Georgia Tech Delegation Advancing Partnerships with India

David Bridges, Bernard Kippelen, Devesh Ranjan, and Shreyes Melkote visiting Raj Ghat in India.

The Georgia Institute of Technology sent a small delegation to India April 8-12 for the purpose of strengthening existing and building new collaborative opportunities in the fields of research, education, and economic development.

The team was comprised of Bernard Kippelen, vice provost for International Initiatives and Steven A. Denning Chair for Global Engagement; Devesh Ranjan, Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. School Chair in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering; Shreyes Melkote, Morris M. Bryan Jr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering and executive director of the Novelis Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech; and David Bridges, vice president of the Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Over the course of the week, they met with representatives of the Indian government, leadership at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai and New Delhi, and an array of private-sector companies ranging from startups to corporations, including the Aditya Birla Group, which is associated with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani and Hyderabad and is the parent company of Novelis Inc., which is headquartered in Atlanta.

A number of factors make the country a promising candidate for future collaborative projects with Georgia Tech. Among them are an increase in onshore manufacturing, government education and research strategies that support further development of talent and innovation, a large potential for creation of workforce training programs, and an openness to alliances between business and public interests.

In addition to observing a growth mindset among those they encountered in government, university, and corporate contexts, the Georgia Tech group also noticed an overall receptivity to engagement with top-tier U.S. universities, especially engineering and medical schools.

“Looking at the number of undergraduates coming from India to study in the U.S., I believe it’s the right time to invest in our relationship with India,” said Ranjan. “The growth in the country in the last 10 years is unlike anything I’ve seen before. When the economy goes up, so does the desire for higher education.”

Indeed, higher education was central to the group’s itinerary. For Kippelen, one trip highlight was an “inspiring” visit to New Delhi, where he and fellow Georgia Tech delegates “had a productive time and stimulating discussions” with representatives from India’s Department of Higher Education, the University Grants Commission, and the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.

Ranjan acknowledged the strong value India places on education and tied that ethos, in part, to the historical influence of Gandhi. “A memorable moment of our trip to India was visiting Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. My colleagues were able to learn more about him and how he pushed kids toward an educated society,” Ranjan said, adding, “Anyone who goes to India usually begins their visit by paying homage to the Father of the Nation.”

Across a range of institutions, the visiting cohort took opportunities to engage with Georgia Tech graduates, who were enthusiastic about strengthening ties to their alma mater and more than willing to facilitate fruitful connections to further the cohort’s discovery mission.

“I was most impressed by the Georgia Tech alumni,” said Bridges, citing “how supportive they were of us coming to India and how committed they were to being part of a successful collaboration. The alumni network there was just phenomenal.”

Melkote especially appreciated the warm welcome extended to the team by government officials and IIT faculty and leadership at the New Delhi and Mumbai campuses, as well as the overall eagerness to establish and further strengthen relationships with Georgia Tech.

He recalled the Georgia Tech cohort’s meetings with the Aditya Birla Group — a $65 billion global conglomerate with a wide range of holdings worldwide — and the leadership of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani and Hyderabad, characterizing these encounters as “very enlightening.”

Said Melkote, “It is clear to me that we have a number of opportunities for expanding Georgia Tech’s impact in India through academic, research, and economic development initiatives.”

Enterprise 6 Internship Project Listing Summer 2024

Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR)
Scope of position: This intern is responsible for assisting the economists at the Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR) with gathering and analyzing data related to various community-level contract research projects.
What you’ll do: Typical projects include labor force analysis, economic and/or fiscal impact analysis, and building custom models for community research. You might also find yourself analyzing demographics, working with and manipulating spreadsheet data, creating data visualization, and collecting data from online resources.
The ideal candidate: Due to the specialized nature of this work, only economics majors will be considered.
More at: cedr.gatech.edu

 

