About us

KAUST was conceived to create an impact

KAUST advances science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research integrated with graduate education. We are a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world.

Read more about KAUST’s vision and mission here.

The mission of the Innovation & Economic Development department is to help maximize KAUST’s contribution to the economic diversification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its transformation to a knowledge-based economy.

We fulfill our mission and create public benefit by:

  • Commercializing and protecting KAUST’s intellectual property, leading to new products and companies in the Kingdom
  • Building a strong culture of entrepreneurship and creating new knowledge-based businesses
  • Attracting industry to KAUST to collaborate on research, employ KAUST graduates and participate in bringing new technology to the Kingdom
  • Creating a hub of innovation, research and technology development at our on-campus research park

We connect with industry, inventors and entrepreneurs both on and off campus. Learn more about how KAUST can help you expand, innovate, learn and collaborate.