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Techlanta - Tech Square
An extraordinary density of startups. A conglomeration of big-brand corporations. An exceptionally qualified talent pool.
All of the above come together at the technology neighborhood that Georgia Tech built: Technology Square.
Within Tech Square’s eight blocks in Midtown Atlanta, this concentrated combination effectively fuels an ongoing ecosystem of innovation.
This innovation ecosystem is one of the key reasons Georgia Tech easily retains its reputation as a top-10 public research university, maximizing this dynamic interplay of talent, research, and technology transfer.
“Our research as well as collaborations with government, business, and industry result in solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges, while preparing a skilled and diverse workforce.
A good example is Tech Square,” says Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson.
“This innovation neighborhood has helped foster an environment that attracts not only the entrepreneurial community but also a number of major Fortune 500 and multinational firms that see it as a critical component that helps drive their business.
A key factor is access to talent — specifically, access to the talent of students, faculty, and researchers at Georgia Tech.”
"A key factor is access to talent — specifically, access to the talent of students, faculty, and researchers at Georgia Tech.”
G.P. “Bud” Peterson,
President, Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson participates in a Delta Hangar panel discussion. The Atlanta-based airline is one of the many major brands to have established a research center at Tech Square.
Within the past two years alone, 17 innovation centers connected to major corporations — such as Anthem, The Boeing Company, Chick-fil-A, and ThyssenKrupp Elevator — have set up shop in Tech Square, serving as solid testimony to Peterson’s point.
Fueling those innovation centers is a constant influx of young and progressive idea-generators and problem-solvers in the form of Tech interns.
These interns are taking advantage of innovation center opportunities that are just a trolley ride away from their residence halls — and recently graduated Yellow Jackets well-equipped and excited about putting their years of collaborative and interdisciplinary training toward creating real-world solutions.
As for the entrepreneurial community, Tech Square provides a wealth of incubation and accelerator support through companies such as the Advanced Technology Development Center and CREATE-X.
Startups also stand to benefit from proximity to other entities at Tech Square — newly hatched or well-established — that they might partner with.
Indeed, it is the density of the assortment of research and technology resources at Tech Square that makes the level of interaction with faculty, labs, students, and each other superlative.
In essence, Tech Square is the embodiment of Georgia Tech’s collaborative, entrepreneurial culture enabling game-changing research that translates into real-life solutions — solutions that turn students into entrepreneurs, startups into success stories, and businesses — small and large — into superior versions of themselves.