EI2 Global
Scope of position: As an intern with the EI2 Global team, you’ll perform various research and analysis tasks under the direction of a project manager.
What you’ll do: Main focuses include collecting data from internal and external sources, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and summarizing the findings in draft reports.
The ideal candidate: You’ll excel in this position if you’re comfortable analyzing data and communicating its narrative will. The position is open to all majors, but because of the societal impact and global nature of EI2 Global’s work, students with an interest in the following fields may benefit most from the experience: international affairs, global development, public policy, city and regional planning, economics, business, innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.
More at: grow.gatech.edu

 

Finance
Scope of position: This internship opportunity offers students a comprehensive understanding of the financial business processes within a dynamic university department. The EI2 finance team manages processes that range from procurement and sponsored administration to accounts payable and accounts receivable.
What you’ll do: You’ll help with process documentation and mapping across various sectors within finance. Possible tasks may include researching Georgia Tech processes; process mapping and documentation; and developing flowcharts, job aids, and/or tools.
The ideal candidate: This position is open to all majors, but students who have an interest in the following fields may benefit the most from the experience: business and finance.
More at: innovate.gatech.edu

 

Georgia Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing (Georgia AIM)
Scope of position: Georgia Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing (Georgia AIM) is an $82 million program that brings together more than 100 coalition partners to facilitate the equitable development and deployment of innovation and talent for AI in manufacturing. Seventeen separate projects and subprojects deliver workforce development, AI innovations, and technical assistance to manufacturers and communities.
What you’ll do: You’ll assist in developing the written roadmap that serves as a model for launching and operating projects at EI2. This entails working directly with the Georgia AIM team to continue implementing a robust system that monitors the program and its deliverables, while also tracking the projects’ progress and metrics.
The ideal candidate: Because Georgia AIM reaches all types of communities throughout the state, community engagement is key to its overall success, and it helps if an applicant finds that element of the work energizing. This position is open to all majors, but due to the societal impact of the team’s work, students with an interest in the following fields may benefit the most from the experience: economic development, public policy, city and regional planning, business, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, workforce development, and system development/integration.
More at: georgiaaim.org

 

Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) – Cybersecurity
Scope of position: The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s (GaMEP) technology team seeks a student to support a variety of high-value projects focused on Georgia’s manufacturing needs for Industry 4.0, supply chain, and cybersecurity.
What you’ll do: This intern will support GaMEP project managers in field research and data analytics for technology transfer and adoption in areas including sensors, edge computing, digital factory, cybersecurity, supply chain, and advanced manufacturing. This dynamic position offers the chance to observe and assist project work in real time through a technology ecosystem, and it culminates in client engagement opportunities.
The ideal candidate: The position is open to all majors, but because of the manufacturing and supply chain focus of the work, students with an interest in the following fields may benefit the most from the experience: supply chain/logistics, industrial and systems engineering, materials science and engineering, and business and operations management.
More at: gamep.org

 

Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) – Arts Innovation
Scope of position: The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech is looking for a student interested in helping develop a new suite of offerings to grow and develop arts organizations in Georgia.
What you’ll do: Intern duties may include researching available existing data on the arts and creative industries in Georgia; completing additional research and customer discovery activities to help develop services and training based on industry needs; helping customize existing training materials for a new audience; developing a survey (or other feedback mechanism) to collect metrics and evaluate the effectiveness of new programming; and assisting with content creation, networking or training events, and other marketing/communications activities.
The ideal candidate: A student with experience or interest in arts management or business will thrive in this internship. The position is open to all majors, but students with an interest in the following fields may benefit the most from the experience: business, communications, city and regional planning, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
More at: innovate.gatech.edu

 

Safety, Health, Environmental Services (SHES)
Scope of position: Safety, Health, Environmental Services (SHES) is looking for a student to assist with improving the search engine optimization for our consultation reports in Dropbox so consultants can easily access reports that emphasize specific topics.
What you’ll do: The above project involves devising an implementation plan in Dropbox, instructing consultants on the process of adding tags to reports for improved search capability, and going through old reports to tag them for relevant topics.
The ideal candidate: The position is open to all majors, but due to the nature of work, students with an interest in the following fields may benefit most from the experience: occupational safety and health, public policy, city and regional planning, business, innovation, environmental science, manufacturing, and building construction.
More at: oshainfo.gatech.edu

Georgia Tech APEX Accelerator Hosts Federal Delegation

A delegation from the APEX Accelerators were in Atlanta April 19 to meet with the local team housed at Georgia Tech. The visit was part of a nationwide fact finding tour of its centers aross the country to learn about best practices. (PHOTO: Péralte Paul)

A team of officials from the federal APEX Accelerators — an offering of the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs —visited the Enterprise Innovation Institute as part of a national tour of its member centers across the country.

