Making Innovation Work
Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI
Moving Technologies from Lab to Market
Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results, or TI
Electronic medical records, cardiovascular drugs, prosthetic legs, water-testing devices – our students have worked on the commercialization of all of these through TI
TI:GER’s Five Key Benefits
Practical, Hands-on Experience
Mergerof Classroom and High-tech Laboratory Environments
Exposure to Top Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Attorneys
Teams have placed in multiple competitions, including the Rice Business Plan Competition, the world’s largest tournament for graduate students.
The TI:GER Experience
TI:GER participants attend courses as a “community of students,” with course assignments driving the TI:GER team activities. Courses expose students to leading thinkers and practitioners in the areas of technology commercialization and include guest speakers, a business lab, retreats, and workshops.
Built to Inspire and Innovate
The TI:GER Curriculum
– Patterns of Technological Change
– Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
– Developing the IP Strategy
– Discovering and Framing the Market Opportunity
– Entrepreneurial Finance
– Commercialization Planning
– Fundamentals of Business Associations
– Start-Up Business Planning and the Path to Profitability
– Be involved in creating new knowledge at the intersection of business, law, and technology innovation.
– Get practical experience in a technical research environment and in new product innovation processes.
– Learn to work effectively on a multidisciplinary team.
– Get to know leading business executives, entrepreneurs, and IP and technology lawyers.
– Gain a competitive advantage in the post-graduate job market.
Competition Breeds Success
Many TI:GER teams enjoy participating in various business plan competitions, and they are often quite successful. In fact, one TI:GER PhD graduate started a company based on the work of his TI:GER team after they won first prize – $30,000 in cash and services – at the Georgia Tech Business Plan Competition.
Another TI:GER team recently won first place at the ETG Venture Competition, and others have won awards at the I2P Commercialization Plan Competition, the New Venture Championship, and the Rice University Business Plan Competition.
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“Many of our TI:GER professors teach in TI:GER specifically to find future employees. They know that students who sign up tend to be motivated and team-oriented.”
“The TI:GER Program goes far beyond an academic program and changed how I approached my legal education. It helped me get out of the classroom, test my ideas, and establish real connections with leading experts from a variety of fields.”
“TI:GER helped me understand the business potential of research through the curriculum, teamwork, and networking. Getting to interact with other entrepreneurs in Atlanta and beyond has been great. I’ve undoubtedly met people who could help with any obstacle we might encounter.”