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Nearly $1 Million in Startup Funding from SBIR for Accelereyes, Syzygy,  Agile Genomics, and AlpZhi

Who says startups can't get funded? Well, that's not the case with TI:GER Accelelarated companies, Syzygy , Accelereyes, Agile Genomics, and AlpZhi, who were recently awarded nearly $1 million in SBIR grants.



TI:GER Team Syzygy Memory Plastics (Class 2009) Evolves Into Full-fledged Company Raising Nearly a $1M 


Syzygy Memory Plastics founders met in the first year of the TI:GER program where they began by taking 2nd place in Georgia Tech's Business Plan Competition.



AlpZhi on the Rise


AlpZhi, after winning 1st place ($10,000 cash) and the Most Innovative Award($10,000 in services) last spring in Georgia Tech's Business Plan Competition recently received a $25,000 grant from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and $150,000 Phase I S BIR from NSF, and were just accepted as an ATDC member company.



AccelerEyes Reaches 1,000 Customer Mark

Not only did AccelerEyes move out of the TI:GER lab last year into its own space at ATDC, it also now boasts nearly 10,000 trials and 1,000 paying customers and has 15 employees.


Sentrinsic Launches New Product

i Under the guidance of COO Dave Beck (MBA 2005), Sentrinsic recently launched a new energy-efficient product aimed at dramatically reducing the cost of operating industrial pumps. The product uses Sentrinsic's patented sensor technology combined with an innovative control algorithm the company developed in-house. More exciting energy-saving products are right around the corner.





Alumni Reunion Was a Hit

TI:GER alums, faculty and industry advisors mixed and mingled at our second annual reunion in August. Over 60 folks showed up to talk about old TI:GER times and catch up on new jobs, families, etc. Check out the photos - see any familiar faces? 

Alumni Survey

We need your help! We are aiming for 100% participation from our alums to complete an electronic survey later this fall. You can make a difference with just 5 minutes of your time. This info is critical for keeping our curriculum relevant and fresh.


Alumni Updates 
  • Bill Samuels (JD 2006) has been providing legal services on his own since January 2010 and is working with an exciting San Francisco-based startup, DentBetty. DentBetty has considerable recognition for their web-based platform that allows people to receive car body damage repair estimates by uploading a photo.
  • Jim McDonough (JD 2007) struck out on his own recently to set up The McDonough Law Group LLC.
  • Dan Baker (MBA 2009) was recently promoted to Associate at Booz Allen and is leading efforts in the growth of a Scientific Project Management and Laboratory Operations team the Atlanta office.
  • Laura Hall (MBA 2009) accepted a new position with Hewitt Associates as a Sales Consultant with their compensation team.
  • Yash Kolambkar (PhD 2009) is working with a startup, Reactive Diagnostics, which has been selected as a finalist in the SE Bio's Business Competition. They will be presenting at the SEBIO Investor Forum on Nov 4.
  • Andy Strickland (JD 2010) recently started working with a law firm, Knobbe Medical, and reports they have a helpful resource for startup medical device companies.





TI:GER Kicks Off Its 9th Class

We kicked off our new crop of teams in October at Berry College with a ropes challenge course. This annual team-building event is always a favorite and a great bonding experience for the newly-formed teams. 

The 6 new teams cover a broad range including chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer, mechanical, and biomedical engineering. 




Second Year Teams Assist ATDC Companies


Second year TI:GER teams are doing projects with 5 early stage companies from ATDC, Georgia's award- winning technology incubator located at Tech Square. Project activities include such tasks as researching new markets, performing a feasibility analysis, interviewing prospective customer, performing IP searches and more.





TI:GER Industry Advisory Board Meeting Is November 15-16

TI:GER advisors will once again come together to review the second year teams' final projects. The board is composed of entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys, as well as individuals from larger corporations, such as Dow Chemical.


TI:GER Teams Compete with UGA at Second Pitch-off 
11/29 5:00 – 7:30 – Mark your calendar now!

im Who says we can’t beat them Dawgs? Our second year teams will Pitch-off in a competition with UGA’s Entrepreneurial Ventures.  Each team will present their story with a three-minute Fast pitch using just three slides! 

Cash prizes up to $1500 will be awarded along with a local investor, Jerry Recht. Come cheer us on – due to popular demand, we will be holding this event at ATDC in the Hodges Room to accommodate a larger audience. Contact Margi Berbari if you would like to attend.