The Georgia Tech APEX Accelerator, a program of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, helps Georgia businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts, at no cost to the companies.

Formally known as the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC), the Georgia Tech APEX Accelerator is one of 95 such centers operating across the country. The visit from the federal delegation followed the rebranding and name change that took place earlier in 2023.

The April 19 Georgia stop was the first of several said Khalil Mack, director of APEX Accelerators program.

“We did the site visit to meet the team and have candid conversations about the program  and how their program operates,” Mack said. “This is a very innovative accelerator and where it sits in the Enterprise Innovation Institute, there seems to be a lot of opportunity for cross-pollination across their programs so we were excited to come out here and learn what they are doing and see if we could take some of these best practices and apply them programwide.”

Enterprise 6 Internship Project Listing Summer 2023

  • Center Economic Development Research (CEDR)
    This position will be assisting the research professionals at CEDR with gathering and analyzing data related to various community-level contract research projects. Typical projects include labor force analysis, strategic planning, economic and/or fiscal impact analysis, and community resilience. Examples of tasks may include working with spreadsheet data, GIS analysis, data visualization, demographic analysis, and survey evaluation. Additionally, data visualization is a key component of our deliverables to communities.  The CEDR intern will collaborate with staff to develop customizable infographic templates, maps, and an image catalog for use in developing proposals, presentations, and final reports for clients.
    cedr.gatech.edu
  • Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
    The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based economic development organization. Our organization is focused on developing a dataset and algorithm to compare economic development organizations among U.S. and international universities. This algorithm will be utilized to create an annual monitor to be published by an impartial university-based economic development organization. innovate.gatech.edu 
  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) – Data
    The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech is looking for a student for the summer of 2023 that is interested in delving into data. We have a robust database, kept in Salesforce, that needs some important clean-up. This includes, but is not limited to:

      • Researching companies to identify Department of Defense suppliers.
      • Researching companies to identify minority, women, and veteran-owned companies.
      • Researching companies to determine industry types.
      • Researching companies to determine employee size.
      • Making updates to the database as research is completed.

Additional projects around data may be explored, such as analyzing data, pulling lists for the team’s migration into a marketing automation tool, and setting up reports within Google Analytics.

The ideal student should be detail-oriented and have experience manipulating data in Excel. gamep.org

  • Innovation Ecosystems
    The position entails performing various research and analysis tasks as part of the Innovation Ecosystems team. Under the direction of a project manager, the successful candidate will focus primarily in collecting data from internal and external sources, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and summarizing the findings in draft reports. A candidate with the ability to analyze data and communicate its narrative will excel in this position. This position is open to all majors, but because of the societal impact and global nature of the team’s work, students with an interest in the following fields may benefit the most from the experience: International Affairs, Global Development, Public Policy, City and Regional Planning, Economics, Business, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. grow.gatech.edu
  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) – Cybersecurity
    The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Technology team seeks a student to support a variety of high-value projects focused on Georgia’s Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, and Cybersecurity industry base. This intern position will support GaMEP project managers in field research and data analytics for technology transfer and adoption in several areas such as sensors, edge computing, digital factory, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.  This dynamic opportunity to observe and assist project work in real time through a technology ecosystem will culminate in client engagement opportunities. gamep.org

Enterprise 6 Internship Program Applications Open for Summer 2023

Under Enterprise 6, Georgia Tech students can work on dynamic economic development projects.
Under Enterprise 6, Georgia Tech students can work on dynamic economic development projects.

Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute is now accepting applications for its competitive 2023 Enterprise 6 Summer Internship.

