A Supportive Environment for Startups
In addition to the higher education located in Midtown, there are mentoring and support opportunities for entrepreneurs who are creating the new products of tomorrow and, importantly, learning the skills to run and seek funding for their businesses. Research strengths, business outreach and support for start-ups within Midtown include:
- The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) is Georgia Tech’s primary business outreach organization, providing services to business, industry, entrepreneurs, and economic developers with the common goal of improving their competitiveness. In addition EI2 has become the link between industry and the Georgia Tech campus, presenting connections to Georgia Tech resources, including world-class research, state-of-the-art facilities, and internationally-recognized faculty.
- The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is a nonprofit applied research organization that employs 1,500 and is involved in over $200 million in research annually for more than 200 clients in industry and government. Its work spans a variety of disciplines, including national defense, homeland security, public health, education, mobile and wireless technologies, and economic development. It encompasses over 25 interdisciplinary research centers working across over 20 different labs and facilities. In operation since 1934, GTRI has inventors named on 62 issued active patents and 39 pending patents in the United States.
- The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is a startup accelerator that helps technology entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square, ATDC serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia. It provides business incubation and acceleration services to hundreds of startups through coaching, connecting and community. Membership is open to all technology startup companies in Georgia, from those at the earliest conception stage to revenue generating, venture-fundable companies.
- SBIR Georgia is an ATDC program that assists technology companies in applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Innovation Research Technology Transfer (STTR) grant awards, which are used for research and development of technologically innovative products and services.
- VentureLab is Georgia Tech's comprehensive center for technology commercialization, open to all faculty, research staff, and students who want to form startup companies based upon their research. It helps develop business models, connections with experienced entrepreneurs, locate sources of early-stage financing, and prepare new companies for global markets.
- Flashpoint at Georgia Tech is a startup accelerator with something more, a startup engineering program that accelerates the startup work of extraordinary entrepreneurs. Flashpoint teams access experienced mentors, technical, marketing and design experts, investors and entrepreneurial stars, and work in an exciting, immersive, shared-learning, open workspace.
- The Georgia Tech Integrated Programs for Startups is available to faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs, providing the training and support entrepreneurs need to launch companies based on Tech intellectual property. The curriculum covers a diverse range of topics.
- Technology Enterprise Park is an 11-acre complex that offers advanced bench and office space and access to sophisticated lab services in a versatile and cost-effective manner. Affiliated with Georgia Tech, TEP offers developmental resources, capabilities and talent as well a facilities and experts in fields ranging from bioengineering to nanotechnology and opportunities for partnerships with other leading universities and research hospitals in Atlanta.