The Innovation District is a comprehensive ecosystem of places, programs, and people all working together to foster entrepreneurship through the commercialization of ideas.
At the University of Georgia, we bring together thinkers, dreamers, and doers to reach their full commercial potential through a vibrant, creative, and supportive ecosystem. The Innovation District connects you with people, places, and programs that help you take the next step towards commercializing your idea or invention. We take on challenges from multiple angles, shape discoveries into marketable solutions, provide customizable problem-solving, and educate tomorrow’s entrepreneurs to be skilled, experienced, and versatile. Through this, we drive economic development with novel solutions.
It’s about prosperity. It’s about collaboration. It’s about innovation that drives commercial success.
Where is it located?
The heart of the Innovation District is developing along the interface of UGA’s North Campus and downtown Athens where the district can grow alongside the Classic City’s vibrant art, music, and food scene.
The Innovation District includes:
- Entrepreneurial mentorship and coaching
- Accelerator programs for early-stage ideas
- Training, tools, and resources for small businesses
- Pitch decks, co-working and collision areas, and conference rooms
- Offices for startup companies
- Community building activities and social events
Goals of the District
The Innovation District is to become a leading driver of economic development and community impact through innovation, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning.
Accelerating research commercialization
to enable our ideas and inventions to make the greatest impact on society.
Expanding university-industry collaboration
to leverage the strengths of academia and business for developing commercial ventures.
Elevating public and private investment
to provide our entrepreneurs with funding and mentorship to turn their ideas and inventions into successful ventures.
Connecting campus and community entrepreneurs and innovators
to strengthen the creative culture and technology-based economy of our community.