The 2023 cohort has 6 available slots and selected interns will engage in active projects that further the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s economic development mission.

The Enterprise 6 program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who were enrolled at Georgia Tech for Spring 2023. Selected students will be mentored by a research faculty member. Enterprise 6 interns will meet remotely on a bi-weekly basis to share observations about their experiences.

The Enterprise Innovation Institute is the longest running, most diverse, university-based economic development organization in the United States. Since the launch of its founding program more than 60 years ago, the Enterprise Innovation Institute has grown to serve innovative enterprises of all sizes — from pre-company teams to startups to ongoing businesses — and energize the ecosystems in which they reside.

 

While Enterprise 6 positions are not for academic credit, the program does offer real world experience and compensation. The organization is offering $25 per hour for 20 hours per week of effort. The internships — which are sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research — begin May 15 and end August 11. Students will work remotely during the internship period, but they may be asked to work from the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s offices in Tech Square as needed depending upon the project they are working on and supporting.

 

There are 6 projects for this summer and interested students may apply to no more than 2 projects. See the project outlines from the application link:https://innovate.gatech.edu/enterprise-6-application-2023/

 

  • EARN: $25 per hour (up to 20 hours per week).
  • OPPORTUNITY TO: Serve enterprises and communities of all sizes.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Must thrive on challenging projects in technology, business development, or ecosystem building.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Georgia Tech Students.
  • WHEN: May 15, 2023 to August 11, 2023.
  • LOCATION: Hybrid (work remotely and in Technology Square, Atlanta).
  • DEADLINE: Résumés due March 27, 2023.
  • APPLY: https://innovate.gatech.edu/enterpise-6-application-2023/
  • QUESTIONS?… E-mailkrystle.richardson@innovate.gatech.edu

Intentional Leadership in the Enterprise Innovation Institute

Juli Golemi recently completed the Leading Women@Tech program

Diversity, equity, and inclusion can sometimes seem like catch phrases that organizations use, but don’t really follow through on. At Georgia Tech, the Leading Women@Tech program, which is housed in Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI), is proving that the Institute doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk.

Juli Golemi, at the introduction of cohort six (Photo: Kemi Griffin, Kemi Griffin Photography)

Leading Women@Tech provides women with the opportunity and curriculum to strengthen their leadership abilities, enhance personal and professional growth, and support overall career development, while facilitating connections among women across campus.

“A leadership program is important for women because leadership can be lonely and isolating,” said Pearl Alexander, IDEI’s executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. “And it’s probably one of the most challenging experiences that folks have. This investment helps support women in their career growth and advancement. A lot of programs are designed to grow skills. Ours is different in that we are seeking to help women increase their self-awareness. Any leader, male or female needs that. To be a really good leader, you have to know yourself well, know your strengths, your limitations, and possibilities.”

The development of women leaders has been shown to strengthen organizations and businesses, make them better places to work, and enhance the bottom line.

Juli Golemi, the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s director of Innovation Ecosystems in the Economic Development Lab (EDL), recently completed the program as part of the sixth cohort of women leaders.

“I really liked that it was a diverse group of speakers and a diverse group of participants,” Golemi said. “We all came from different backgrounds, representing different units, and we brought our own experiences.”

That diversity is one of the ways a cohort is selected, Alexander said.

The women leaders of the sixth cohort (Photo: Kemi Griffin, Kemi Griffin Photography)

“We develop the cohort with a number of variables in mind including diversity in perspective,” she said. “A lot of the value of the cohort is they’re growing together, they’re learning, and everyone contributes from their experience, from their knowledge base. That really shapes the power of the experience. With Juli, she had experience with international studies. She studied at a European university, as well as domestically. She’s part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, which is doing some very innovative things.”

The two-month program, which paused during the pandemic, roared back to life last fall with 26 participants from across the Georgia Tech campus. Leading Women@Tech launched in 2016 as a result of feedback from the 2012 Climate Assessment Survey, which revealed a desire for more mentoring and networking opportunities for women at Georgia Tech. Since its launch, more than 120 women have participated in the program. It is offered to women at the director level and nominations for the next cohort will open in April.

