The Innovation Center Program serves innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups from the ideation stage of development through business launch and growth. The program focus is on developing entrepreneurial skills and company systems and culture that allow you to accelerate the success of your startup.

The Innovation Center Program consists of structured entrepreneurship training, supplemented by individual office hours, expert panels, a distinguished speaker series, networking opportunities, mentors, a professional resource network, and connections to capital. With a curriculum centered around lean startup and the business model canvas, participants can build a solid foundation of best practices for how to build and scale a business or idea.

In addition to training and support, MCA Innovation Center Companies will be provided with access to the Cardwell Collaborative facilities and workspaces as needed for their startup development, as well as special event programming throughout the year.

If you have an existing company or an idea for a company, and you are looking to further develop your technology or business, submit your inquiry below. Interested applicants can apply as individuals or as teams.

Once we receive your Inquiry Form we will reach out to you to further discuss the program and schedule a tour.


To be eligible to participate in MCA Innovation Center programs, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies with a technology focus are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to companies that focus on healthcare and life sciences, or that have technology applications that can impact the life sciences industry. Preference will also be given to companies utilizing technologies that come from regional (El Paso, Texas; Northern Chihuahua, Mexico; southern New Mexico) universities or spinning out of regional companies.
  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Exclusions from eligibility from participation in the MCA Innovation Center include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Company or proposed company activities cannot include any of the following:
  • the operation of any private or commercial:
    • golf course
    • country club
    • massage parlor
    • hot tub facility
    • suntan facility
    • racetrack or other facility used for gambling
  • the sale of alcoholic beverages
  • farming
  • the sale or rental of residential real property
  • retail businesses with brick and mortar storefronts
  • investment in the securities of other entities
  • gaming and gambling businesses
  • entertainment-related establishments
  • single-purpose productions (e.g. movies, albums, concerts) Individuals involved, company or proposed company activities cannot be excluded from participating in federal government programs.
  • Employees of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation or its affiliates and immediate family of employees are not eligible to apply.

All applicants accepted into MCA Innovation Center programs are REQUIRED to do the following:

  • Innovation Center Program participants are required to attend boot camp sessions and monthly office hours with MCA Innovation Center staff to discuss progress to date and evaluate next steps.
  • Develop a progress plan with MCA Innovation Center staff with agreed upon activities and milestones.
  • We require semiannual updates to MCA regarding employment, financial activity, and fundraising during the award period and for a period of 5 years following the acceptance. MCA will not disclose any information not made public by your company but may disclose data regarding job creation and capital investment aggregated across Cardwell Collaborative companies.
  • Abide by all Cardwell Collaborative building and facilities rules at all times.

MCA reserves the right to remove individuals and/or companies from any of its programs for misconduct or any other reasons the staff or board find necessary.

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