The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) not only provides students with information on enriching their academic career through research, but also aims to introduce Georgia Tech students to the resources and organizations on campus available to assist them in pursuing their own ideas and passions. If your son or daughter has an entrepreneurial spirit or is simply interested in learning more about the transformation from an idea to an invention to a potential startup company, there are several GT programs, competitions, and organizations to stimulate such innovation.
The 2017 InVenture Prize is starting now! The InVenture Prize is Georgia Tech’s annual innovation competition for undergraduate students. Six individual students or student teams will have the opportunity to pitch their inventions to a panel of judges and 1000+ screaming fans in the final round of the competition, which is filmed live and aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Total prize money is $35,000, including a US patent. Students can join the hundreds of others interested in learning more about the InVenture Prize by signing up at https://inventureprize.gatech.edu.
Startup Exchange is a student organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurialism among Tech’s students. Anyone can come to their open weekly meetings where ideas are born, discussion breeds inspiration, and no question is unimportant. Startup Exchange is also the program behind Startup Semester, a competitive and intense 10-week workshop to help student teams turn their visions into tangible business models. Learn more about Startup Exchange by visiting their website at http://startupexchange.gatech.edu.
Flashpoint at Georgia Tech is a program that works with startup founders to mold and advance their fledgling businesses into profitable companies. Through the implementation of “startup engineering,” Flashpoint has the resources, connections, and shared knowledge to significantly decrease the costs of startup development and decrease the risk of startup failure. To find out more about the kinds of startups involved with Flashpoint and how to apply, visit http://flashpoint.gatech.edu.
For a full list of resources on-campus and in the Atlanta area involved with invention and entrepreneurship, please visit http://urop.gatech.edu/innovation.
Last revised August 1, 2017