“Our primary target year over year has been women in that director-level role, because they are the ones who have significant influence in the organization,” Alexander said. “They are usually leading very impactful initiatives, and they’re in the middle in terms of their career trajectories. It’s a pivotal time in their careers.”

The fall 2022 program consisted of in-person and online leadership development, hands-on activities to assess the participants personal leadership styles, and stress relievers including meditation practice.

“The hands-on skill-building sessions in the areas of emotional intelligence and storytelling were the highlights of the program for me,” Golemi said. “We also focused on the practice of mindfulness.  A spiritual teacher guided the group though a couple of meditation sessions. The practical approach of the sessions, followed by stimulating discussions made it an exceptional learning experience.”

The cohort may have completed the active part of the program, but as participants, they are members for life, and will be invited back to future events and programs.

“The program underscored the importance of being a mindful and an intentional leader,” Golemi said. “I lead a very diverse team, so keeping that cultural aspect in mind is where the intentional leading comes in. This program has provided me with the tools and skills necessary to intentionally lead my very talented team in achieving excellence.”

Georgia-AIM Hosts Kick-Off Meeting

Georgia Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing (Georgia-AIM) recently held its initial kick-off meeting in October 2022.

Over a two-day period, more than 100 participants from across the state came to Atlanta to brainstorm, collaborate, and share best practices as the group launched its effort in earnest following its winning of a $65 million award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in September.

Led by the Georgia Institute of Technology and a coalition of private and public partners across the state, Georgia-AIM seeks to reimagine job opportunities and wage growth in economically distressed and underserved rural parts of Georgia by melding artificial intelligence (AI) with manufacturing, an all-too-important segment of the state’s economy. Manufacturing’s economic impact to the state exceeds $60 billion a year and it employs more than 400,000, Georgia Department of Economic Development figures show.

The goal is to develop new opportunities through outreach programs designed to create a transformational Georgia workforce that will embrace artificial intelligence not be mystified or afraid of it, said Donna Ennis, director of Diversity Engagement and Program Development in Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and also director of its Georgia MBDA Business Center. Ennis is leading the effort along with Aaron Stebner, associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Thomas R. Kurfess, executive director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute.

A large part of the the Georgia-AIM effort, which is also focused on serving historically underrepresented and underserved groups, is getting people to understand artificial intelligence goes beyond robots and that it’s not about taking jobs away, but leveraging this ever-evolving technology to create the jobs of the future, Ennis said.

AI is already an integral part of daily life from smart homes and cars to cities and mobile devices, she said.

“We want to demystify what it is,” she said. “We want to be able to show you that there is a place for you in the artificial intelligence world, particularly as it relates to the manufacturing.”

Kick-off event attendees were able to network and get more in-depth presentations regarding the various projects under the Georgia-AIM umbrella. The projects include building automation solutions tailored for rural manufacturers, industry pilot trials, workforce training for AI manufacturing technologies, prototyping labs and studios, curriculum development for K-12 students, and an virtual reality training innovation lab.

In addition to Georgia Tech, the coalition of 12 public-private partners includes:

·       Georgia Department of Community Affairs

·       Georgia Cyber Center

·       Houston County Development Authority

·       KITTLabs

·       Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs

·       Robins Air Force Base 21st Century Partnership

·       Spelman College

·       Southwest Georgia Regional Commission

·       Technologists of Color

·       Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative

·       Technical College System of Georgia

·       University of Georgia

Engage Celebrates Five Years of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

First-of-its-kind program connects high-growth startups with Fortune 500 companies

Engage, the first-of-its-kind collaborative innovation program and venture fund, celebrates five years of connecting startups with leading corporations. Engage, an affiliate program of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, combines strategic capital, a startup growth accelerator, Georgia Tech faculty and resources, and a collaborative network of leading global corporations to create a corporate innovation and startup go-to-market accelerator program that has rocketed the Southeast’s emergence as a leading tech hub. Marty Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco, G.P. “Bud” Peterson, president emeritus of Georgia Tech, and Blake Patton, managing partner of Tech Square Ventures founded the program in 2017. They were joined by nine other founding corporations, including Delta Air Lines, Chik-fil-A, The Home Depot, and UPS.

