We work with faculty and students
to create startups based on Georgia Tech research
using evidence-based entrepreneurship.

2018 CRIDC Innovation Competition on February 7

Graduate students whose research shows commercial potential can sign up for the VentureLab Innovation Competition, part of Georgia Tech SGA’s CRIDC 2018 program. The competition offers a $1000 prize for the winner and two $500 prizes for runners-up. Competitors will make the case for their work in a three-minute presentation to a panel of judges, describing how it solves real-world problems and outlining a path to commercialization.

To get started, download the rules and application form. Email your completed application in PDF format to info@venturelab.gatech.edu by 5pm on January 26. Judges will evaluate the submissions based on their degree of innovation, effectiveness of presentation, and commercial potential. Up to 12 finalists will be invited to present at the Innovation Competition finals at 4-5:30pm on February 7 in the Student Center Piedmont Room. The finals are open to the public, so please join us!

VentureLab wins $500,000 NSF I-Corps Sites grant

Are you a PhD student or researcher at Georgia Tech thinking about commercializing your research? I-Corps Sites is a National Science Foundation program which helps move research to a startup company. Learn from the experts how to discover from customers your unique value proposition. We also offer travel funds to attend trade shows and visit customers. Learn more or sign up for the program.

circle1A remarkable array of funding opportunities is available to startups based on Georgia Tech research.

The Georgia Research Alliance provides grant funding for early-stage startups, as well as loans and equity investments for companies that have demonstrated a viable business model. Federal grants from the NSF PFI: AIR-TT program as well as SBIR/STTR funds can provide fuel for growth. And we work closely with angel investors and venture capital firms in Atlanta and beyond to help startups accelerate their growth when the time is right.

circletestOur process emphasizes customer discovery—getting out of the building…

…and talking to over a hundred potential customers and stakeholders to test the basic assumptions of the business. You may be eligible to receive funding to begin this work through the National Science Foundation I-Corps program, or you can participate in regional programs offered by I-Corps South.

Staffed by engineers and entrepreneurscircle3, VentureLab is the place to get guidance, funding, and best practices for building your startup. We don’t charge fees, and we don’t take equity in your company. We’re here to serve Georgia Tech and bring its innovations to market.