Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC)

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The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is a startup incubator at Georgia Tech that helps technology entrepreneurs in Georgia launch and build successful companies. Headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square, ATDC serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia. ATDC Select is a three-year incubator program for high potential technology companies.  In addition, ATDC provides services open to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia.  Member companies receive coaching, connections, and a community to foster their development through services such as:

  • Education Series – learn to move from ideas to action or receive intensive services to help accelerate the growth of your startup.
  • Mentor Programs – work one-on-one with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), Community Catalysts, and volunteer mentors.
  • Industry Connect – work closely with angel investors and Fortune 1000 companies to help create opportunities and identify and connect with potential partners.
  • Facility Rental – startups are able to lease seed space and Select companies are able to lease suite space in 42,000 square feet in Technology Square and 15,000 square feet of wet lab space on the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta.
  • Startup Circles – join smaller ATDC groups created around specific focus areas or geography to gain targeted support for your startup.
  • SBIR Grant Assistance – learn about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant opportunities and get assistance writing grant proposals.
  • Lunch-n-Learns – hear from expert speakers on topics relevant to startup companies.
  • Cowork@ATDC – join collaborative working sessions to network with and learn from fellow member companies.
  • Expert Connections – gain access to expertise both in and outside of Georgia Tech.

Who ATDC Serves

  • First time and serial technology entrepreneurs in Georgia.
  • High potential technology startups in Georgia.

The ATDC Difference

Founded in 1979, ATDC is the oldest technology incubator in the country. ATDC was featured in a 2010 Forbes magazine article as one of the top 10 technology incubators changing the world. ATDC was recognized by Inc. and Business Week as one of the nation’s top incubators, and has won several awards for the expert services it provides.

ATDC has a successful track record of incubating and coaching startup businesses. Companies that have graduated from the ATDC program include Mindspring (now part of EarthLink), Trans Nexus, Blinq Media, Suniva, and CardioMEMS.  ATDC member companies receive numerous benefits, including introduction and networking with other ATDC companies, mentors from graduated ATDC companies, education programs, access to Georgia Tech resources (including labs, equipment, faculty and staff), connections to Georgia Tech state partnerships, and opportunities for investment and partnerships.

ATDC’s Economic Impact

ATDC works with more than 325 companies per year, has launched more than 150 new ventures, and has generated capital activity of more than $97 million. ATDC companies have:

  • Attracted $2.5 billion in investments.
  • Generated more than $1.3 billion in revenue.
  • Created more than 5,500 jobs.

ATDC is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, which helps enterprises improve their competitiveness to significantly impact the economy.

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