“As one of the founding corporate partners of Engage, Invesco recognizes the tremendous impact entrepreneurs have on the U.S. economy, and we’re committed to working with the Engage corporate partners to empower their growth in the Southeast region,” said Flanagan. “Through working together with a diverse group of Engage startup founders, we have all benefited from shared innovation, insights into new technology, and invaluable learning opportunities. We look forward to continuing to shape and nurture the growing community of entrepreneurs in Atlanta.”

Blake Patton, managing partner, Tech Square Ventures

Since its founding, Engage has mentored and invested in 10 startup cohorts, a total of 75 companies. Its portfolio companies have inked 116 customer contracts signed with corporate partners. Engage startups have raised more than $2.7 billion in capital after graduating from the program and employ more than 3,000.

“Engage’s aim is to establish Atlanta and the Southeast as the best place in the country for enterprise-focused startups to do business,” said Patton. “Our partners have enabled us to build not only a startup growth accelerator but also an innovation platform that has accelerated corporate innovation and connectivity in the region and helped it to become a premier tech and innovation hub. We are proud that 29 of our startups are headquartered or have team members in Georgia.”

The Engage fund, managed by Tech Square Ventures, invests in companies selected for its Go-To-Market Program. That program, in partnership with Georgia Tech, combines education and one-of-a-kind access to help startups break through the barriers of selling to and partnering with large enterprises.

Engage’s Georgia Tech Faculty Council is comprised of subject matter experts who serve in areas including customer experience, data analytics, supply chain, future of work, and sustainability. They offer advice on which startups should be invited into a cohort and facilitate cross-corporate innovation activities.

“Without a doubt, Engage proves academia can play a significant role in bringing together startups and corporations for innovation,” Raghupathy Sivakumar, the Wayne J. Holman Chair professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the vice president of commercialization and chief commercialization officer for the Institute. “The Engage model of corporate partners, plus startups, plus academia is unparalleled in the country, if not the world. We are actively trying to elevate Engage to even further heights by investing in programs that heavily involve our faculty and students in its activities. We can’t wait to see Engage continue to scale and help propel Georgia Tech as one of the top entrepreneurial universities in the country.”

The support and networking of the Engage program has resulted in tremendous success for Engage companies. Highlights include:

  • The Mom Project, a marketplace connecting enterprises with working mothers, reached 1 million mothers.
  • Moth + Flame, a developer of virtual training technology, appeared on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.
  • Cloverly, an application programming interface (API) that matches digital transactions to equivalent carbon removal, making transactions carbon neutral in real time.
  • Verusen, an AI platform to harmonize materials data and predict inventory in manufacturing supply chains.
  • MetaCX, a network that companies join to manage the expected value from their business, raised a round of $5.1 million, comprised of 14 angel investors, bringing the total capital raised by the company to $33.6 million.
Rachel Carpenter, co-founder and CEO of Intrinio

Rachel Carpenter, co-founder and CEO of Intrinio, a financial technology company and member of the second cohort, would encourage startup leaders who get the chance to go through the Engage program.

“You will receive unprecedented access to some of the largest strategic institutions in the world. We were in one of the early cohorts, and we’re still connected with executives at Intercontinental Exchange, and Invesco, and Goldman Sachs,” she said. “There’s this deep spirit of collaboration. They don’t forget about you and your cohort overnight. They still know who you are, what your technology is, and sometimes years later they come back and re-open the door for you. So doing the program is not just a short-term value. It’s long-term relationships that you’re establishing.”

Despite the success of the last five years, Engage isn’t content to rest on its laurels. Engage looks to expand in the next five years – and beyond, Patton said, into new verticals, while continuing to support its growing portfolio of companies.

