Students can explore entrepreneurism through Tech's academic programs, extracurricular activities, workshops, and communities. And those who have big ideas have multiple avenues to transform these ideas into startups.
The GT 1000 Startup class and the Research and Innovation classes are designed to introduce freshmen to startups, customer discovery, startup culture, and all the resources that Georgia Tech can offer to startups.
The Startup Lab course begins with students hearing from a different guest each week about his or her experience in a startup or entrepreneurial environment. Students then team up to develop a business model for a startup idea of their own.
As part of the Entrepreneurship Certificate for MBA Students, students learn how to successfully start a new venture, participate in an entrepreneurial company, or manage an entrepreneurial unit of a larger corporation.
Several Professional Education courses, certificates, and online degrees focus specifically on developing professionals to lead in innovation in the workplace. Georgia Tech experts can all customize courses and present them on-site for our business partners.
This is a one-year program providing students with an opportunity to develop problem-solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills in order to find solutions to real-world problems. Students may choose to live in the Grand Challenges dorms with other program members.
This living-learning community is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It is centered on the lean startup methodology, with the community working collaboratively to evaluate business models, build actual startups, and create viable products and prototypes.
Working with students and faculty, VentureLab helps create startup companies based on Georgia Tech research and ideas. Since 2001, it has launched 150 companies that have attracted more than $700 million in funding.
The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) helps transform fledgling technology ventures into viable businesses. For a small membership fee, ATDC provides ongoing workshops and classes targeted to entrepreneurs.
This is a design-build-play space open to any Georgia Tech student. It is for students — managed by students. Students from all majors are encouraged to experiment with the cutting-edge tools, machines, and printers.
Startup Semester is not a course. Students apply and, if selected, they enjoy access to veteran entrepreneurship mentors, meet with potential investors, and work with group software and guest speakers.
Customer Discovery Lab is a six-week startup lab for first-time or experienced entrepreneurs. Each week, hypotheses are made about the world, interviews are held, and results reported in a group setting in front of an expert instructor team.
This is an annual contest where teams of Georgia Tech graduate students create compelling business models over a three-month period. The first place team receives $10,000, and second and third place teams each receive $1,000.
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 and compete for cash prizes.
This is an annual innovation competition for undergraduate Georgia Tech students. First place finishers win $20,000, plus a free patent filing. The second place prize is $10,000, plus the patent filing.