Historic Athens Award:
Historic Athens Award for Outstanding Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Building by Historic Athens. Presented during the 52nd annual Historic Athens Preservation Awards.
“The adaptive reuse journey has been transformational and exciting—especially locating the historic spring access hatch under a layer of concrete and celebrating the spring with informative displays and a new video,” said Gwynne Darden, associate vice president for facilities planning.
“Innovation District representatives Kyle Tschepikow and Ian Biggs provided critical guidance on how the programmed space needed to function,” said Scott Messer, director of historic preservation in the Office of University Architects.
Delta Innovation Hub Dedication:
The University of Georgia dedicated the Delta Innovation Hub in a ceremony held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, recognizing The Delta Air Lines Foundation’s support for innovation and entrepreneurship at UGA. The foundation committed $5 million to provide capital support for the Hub as well as funding for the Student Industry Fellows Program and the College of Engineering’s Student Success Center.
“Innovation has always been central to Delta’s success, and we share that dedication with our partners at UGA, whose outstanding alumni and exceptional work have long benefited our communities,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “This exciting new area on campus is helping to power that spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship into the future, and it’s an honor to collaborate with UGA on this important work.”
Georgia Bio Community Award 2022:
Ian Biggs leads all activities related to faculty research-driven startups for Innovation Gateway. The program supports researchers and entrepreneurs seeking to establish companies to develop new products and services based on UGA research discoveries. The economic impact of job creation through the startup program is estimated at $322 million annually in the state of Georgia and $531 million annually across the United States.
Phoenix Award 2022:
Celebrating the best industry/academic collaborations. In 2021 The Delta Air Lines Foundation and UGA partnered in an effort to support innovation and entrepreneurship. UGA dedicated space as the Delta Innovation Hub as well as starting the Student Industry Fellows Program.
“The support from The Delta Air Lines Foundation for the University of Georgia Innovation District is a stellar example of how public-private partnerships support the continued growth and success of solving problems locally and internationally, starting right here in Georgia,” said David Hartnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber’s chief economic development officer and Georgia Bio board member.
#1 in AUTM’s national ranking for new products to market FY19:
This latest survey is based on data from fiscal year 2019. With 53 products reaching the market, UGA is once again the No. 1 institution in the country for new research-based products brought to market by industry partners. This marks the seventh straight year UGA has placed among the top five schools in the country for this metric.
“These rankings line up with industry interest in licensing the kinds of innovation emerging from UGA research labs,” said Derek Eberhart, associate vice president for research and executive director of Innovation Gateway. “On the startup side, we’re proud of the number of new startups, but also the number of companies still active. Our philosophy is not just to start a bunch of companies—it’s to help nurture those projects to the point where it’s clear that, yes, it’s time to start a company and there’s a viable path forward.”
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Innovation Gateway’s startup team the Federal and State Technology grant. Powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the FAST Partnership Program is a competitive grant program for organizations that work with small businesses in underrepresented and disadvantaged areas. The FAST grant will provide Innovation Gateway with $125,000 per year for three years to support applications for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, which are awarded to startup businesses engaged in developing advanced technologies.
“At Innovation Gateway, we work with anywhere from 30 to 130 businesses based on faculty-driven research. This grant will help cover some of the upfront cost of the grant process and be used to support outreach events within the state,” said Ian Biggs, director of Gateway’s startup program.