Culture of Innovation

Georgia Tech has a wealth of resources at its disposal as a leader in engineering, business, and technology communities. This means that if students can dream it, they can do it.

Maker Spaces

From maker spaces for building and creating, labs for experimenting and discovering, and startup incubators for researching and developing, there is unlimited potential for innovation. New partnerships and resources are initiated like clockwork, and if you have a bright idea, we can help you make it happen.

Maker spaces in particular are popular with any student wanting to create something with their hands- or with a top-of-the-line machine.

Local area high school students attended a Maker's camp at the Invention Studio where they built quadcopters, which are remote-controlled flying devices.

The Invention Studio is located in the Manufacturing Related Disciplines Complex (MRDC) building. Eric Weinhoffer in the machine room.

CREATE-X

The CREATE-X Initiative was created in 2014, and since then has helped launch 42 startups. Intended for undergraduate students, there are three programs within the initiative that provide students with mentorship, guidance, and resources to launch their ideas off the ground. 

  • Startup Lab: students learn about the process of evidence-based entrepreneurship, and how to systematically vet ideas and validate market need. It is a 3-credit course and is open to all undergraduate students.
  • Idea to Prototype (I2P): students get faculty mentors, guidance, and seed funding to build functional prototypes of their ideas. Students get 3-6 undergraduate research credits.
  • Startup Launch: a summer program during which teams go from a developed idea or prototype to a fully launched startup. $20,000 in funding is provided to teams by an external investment fund.

A student pitches their startup at the CREATE-X Demo Day.

Students talk Thursday, August 23, 2018 about their businesses at the CREATE-X Demo Day.

Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)

The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) is Georgia Tech’s chief business outreach and economic development organization, and puts together over a dozen programs that aim to help students get their ideas into the world. Many of the programs below are affiliated with EI2.

Find a full list of their programs, which includes:

  • Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC):  Georgia Tech’s incubator that provides coaching, connections, and a community to foster the development of technology startups in Georgia.
  • Innovation Corps (I-Corps): a competition-style program that prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology.    
  • Integrated Program for Startups (GT-IPS): provides training and support to faculty and students interested in launching companies based on Georgia Tech intellectual property
  • VentureLab: transforms the innovations of Georgia Tech faculty, research staff, and students into companies.

Scheller College of Business

Business-minded engineers should take a look at a few of the programs offered by the Scheller College of Business. Their successful programs offer a unique perspective for College of Engineering students and just might give students an edge when it comes time for graduation.

Ernie Scheller, Jr. birthday event at the Scheller College of Business

Accuity Brands Plaza, Scheller College of Business.

Tech Square

Many potential students hear about Technology Square, which is often praised as a gateway between Midtown and campus, while being an almost mythical place for entrepreneurs to get mentorship and seed funding. Technology incubators— such as Engage, which is a venture fund supported by 10 huge corporations like Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, and Panasonic— are common in the area.

While new labs and innovation centers seem to open up every month, here is a recent list of the big names in Tech Square:

Ceara Byrne at the AT&T Foundry Innovation Center.

Technology Square at Georgia Tech.