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TI:GER® Collaborates with Life Sciences Commercialization Program in Denmark

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Four TI:GER MBA students traveled to Copenhagen to collaborate with the BioBusiness and Innovation Program in conjunction with the Copenhagen Business School. The TI:GER students are integrated into the Danish teams to produce business plans for new biotech companies.

TI:GER Welcomes Gerry Seery


Gerry Seery is TI:GER’s latest faculty addition, serving as our Life Sciences Commercialization Advisor. He brings over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry with a proven track record of launching new products. He will be an invaluable asset to our TI:GER teams as we continue to grow and develop in the life sciences. Welcome Gerry!  

TI:GER Team LymphaTech Wins Pitch Off Competition

Lymphatech wins!

Who says we can't beat them Dawgs? Once again a  TI:GER team took first place at the Pitch-off Competition against UGA's Entrepreneurial Ventures. Mike Weiler of LymphaTech (pictured above) won the first place prize for $1000, and fellow TI:GER teams Dynaglass and FloMera made the finals. Each team presented their story with a three-minute fast pitch using only three slides. Cash prizes were awarded by and a local investor, Jerry Recht.

Dr. Marie Thursby Serves on National Academy of Engineering Expert Panel


Dr. Thursby was part of an expert panel at this year’s annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering. The panel addressed issues related to the importance of retaining top engineering talent to US competitiveness. She promoted programs like TI:GER that allow engineering students to expand their knowledge base and become more competitive in the business world. 

TI:GER® Adopts the Business Model Canvas

Steve and Margi

Margi Berbari, TI:GER's Georgia Tech Program Director, ventured to Stanford University this summer to become a certified Lean Launchpad Educator. The course was taught by Steve Blank, the renowned expert in the business model canvas and lean start-up methodology. This approach to startup businesses has swept the nation with its shift from the traditional business plan to a more iterative process using the business model canvas, popularized by the book, Business Model Generation.

TI:GER Kicks Off its 13th Class

First Year Ropes

After years at Berry College's Ropes Course, the first year TI:GER teams tackled the new Leadership Challenge Course at Georgia Tech! This annual team-building tradition is always a favorite and a great bonding experience for the newly-formed teams. Our nine new teams cover a broad range of disciplines, including biology, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. 

Alumni News

David Cummings Speaks at the Fifth Annual Alumni Reunion

David Speaks

TI:GER alumni, faculty and industry advisors mixed and mingled at our fifth annual reunion in August. Over 60 attendees were treated to a great speech by David Cummings, Atlanta entrepreneur and founder of Atlanta Tech Village, about his former and current efforts to grow the local start-up community. Thanks to all those who were able to attend! 

New Alumni Employment

Congratulations to the TI:GER alumni on their recent job changes.

  • Scott Kammlade, JD ‘11 is now in-house counsel at AirWatch
  • Stephen Kunen, JD ’11 has a new position at Cittone & Chinta LLP where he is conducting trademark prosecution matters and preparing terms of service agreements for mobile and web based apps.
  • Laura Hall, MBA ’09 is now Digital & Marketing Manager for Essential Cloud, a Cox Business solution which is a cloud-based app service for SMBs.

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TI:GER Alumni Survey Results

Special thanks to all of our alumni who participated in our 2013 Survey

Here are some interesting preliminary statistics: 

  • 88% of respondents said TI:GER helped them work professionally on interdisciplinary team. 
  • 25% of respondents are currently working at a start-up company or have started their own company
  • 62% of respondents plan on working at a start-up company or starting their own company when the time is right

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