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UGA expands mentorship program to support faculty entrepreneurs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 18th, 2020

The University of Georgia (UGA) is expanding a program designed to support faculty members who want to launch start-ups based on their research discoveries.

A product of the university’s Innovation District, the Startup Mentor Program pairs successful business founders — many of them UGA alumni — with faculty members to help coach and inspire them to accelerate their innovations from the lab to the marketplace. With support from Georgia Power, the program is expanding the number and diversity of mentors available.

“We look for people with experience in creating a successful start-up, or who have seen it from the other side, such as through venture capital investments or corporate acquisitions,” says Ian Biggs, director of start-ups at UGA’s Innovation Gateway. “The expansion of this program will offer a greater range of expertise and provide a deeper level of support for our faculty.”

Kyle Tschepikow, UGA’s director for strategy and innovation and special assistant to the president, comments, “I want to thank our alumni and corporate partners who are enabling the university to scale up this important program to advance our Innovation District initiative. Their investment in our innovation ecosystem will enable even more of our faculty innovators and entrepreneurs to transform their bright ideas into products and solutions that improve lives and communities in Georgia and around the world.”

Source: UGA Today

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