• Montana State University
  • Bozeman, Montana


About Us

World-class University-related Research Park

As the leading university-related research park in Montana, the Montana State University Innovation Campus provides a place where people and ideas come together; an environment that provides state-of-the-art facilities, services and programs to support early stage start-ups to large R&D companies; ‘the place’ where Montana State University faculty, researchers and scientists collaborate with private and government researchers and scientists to push forward cutting-edge research and advance technologies through the transfer of technology; and a place where students gain hands-on real-world learning experiences that result in employment opportunities upon graduation.

Come and be part of a unique high-tech R&D Campus community – Montana State University Innovation Campus.

Mission & Vision

The Mission of the Montana State University Innovation Campus is – “Create a world-class university-related research park to promote economic development and partnerships between high-tech based businesses and the research community of Montana State University, the region, and the State of Montana.

The Vision of the Montana State University Innovation Campus is – “To be recognized as ‘the place’ that provides a unique community to connect people and support public private partnerships to stimulate new ideas, push forward the advancement of research and science, and produce new discoveries and technologies that will transform the world.”

MSU Innovation Campus Companies

Planning & Progress

Montana State University Innovation Campus is undergoing a 42-acre expansion. The expansion provides a walkable campus with state-of-the-art office and laboratory buildings, programs and personal services, high-speed fiber and redundant pathways, water features, bike and walking trails.

A truly beautiful high-tech R&D campus community.

Board of Directors

Dick Harte, Chair Entrepreneur and Businessman
Cory Pulfrey, Vice-Chair Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Scott Levandowski, Secretary/Treasurer President, First Interstate Bank
Terry Leist Vice President of Administration and Finance, MSU
Robert Marley Interim Vice President of Student Success, MSU
Teresa McKnight Executive Director, MSU Innovation Campus
Nichol Rae Dean of the College of Letters and Science, MSU
Kathleen (Kitty) Saylor Interim President and CEO, MSU Alumni Foundation

Our Partners

Experience in Building Successful University-related Research Parks

Teresa McKnight
Teresa W. McKnight

Teresa W. McKnight was named Executive Director of the Montana State University Innovation Campus in December of 2011. McKnight brings more than 20-years’ of experience developing university-related research parks.

Prior to coming to Montana State University, she held the position as CEO of the South Dakota State University Growth Partnership and Executive Director of the South Dakota State University Innovation Campus, a 125-acre university-related research park – the first of its kind to be constructed in the State of South Dakota.

During McKnight’s 5-year tenure in South Dakota, she was successful in raising over $32.6 million in federal grants, state, and private funding. Under McKnight’s leadership, and during down economic times, she was successful in breaking ground on Phase I and Phase II of the Innovation Center Building, constructing the Seed Technology Lab, partnering to construct a 126-unit corporate apartment complex with a 24/7 Fitness Center and Business Service Center on land adjacent to the SDSU Innovation Campus, and lastly, construction of a 30,000 SF speculative building on the Innovation Campus. In addition, she was honored to receive the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award in Business.

Prior to South Dakota, she served as Acting director of the Utah State University Innovation Campus, a 173-acre well-established university-related research park in Northern Utah. Under McKnight’s direction, the USU Innovation Campus expanded from 38-acres to 173-acres, 15 buildings were constructed totaling more than 550,000 SF, and the campus grew from 28 to 48 companies employing more than 2100 employees and 980 USU students.

While at Utah State, she was honored to receive the “Excellence in Rural Economic Development” award from the Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration in Washington, DC.

McKnight serves on the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Board of Directors and has consulted with research parks across the U.S.