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U of Georgia launches task force to help create a thriving innovation hub

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 12th, 2018

The University of Georgia (UGA), based in Athens, has assembled a special team of faculty, administrators, tech transfer experts, alumni, and business leaders to plan and promote innovation initiatives across campus.

The Innovation District Task Force recently delivered a report for UGA president Jere W. Morehead, outlining a strategic vision to create an innovation hub on campus that would foster entrepreneurship and industry collaboration.

“The vision of the Task Force begins with an imperative: the University of Georgia must strengthen its innovation ecosystem to remain relevant and responsive as a land-grant institution in the 21st century and to continue its rise as a premier national and international research university,” the report reads.

The Task Force envisions a hub composed of an interconnected set of facilities that would offer a wide range of spaces and resources to support innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration. The hub would also host community events such as hackathons, seminars and start-up pitch contests.

“The future success of this institution — and of all public land-grant universities, for that matter — lies in its ability to find solutions to pressing challenges; to develop new ways of thinking and doing; and to support the jobs, companies and industries of the 21st century,” says Morehead. “Those are the top-line objectives of this important university initiative, and I am excited to get the project underway.”

Source: UGA Today

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