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Innovation

From maker spaces for building and creating products to startup incubators for researching and developing companies, there is unlimited potential for innovation at Georgia Tech. New partnerships and resources are available, and if you have a bright idea, we can help you make it happen.

Entrepreneurship 

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

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  • 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.

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.

  • Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) is a program that combines classroom instruction, team-based activities, and real-world consulting projects  in order to address the multidisciplinary issues that come with technology commercialization.
  • The Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship administers a Minor in Leadership Studies that can be obtained by any Georgia Tech student.
  • Scheller College of Business also provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to obtain an Entrepreneurship Certificate that covers knowledge and skills surrounding the entrepreneurial process including opportunity recognition, concept development, business plans, resource acquisition and value creation. 

Invention

Capstone Design - Students work in teams to design, build, and test prototypes with real world applications. At the end of each semester, students showcase their efforts at the “Capstone Design Expo”. Opportunity to work with real-world, open-ended, interdisciplinary challenges proposed by industrial and research project sponsors.

InVenture Prize - The country’s largest undergraduate invention competition, the InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech brings together student innovators from across campus in an effort to foster friendly competition, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Organized by faculty, the event takes inventors through several rounds of competitions, culminating in a final “Shark Tank”-style round. The televised event won an Southeast Emmy award in 2017 and is part of the ACC InVenture Prize series.

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program -  VIP unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context, across all disciplines. It’s a program that brings together all members of the university community to complete projects that draw on multiple research areas. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design and discovery efforts of their teams.