The McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has two pillars to its mandate: research and engagement.


The center enables, analyzes and produces academic research on the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in the U.S. economy. It then translates this research into timely policy assessments and recommendations, and engages with public and private sector decision-makers to enable growth and prosperity.

The McNair Center was founded with a generous gift from The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation in May 2015 and began operation in August 2015. It works closely with the other Baker Institute centers and programs, as well as with the Jones Graduate School of Business, the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Economics at Rice University. The center currently has ongoing collaborations with researchers from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, among other institutions.


The center’s research is data-driven, nonpartisan and policy relevant. The center’s director and scholars investigate issues in topic areas including entrepreneurship ecosystems, small business regulation, barriers to innovation and access to capital for entrepreneurs. Our research results in academic papers that are submitted to peer-reviewed journals, as well as issue briefs, policy reports and white papers. 

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