So what if Stephen Fleming threw a party, and everybody came – including Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson? That was just about the experience at Monday’s ATDC Startup Showcase, which doubled as both the 2010 commencement event for a new class of graduates, and a celebration of the ATDC’s 30-year anniversary. In addition to featuring more than 40 ATDC member companies, the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center was filled with investors, professors, entrepreneurs and local startup celebs. It was an afternoon of innovation wrapped up by a special edition of the monthly Startup Drinks event – truly something for everyone who attended… And as if on-cue for the anniversary, the ATDC was also recently named one of the “Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World” by Forbes Magazine – alongside such luminaries as the new-generation Y Combinator, and the world-renowned Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Forbes noted the ATDC has launched more than 120 companies over the last 30 years and has helped raise more than $1B in outside funding for member companies.
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