By: Sinclaire Johnson
Recently, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute traveled with 15 Georgia State University students to the Advanced Technology Development Center located at Georgia Tech. The students participated in a private tour and overview of the resources the incubator provides to tech-enabled startups.
The Advanced Technology Development Center, also known as ATDC, is a startup incubator that assists technology based or enabled companies by giving the, the education, connections, and resources they may need in order to succeed in their entrepreneurial journey. Their mission is “We help startups succeed”.
Student were greeted by Brandy Nagel, Program Manager and Faculty Researcher with Georgia Tech’s Innovation Ecosystems, who also holds office hours on Georgia State’s campus for entrepreneurs to discuss their ideas and plans for their businesses.
Nagel welcomed the students with a presentation that represented the romanticized version of entrepreneurship. After, Nagel presented them with the true meaning of entrepreneurship. “About 75 percent of startups become successful,” Nagel said. “It’s a lot of long nights and hard work.”
After her presentation, Nagel introduced Seth Radman to the students. Radman is co-founder of Crescendo, a music technology startup that is changing the way people are studying music.
“Until you get out there and try, you don’t know what you don’t know,” Radman said.
After a brief overview of ATDC, the students were led on a private tour of the space by Lauren Lange, the marketing and event coordinator for ATDC. Students were able to learn more about the resources ATDC offers to its members, such office space, conference rooms, and a makerspace where entrepreneurs have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, drills, saws, and more.
Students were also able to get a glimpse some of the companies based out of ATDC. “These are the companies that have made significant progress through our program,” said Lange. Many incredibly popular startups and companies are seated in ATDC, such as Gozio Health, Greenlight, and Bark.
“I enjoyed this event because it definitely gave me a better idea of what resources may be available to me as an entrepreneur,” said student Gynella Ngounou. “As a fashion designer, it’s nice to know that these opportunities are offered to students.
Georgia State students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary memberships to ATDC’s Educate Program.
Sign up here: atdc.org/join-atdc-educate-program
Use promo code: GSU
For more information about ATDC, visit their website at www.atdc.org, and for more upcoming ENI events, check out our calendar page!