Below are some helpful local resources that can help your startup.
The UGA Startup program can assist in the formation of single member LLC.
For a multi-member LLC or a C-Corp, these local law firms have experience in business formation:
University Related IP
UGA’s Innovation Gateway is a one-stop-shop for any UGA related IP. Please contact them if you are:
- UGA Faculty/Staff looking to commercialize a product of your research/work
- Planning on working with UGA IP in your startup and need a licensing agreement
- Are an Undergraduate student who would like to assign your IP to UGA
Learn more about Innovation Gateway and it’s services here.
Below are some law firms that specialize in IP Prosecution.
Apply for Pro-Bono Patent Services (READ QUALIFICATIONS):
The RegRoadmap service, provided by the Georgia CTSA, offers Georgia faculty investigators expert advice on how to design a strategic plan that effectively navigates the FDA regulatory requirements and launches an innovation to market. The goal of the RegRoadmap initiative is to provide investigators with the knowledge and tools to reduce friction with the FDA, and increase speed to market.
Developing an effective regulatory strategy is a complex process. To address varying levels of investigator regulatory fluency, the RegRoadmap service offers 3-tier regulatory strategy support:
Tier 1: CTSA website page with links to presentations provides general one-size-fits-all info for novice faculty members .
Tier 2: Conversation and several hours of guidance with regulatory expert who vets projects to determine regulatory “readiness”
Tier 3: Projects that have been pre-vetted through Tier 2 are eligible for in depth one-on-one guidance a scholarship to pay for a formal written 1 page “Regulatory Assessment”
To schedule a RegRoadmap consultation, please contact Maren.Parsell@emory.edu
Below are banking services that have services geared towards startup companies:
The BizGrants service, provided by the Georgia CTSA, offers Georgia faculty investigators expert peer advice on how to effectively write applications for two types of specialized small business grants offered through the federal government; the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).
This service is intended to help entrepreneurial investigators who seek advice from fellow faculty who have successfully secured SBIR/STTR funding as they navigate the commercialization path to market.
In addition to expert advice, BizGrants holds an annual RFA to fund 2 pilot grant awards each worth $20k. Awardees are required to submit a follow-on SBIR and/or STTR application within one year of receipt of the pilot grant.
Below are Product Development Firms that will work with startups, from coming up with a design, creating prototypes, to scaling and sourcing for manufacture:
- Slingshot PDG
- Kickr Design
- GCMI – D2 Labs (Medical Devices)
Below are graphic designers and website creators who will work with startups to establish their online presence and brand messaging:
- Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
- Innovation Gateway Incubator
- Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer Presentation
- Georgia Research Alliance (GRA)
- Licensing Executives Society
- National Academy of Inventors
- Quick Guide to IP and Commercialization
- Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
- SBIR/STTR On-Line Tutorials
- Technology Transfer and the Bayh-Dole Act
- UGA IP Policy
- UGA NSF I-Corps
- UGA Research Foundation (UGARF)
- U.S. Copyright Office
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- World Intellectual Property Organization