About Engage

Engage is a first-of-its-kind innovation platform comprising category-leading corporations in the southeastern United States that have joined forces to support startups and build the future of enterprise. Engage is designed to promote innovation through a network of connections between startups, corporations, university researchers, and the venture community. Engage’s corporate partners include Chick-fil-A, The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Georgia Tech, Goldman Sachs, The Home Depot, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Inspire Brands, Invesco, Invest Georgia, UPS, and Wellstar Health System. These corporate partners, along with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and Tech Square Ventures, provide tools, hands-on support and resources that help startups develop go-to-market strategies, open doors faster and transform strategies into action.  For more information, visit engage.vc.

Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Donna Ennis at Gala

Verónica Maldonado-Torres (left), president and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, presents the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s Donna Ennis with the President’s Award – Partner in the Promise at its 34th Annual Awards Gala. (Photo: Péralte C. Paul)

The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest organization for the interests of Latino business owners, awarded Donna M. Ennis, C.P.F., with its President’s Award – Partner in the Promise at its 34th Annual Awards Gala, for her work in helping to expand opportunity for minority businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

The annual gala highlights those leaders in Georgia who have made significant contributions in promoting and supporting Hispanic businesses. It also recognizes those who help foster stronger ties between non-Hispanic entities and the Hispanic market. Ennis and other awardees were fêted at a dinner banquet August 28 in Downtown Atlanta.

 

Ennis is director of diversity engagement and program development at the Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s economic development and growth arm. She leads efforts to find funding and program opportunities, particularly those with a focus on underrepresented and underserved communities and organizations. She also is director of the Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, one of the Enterprise Innovation Institute’s programs. As director, Ennis has assisted clients secure in excess of $3.5 billion in contracts, financing, and sales, and create or save more than 6,000.

 

For Ennis, who has been at Georgia Tech since 1992, the award is a reflection of Georgia Tech’s commitment to helping foster positive economic development across all communities in Georgia and the value of collaboration. “The award demonstrates the tenacity that we’ve had at Georgia Tech in terms of developing partnerships in the community,” Ennis said. “It really shows that we have a commitment to the minority business community, the Hispanic business community and all the communities we serve as part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute in fulfillment of our economic development mission for the state of of Georgia.”

 

The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was a major partner for the coronavirus relief funding award that the Georgia MBDA Business Center received, Ennis said, explaining that support helped her team serve more than 1,500 minority-owned businesses via technical assistance services, resources, access to capital, and leverage its network for strategic growth opportunities.

 

Such collaborations are important, Ennis said, because while minority businesses have made advances, work still remains toward getting greater access.

 

“Statistics show we still have not reached parity,” she said. “Minority businesses still struggle for capital and opportunity. We still don’t have equitable access. There is still quite a bit of disparity. So these organizations are very necessary to make sure that we work toward equitable access for our businesses and our communities.”

Enterprise 6 Internship Project Listing Summer 2022

  • Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR)
    This position will be assisting the research professionals at the Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR) with gathering and analyzing data related to various community-level contract research projects. Typical projects include labor force analysis, strategic planning, economic and/or fiscal impact analysis, and community resilience. Examples of tasks may include working with spreadsheet data, GIS analysis, data visualization, demographic analysis, and survey evaluation.
    cedr.gatech.edu

 

  • Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) – Communications/Marketing
    The Enterprise Innovation Institute is Georgia Tech’s economic development arm and comprised of 14 different programs. The ideal student for this position is someone with a strong creative background — ideally one majoring/minoring in marketing or design. The student will work on creating collateral materials (pull-up banners, one-pagers, posters, etc.), some stories, and helping us build a strategy around growing our social media channels’ audiences.
    innovate.gatech.edu

 

  • Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) – International Strategic Plan
    In the last 10 years, EI2 has implemented economic capacity development projects in over 20 countries on five continents. These efforts have been both in response to external inquires and to targeted outreach efforts using elements of a draft strategic plan. This Enterprise 6 project will focus on collecting data and structuring a long-term international strategic plan complete with plans for funding and staffing. Skills required would be the ability to collect and analyze data from the multiple different units within EI2 and external public sources. Also the ability to identify and classify the major areas of services provided.
    innovate.gatech.edu

