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The Texas Collegiate Regional Center seeks managers two related projects, CUE and Quoz Capital Partners.
The Center for University Entrepreneurship (“CUE”) is a commercial building, up to 150,000 square feet and constructed in two phases, located on the University of Houston’s Energy Research Park. The facility will house office space for companies that would benefit from access to the University’s technologies and facilities as well as space for the University of Houston.
Quoz Capital Partners (“Quoz”) will invest in startups focused on healthcare, IT, and energy located in the region. In partnership with UH Division of Research, Quoz will commit to providing funds to commercialize promising technologies developed by UH researchers. This partnership will help UH accelerate its robust efforts to commercialize technology and invest in Houston’s strengths in healthcare, software, and energy. The structure will provide investors with an attractive pipeline for compelling technology. Quoz will partner with UH’s current funding vehicle.

Building

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The Center for University Entrepreneurship (CUE), is located on the University of Houston Energy Research Park (“UH ERP”). UH ERP is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the United States of America. The Brookings institute ranked Houston as North America’s fastest growing metropolitan area in 2011 when comparing gross domestic product, employment, income and population rate. Houston’s population growth from 2000-2010 represents more people than the population growth in the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas combined.
Houston is home to more Fortune 500 companies than every other city in the United States except New York. The city is considered the country’s Energy Capital, with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that almost 30% of the country’s energy-related jobs are located in Houston.
The Port of Houston is also the country’s largest exporter by tonnage. The Texas Medical Center, located inside Houston, is home to the world’s largest concentration of medical professionals and experts. The city is also home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
The city has a population from many ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston’s Theater District sees over 2 million visitors annually.
You can find additional information about Houston’s demographics here. For information about visiting Houston, click here.

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Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the City of Houston. Each year, UH educates more than 40,000 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually, with more than 224,000 alumni.

Fast Facts

  • Ranked among Best colleges in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2013, 2014)
  • Ranked #4 in the nation in “12 Top Colleges Where Students Get the Best Bang for Their Buck,” meeting performance-based standards in line with those suggested by President Barack Obama (PolicyMic, 2013)
  • Ranked #7 out of 49 top colleges in Texas for return on investment (AffordableCollegesOnline.org, 2013)
  • Ranked among the Top 25 campuses in the U.S. with the most international students (Open Doors 2012, Institute for International Education)
  • Named one of the nation’s best colleges in “The Best 377 Colleges,” 2013 and “The Best 378 Colleges,” 2014 (The Princeton Review)
  • Ranked among 150 institutions nationwide on the list of “Princeton Review Best Value Colleges” One of only three universities in Texas included (The Princeton Review, 2012, 2013)
  • Only one of three Tier One public research institutions in the nation designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, and also designated as an Asian-American Serving Institution (U. S. Department of Education, 2012)
  • Ranked among 100 “Great Colleges to Work For” nationwide (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011 & 2012)
  • Only one of ten universities in the nation on the U.S. News Short List for enrolling the most transfer students (U.S. News and World Report, 2012)
  • Earns Tier One research university distinction (Research-Very High) from the Carnegie Foundation — one of only three Carnegie-designated Tier One public research universities in Texas (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011)
  • Ranked 7th in the nation for graduating students with least amount of debt (U.S. News & World Report, College Rankings, 2013)
  • No. 2 most racially/ethnically diverse university in the nation(U.S.News & World Report, 2010)
  • Membership in the Texas Medical Center
  • One of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges (The Princeton Review, 2010, 2011)

Economic Impact

  • The UH System attracts $1.1 billion in new funds from external sources to the Houston area annually.
  • 14% of Houstonians holding bachelor degrees, received them from UH.
  • Every dollar invested in the state’s higher education system returns more than $5 for the Texas economy.

Technology Fund

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The TCRC will operate a venture capital fund called Quoz Capital Partners.  Quoz Capital Partners is managed by the principals of TCRC.  Quoz will invest in entrepreneurs and companies.  Some of those companies will commercialize technologies owned by the University of Houston.  Quoz will have standardized the process and terms of all licenses between Quoz sponsored entities and the University of Houston where those entities are commercializing University of Houston-owned intellectual property.

EB-5

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The Texas Collegiate Regional Center seeks to become a “Regional Center” under the The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) EB-5 program.  The USCIS administers the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5.” The program was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Under a series of re-authorized programs certain EB-5 visas also are set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.

All EB-5 investors must invest in a new commercial enterprise.  The commercial enterprise must create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two-year period) of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident.  Required minimum investments for the EB-5 program are $1 million or $500,000.  The later lower minimum qualifying investment is available for Targeted Employment Area (High Unemployment or Rural Area).  The Texas Collegiate Regional Center has obtained designation as a Targeted Employment Area; therefore, it is expected that the minimum qualifying investment will be $500,000.

USCIS may grant approval for a regional center.  Such grant means USCIS recognizes the economic entity as a designated participant in the EB-5 pilot program for regional centers. When the USCIS approves a regional center, it acknowledge that the econometric models and business plans appear to be feasible and that jobs should be directly or indirectly created through investment in the approved industry categories.

News

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“[The Texas Collegiate Regional Center], which also will seek money from other investors, will put another $3 million to $10 million into UH-created technologies. The investors will help UH select inventions that are easily marketable; UH’s research park, in turn, will provide space for outside startups also funded by the group. The goal is to create a Gulf Coast version of Silicon Valley, which feeds heavily off Stanford University in Palo Alto, California”

“Partnership aims to turn UH research park into next Silicon Valley”
Benjamin Wermund, May 15, 2014, The Houston Chronicle
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“This partnership is going to help us to take our technology to marketplace and will help TCRC to fulfill their dream,” Bose says. “They’re looking for innovative products, and we are making those innovative products from the university.”

University of Houston Unveils Tech Incubator To Launch Faculty Startups
Andrew Schneider, May 16, 2014, Houston Public Media
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“A new technology incubator in Houston could initially be worth up to $25 million in investment in labs and funding, but the really interesting development could be the pipeline it hopes to open with Chinese investors.”

UH incubator hopes to be pipeline for Chinese investors into Houston
Mark Yost, May 15, 2014, Houston Business Journal
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“The agreement creates the Texas Collegiate Regional Center, or TCRC, which will act as a holding company that will manage a venture fund that will invest at least $3 million in technologies developed by Houston faculty as well as build a new Center for University Entrepreneurship.”

U of H’s Quoz Capital Will Channel Foreign Investment into Startups
Angela Shah, May 15, 2014, www.xconomy.com
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Vice chancellor and vice president for research and technology transfer Rathindra Bose says that the deal is beneficial to the University as well as the city. ‘It’s not just the technologies, it’s the whole ecosystem. The city is going to benefit because this is going to be about new technologies. Some of them are going to employ hundreds or thousands of people in the years to come,/ Bose said.”

Investment deal builds new building, faculty start ups at Energy Research Park
Nam-My Le, May 16, 2014, The Daily Cougar
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