New Jersey Innovation Institute

The Gateway to Innovation in the State of New Jersey

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Igniting Innovation in NJ

Who We Are

New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) was founded in 2014 as a non-profit Think Tank and combines the vast resources of the R1 level New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), strong industry and government relationships, and proven methods to drive innovation and deliver transformative products and services. NJII is the leader in driving innovation in the State of New Jersey.  We do this through a wide range of initiatives including digital transformation, workforce development, advanced manufacturing, start-up incubation and acceleration.  Learn more about us here.

Our Vision

The NJII North Star is to double in size by exceeding $70M in revenue by 2030. This will be accomplished by diversifying revenue streams, launching new divisions and programs, building additional for-profit companies and partnering closely with NJIT.

Our Mission

We are passionate about addressing a fundamental challenge with research universities which is that it is challenging for industry and governmental organizations to leverage the vast resources of these universities. NJII is designed to be the conduit between NJIT and the outside world while providing a significant economic impact for New Jersey. As a standalone corporation, NJII is uniquely positioned to accelerate technology translation, foster innovation and upskill workers by being able to move quickly and be nimble while leveraging the resources of NJIT.

How We Operate

NJII is uniquely positioned to be agile, entrepreneurial and opportunistic. NJII was launched to address a fundamental challenge with academia which is that it is difficult for the outside world to leverage the vast resources of research universities.  NJII is able to being together university resources with government, private and public sector partners in order to address novel gaps in the marketplace.  We are currently organized into five innovative divisions that guide these initiatives: AI/ML, Defense, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare and Learning & Development.  Focused on results, NJII has generated over $330M in revenue during its ten years of operation and today has a growing team of 120+ members.  Learn more about career opportunities here.

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98k sq. ft.

New Jersey's Largest Incubator



Registered Non-Profit

John Vito d'Antonio-Bertagnolli
John Vito d'Antonio-BertagnolliCEO of Ocular Motor Technologies
VentureLink is more than just an office building for my company. It's our connection to the rich pool of student talent at NJIT, and a hub of networking with both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs. Plus, the coffee machine makes hot chocolate with milk!
James Zunino
James ZuninoMaterials Engineer, Additive Manufacturing Principal, US Army Futures Command, CCDC Armaments Center
When we have different groups of experts cross collaborating and sharing ideas and taking those and running with them what we end up with is a powerful example of one of those situations where the sum of all the pieces is far better than the individual parts.
Juan Dueñas
Juan DueñasCo-Founder and CEO of ViRvii
We are excited to partner with NJII to integrate immersive and interactive virtual reality content into the educational environment to promote greater learning across the world.
Dr. Joanne Beck
Dr. Joanne BeckChief Operating Office, Boston Pharmaceuticals
NJII has made significant progress in the area of regenerative medicine and we are very excited about their new center and the opportunity for companies of varying sizes to leverage the center for cell and gene therapy development and manufacturing projects as well as workforce development.
Dr. Shereef Elnahal
Dr. Shereef ElnahalPresident & CEO, University Hospital in Newark, NJ
Folks are beginning to understand the value of having their health information available to any doctor who needs to see them, without resorting to outdated methods like paper mail and fax. Interoperability and data integration-including the NJHIN-are the ways that New Jersey will get there.

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