 

  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Industry 4.0 and Advanced Manufacturing
    Assist Senior Project Managers within the GaMEP for Industry 4.0 and Advanced Technology implementation projects. This includes support project scoping, technology scouting and facilitating technology onboarding support for the GaMEP manufacturing clients throughout Georgia. Specific project work includes sensors and data collection for predictive maintenance, IoT, edge computing, AI, digital twinning, robotics, and additive manufacturing. Tasks will include manufacturing site visits and assisting with researching and selection technology solutions to manufacturing needs.
    gamep.org

 

  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Marketing to Manufacturers
    Looking for a student that is interested in getting more experience in marketing. As part of the program, this student will be creating marketing collateral, writing stories, working on social media, making updates to websites, updating content for SEO, pulling metrics, and more. This student will support initiatives under the three Industry Services programs (GaMEP, SHES, and SETAAC) that serve manufacturers. The student will work closely and learn from a robust marketing team and will report to the Group Manager of Marketing. The student should either be seeking a major or minor in marketing and/or have marketing experience for a club, society, or other initiative.
    gamep.org

 

  • Georgia MBDA Business Center – National MBE Manufacturers’ Summit
    The 6th annual Summit is scheduled for August 21-23, 2022. This project management support role will touch all aspects of the planning of the event, including contacting national level speakers, organizing a tour event, developing content for the website and program booklet, and promoting the event through social media and press releases.
    mbemanufacturersummit.com/

 

  • Innovation Ecosystems – Web Developer
    The Innovation Ecosystems team is seeking a creative web developer who would help update the unit’s websites. The successful applicant will be responsible for the planning, design, and updates of two websites. The student will also contribute to the development of marketing and promotional materials design and content. The ideal candidate for this position is a student who is seeking a degree in marketing.
    grow.gatech.edu

 

  • Innovation Ecosystems – Researcher
    The position entails performing various research and analysis tasks as part of the Innovation Ecosystems team. Under the direction of a project manager, the successful candidate will focus primarily in collecting data from internal and external sources, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and summarizing the findings in a draft report.
    grow.gatech.edu

 

  • Measuring University Performance (MUP)
    This student position will be requiring data analytic, excellent writing and communication skills to perform an evaluation regarding the measuring of university performance. This project will require a final report that contains information about the potential customer demand as well as competitive landscape for a consolidated performance report on the metrics of the top U.S. research universities. Responsibilities will include interfacing with top level academic leadership in understanding their perceived value of a metric report as suggested. It will also include looking at potential funding sources, and optimum data delivery format if the project is identified as desirable to a specific (to be identified) population. This process will include some internal training on our Customer Discovery process as well as familiarity with several databases to be able to assemble an investigative report.

 

  • Partnership for Inclusive Innovation – Marketing and Communications
    The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation is looking for a Marketing and Communications Intern to provide content creation for our PIN pillars – Community Research, Student Engagement, Economic Opportunity, and Workforce Development. Intern will collaborate with the PIN team to create content for social media, monthly newsletter, and website. Ideal intern candidate will have excellent communication and writing skills, experience developing engaging social media content on platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn, be comfortable conducting external interviews, and work well independently as well as with team members. Daily duties may include:

    • Planning and developing social media calendar and posts
    • External interviews with students, partners, and others
    • Assist PIN team with marketing and media relations initiatives as needed
      pingeorgia.org

 

  • ScaleUp Lab and 404 Deep-Tech Project
    Operations and design intern will assist with logistics and set-up for showcase and other events by managing attendee lists, participate in planning and execution and serve as a general resource. Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to write professional communication and produce reports and design content are required.

 

  • Southeast MBDA Business Growth Hub – Business Support Organizations
    The Hub is a pilot program, creating a blended network of entrepreneur ecosystems and resources to support minority business enterprises in eight southern states. On this project you will work with business support organizations (BSOs) to spread awareness of the Hub and introduce the benefits to organizations such as MBDA Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, incubators, accelerators, and more.
    businessgrowthhub.gatech.edu/