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The TI:GER® curriculum consists of three core courses that provide instruction on technology commercialization processes with a focus on intellectual property/ technology law and business fundamentals.

Students form interdisciplinary teams in the beginning of fall semester. They are composed of one Georgia Tech PhD candidate, two Georgia Tech MBA students, and two Emory Law students. These teams work together throughout the entire program on numerous projects. These projects are based on the PhD candidates’ research including an industry analysis, commercialization strategy and plan, and a business model canvas. To earn the certificate in Technology Commercialization each student must take 12 credit hours (which includes the 9 hours for the core classes). PhDs can earn the certificate by taking Principles of Management Course (MGT 6753). MBAs are invited to choose from the list of electives below (the course may not be used towards another certificate).

MGT 6830 Fundamentals of Innovation I

Fundamentals of Innovation I is the first of the three core courses covering various techniques and approaches of the innovation process. Issues explored will include identifying market and technological opportunities, competitive market analysis, the process of technology commercialization, intellectual property protection, and interdisciplinary team dynamics.

MGT 6831 Fundamentals of Innovation II

The Seminar on the Fundamentals of Innovation II is the second of the three core course sequence covering the concepts of the technology commercialization process. The course focuses on making the new venture or licensing decision; building on the industry analysis and intellectual property assignments from fall semester by initiating customer development; developing marketing strategies; learning  valuation strategies; developing project plans;  and understanding the impact of legal decisions in business. This course modifies or expands the commercialization plan to produce a business model canvas.  The final deliverables are a written and oral presentation of the overall commercialization strategy. The prerequisite for this course is MGT 6830.

MGT 6832 Technology Commercialization

Special Topics in Technology Commercialization is the third course in the TI:GER core curriculum and offered in the fall semester of the second year of the program. Students in 6832 will continue to modify, expand and polish their commercialization plan.  Students will engage with practitioners from the technology business community as guest speakers and mentors while participating in various events and competitions.  Optional projects with more downstream companies from Georgia Tech’s Venture Lab and incubator, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) are available. Prerequisites are MGT 6830 and MGT 6831.


TI:GER's fourth course, Special Problems in Management, MGT 8903 can be taken in order to complete the requirements needed for the certificate or you may choose a course from the list below:

MGT 6059 Emerging Technologies

MGT 6086 Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity

MGT 6165 Venture Creation

MGT 6326 Collaborative Product Development

MGT 6663 Technology Strategy

MGT 6664 - Managing Innovation

MGT 6667 - Strategic Entrepreneurship

MGT 8803 Managing Innovation

MGT 8803 Strategic Entrepreneurship

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