The University of Georgia was founded on a truly innovative idea:

To bring the transformative power of higher education to the public. In doing so, we change the lives of individuals, strengthen communities and foster economic vitality.

Today, the birthplace of public higher education in America continues to fulfill its historic promise. Our innovation ecosystem brings talented faculty and students from a range of disciplines together to turn ideas into inventions, startup companies and solutions to some of the world’s grand challenges.

Innovation Ecosystem

Plans for the Future

The Innovation District is in development at the interface of historic North Campus and downtown Athens. The District, which will encompass multiple parcels of university land, will provide an integrated set of facilities that will inspire collaboration, discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Innovation Gateway

Innovation Gateway helps University of Georgia researchers move their discoveries into the marketplace through licensing and startup formation. More than 175 companies have been created based on UGA research.

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Entrepreneurship Program

The Entrepreneurship Program combines classroom instruction with experiential learning to equip students with the knowledge and skills to launch their own startup venture.

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Innovation District Taskforce Initiative

The University of Georgia’s Innovation District Task Force 2018 report outlines a strategic vision and corresponding action steps to create a hub—or district—on campus to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and industry collaboration.