington

The Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies at UTA is a centralized research resource focused on providing access to instrumentation and expertise to support research in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, cognition, engineering, geoscience, material science, nanotechnology and neuroscience.

Shimadzu is a 133-year-old Japanese company focused on manufacturing analytical instrumentation, i.e. precision instruments, measuring instruments and medical equipment. It operates in the United States as Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 49,000 students around the world and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at


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