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Half of the companies included on the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) 2014 “Top 40 Innovative Technology Company” list have direct connections to the Georgia Institute of Technology. TAG selected the 40 technology companies based on their “innovation, financial impact and their efforts at spreading awareness of the state’s technology initiatives…”
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The Centergy Building in Technology Square is home to the ATDC, Georgia Tech's accelerator for technology companies.
Ten of the 40 companies are either graduates or current members of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia Tech’s incubator for technology companies. Nine companies, including two of the ATDC firms, are headed by Georgia Tech alumni. Other companies have connections through a student founder, faculty advisor or research collaboration.
The ATDC graduates are Accelarad, Emcien Corporation, Innovolt, MessageGears and Patientco. Current ATDC companies include Azalea Health, Rigor, Sensiotec, SoftWear Automation and Springbot. The “Top 40 Innovative Technology” companies showcased their products and services at the TAG Georgia Technology Summit held in March at the Cobb Galleria Center.
“Through the accomplishments of alumni entrepreneurs, the assistance of ATDC and other connections, Georgia Tech is contributing to the state’s economy through the development of innovative technology companies, ” said Stephen Fleming, Georgia Tech vice president and executive director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute which oversees the ATDC. “The companies selected by TAG demonstrate the broad-based impact Georgia Tech has on the state’s technology community.”
The 40 companies chosen for the honor were selected from among 120 applications submitted by companies from across Georgia.
“The 2014 Top 40 finalists are an elite group of innovators who represent the very best of Georgia’s technology community, ” Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG, said in the organization’s news release on the companies. “The 2014 Top 40 finalists are shining examples of what makes our state such a hotbed for technology, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community.”
In addition to the ATDC incubator, Georgia Tech also operates the VentureLab program to help researchers spin off companies from the Institute’s research program. Other efforts aimed at startup companies include Flashpoint, an accelerator for technology companies, and the NSF I-Corps program, which helps faculty develop companies from research funded by the National Science Foundation.