Education Update: Georgia Institute of Technology
The presidents of the Georgia Institute of Technology and The University of Georgia joined together October 11 to officially launch ATDC”s new presence in Gwinnett County. ATDC, which is Georgia Tech”s technology business accelerator, will offer educational programs and hold regular office hours to meet with area entrepreneurs at the University of Georgia”s Gwinnett Campus at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville.
The launch of ATDC Gwinnett is a result of strategic collaboration between the two universities and Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative led by the Gwinnett Chamber and more than 160 public and private partners.
“Creating new jobs and bringing innovation to market are top of mind for just about everyone,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “At Georgia Tech, we focus on innovation and serving as an economic engine for Georgia, and we are honored to collaborate with the University of Georgia and economic development organizations in Gwinnett County to expand our reach.”
Peterson noted that 14 companies graduated from ATDC have located in Gwinnett County over the years, including Suniva — the Southeast”s first solar energy company. Using technology developed in Georgia Tech”s University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics, Suniva has been expanding its production and now has 150 workers at its manufacturing facility in Norcross.
He also noted the $12.7 billion economic impact of the University System of Georgia on the state, and the numerous awards won by ATDC over its 30-year history. “Last spring, ATDC was named by Forbes Magazine to its new list of the 10 technology incubators that are changing the world,” Peterson said. “It is the only incubator in the Southeast to be included in the Forbes list.”
Among the more than 300 companies currently in the ATDC program, 23 are located in Gwinnett County.