An Education in Entrepreneurship

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An Education in Entrepreneurship

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.

An Education in Entrepreneurship

Program Type

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GT 1000

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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.

GT 2803

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GT 2803, also called, “Your Idea, Your Invention," is an undergraduate course — typically for freshmen and sophomores — that helps students explore opportunities for invention and discovery. 

Idea 2 Prototype
(CREATE-X Program)

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Idea 2 Prototype is for students who want to advance their ideas for a potential value-creating product by performing basic research, analysis, and testing leading to a proof-of-concept prototype.

Technology Commercialization (TI:GERĀ® Program)

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The TI:GER Program builds market-ready skills for MBA students looking to develop their own venture as well as careers in product development, marketing, consulting, or corporate “intrapreneurship.” 

Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate for Non-Business Students

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The Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate for Non-Business Students is for engineering students earning a graduate degree from one of Georgia Tech's degree-granting academic units.

Startup Lab
(CREATE-X Program)

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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.

Immersive Tracks
in Leading Innovation

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Immersive Tracks in Leading Innovation is an optional Scheller MBA track that combines academic coursework, hands-on business projects, speakers, networking events, and industry panels.

Entrepreneurship Certificate for MBA Students

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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.

Continuing and
Professional Education

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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.

Grand Challenges

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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.

Startup House

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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.

Startup Exchange

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This student group officially meets in a designated workspace once a week. But, students meet and work there informally nearly every hour of every day, sharing their ideas, successes, and failures.


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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.

ATDC Workshops and Classes

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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.

Invention Studio

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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

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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 (formerly Startup Gauntlet)

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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. 

Startup Competition

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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.

Capstone Design and Expo (course and competition)

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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.

ACC InVenture Prize

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This is a "Shark Tank"-style pitch competition where undergraduate teams representing each ACC university pitch their inventions or businesses in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.

InVenture Prize

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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.

Ideas 2 Serve

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This is a competition for Georgia Tech students and recent alumni who have early-stage product/service ideas or venture concepts that are geared toward creating a better world.

Convergence Innovation Competition

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This is a biannual competition that encourages students to create innovative and viable products and experiences, with the support of campus resources and industry guidance.