How we work

We are an innovation accelerator that leverages a network of hundreds of partners from university + industry (represented by the “UI” in our name), along with startups, government, and community groups, to address problems too big for any one organization to solve on its own.

Our mission is to transform industries using digital technologies. Our existing innovation platforms – the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, and City Digital – focus on manufacturing and infrastructure respectively, and we look forward to adding additional platforms to our portfolio.

We drive value for our partners and help make the U.S. economy and workforce the most productive in the world. By giving our partners access to new approaches, technologies, testbeds, and relationships, we guide them toward solutions that will drive innovation in their industries.

UI LABS takes an active role across the project and partner lifecycle:

  • Curate. We collect insights from our network on what projects have most potential for impact, resulting in informed problem statements – not a “solution looking for a problem.”
  • Partner. By running workshops with the right players to clarify project scope, we broker partnerships and projects that can pilot solutions and test value propositions.
  • Execute. Our project teams drive friction-free execution of pilots, accelerating outcomes tied to the value proposition – or “failing fast” and moving on when success seems unlikely.
  • Deliver. We provide conditions and assets necessary for transition or adoption, delivering use cases and market transition readiness at the conclusion of projects.