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How do I apply to the TI:GER® Program?

The applications for evening and fulltime MBAs are available on the website at http://tinyurl.com/applytotiger 

How do you select applicants?
You must first be accepted into Georgia Tech’s MBA Program. There is no set formula for TI:GER® acceptance and a variety of factors are considered.  We review the application materials and your ability to communicate how the program would benefit you. Prior work experience is heavily considered.  If you pass this preliminary review, TI:GER faculty will schedule an interview with you. If you live out of state, a video (i.e. Skype) interview is acceptable.
When will I be notified of my acceptance?
Applications are considered throughout the year.
What is Emory University Law School’s role in the program?
This is a joint program between Georgia Tech and Emory University Law School.  There are two law students on each interdisciplinary team.  Emory faculty is involved in teaching portions of the program, primarily intellectual property, contracts, licensing, and other law related topics.  Additionally, nearly one half of the classes are held at the law school.
How long does the program last?
TI:GER requires each participant to take the three core courses, which are offered sequentially beginning in the fall of every year, and an optional fourth course if you are pursuing the Technological Innovation certificate. More information is available on the curriculum website.
Do the required TI:GER® courses impact my electives?
Yes, the 9 required hours of TI:GER® credit will go toward your elective hours. You will need to take 12 credit hours to receive the TI:GER certificate. Full-time MBAs are recommended (not required) to substitute the TI:GER® course for one of the core courses and schedule that core course later in your program. Contact the TI:GER Program Director for more information.
What is my time commitment?
The TI:GER® curriculum is at the graduate level and the course requirements are commensurate with most courses at this level. You should expect to spend on average 8-10 hours per week comprised of class time, team meetings, readings, and assignments. As with any course, the time will vary from week to week depending on the timing of your deliverables.

What types of projects/technology areas are represented in the program?
PhDs from Georgia Tech’s Colleges of Engineering, Computing, and Sciences are all eligible to participate so the projects vary from year to year based on the specific PhDs enrolled in the program. Over the years a large percentage of the projects have been from the biotech/biomedical area. Additionally, recent projects include robotics, composite materials, sensors, assistive technologies, and more.
What topics/projects are covered in the curriculum?
Projects include discovering market opportunities, industry analysis, intellectual property analysis, marketing strategies, company valuation, and commercialization strategy and planning. If the project warrants it, a business plan is developed in the final semester.
How do the teams function? Who is on my team?
This is a team based curriculum. Your PhD team member’s research/technology is the nucleus of the content. Teams are self-selected during the first few weeks of the program and are comprised of two law students (Emory), a PhD candidate (GA Tech), and two MBAs (GA Tech).  You will stay with the same team members throughout the program and, as a team, work toward the commercialization of your team’s technology/research.
Am I expected to start a company as a part of the program?
No, this is an education program; however the program projects and deliverables are based on the actual research of your PhD team member.  You will explore its potential application and learn how to best take this research to a marketplace that can demonstrate a real commercial opportunity. It is unlikely that the research will be far enough along to actually make a product and/or form a company.  However, there are a few students who have started a company based on their team’s research and there are numerous TI:GER® graduates that are involved in start-up companies.
If I’m not starting a company now, how will this program benefit me?
TI:GER® students have been successful in using their acquired information and real hands-on project work experience as differentiators in their job interviews. The program is highly regarded as great experience for consulting, as well as with innovative companies who have significant internal product development or an “intrapreneurial” environment. Additionally, you have the opportunity to build a strong network with local entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and other service providers in biotech, IT, engineering, and software.
Are there any external/networking opportunities?
The TI:GER® program and staff have numerous contacts within the Atlanta technology community, including angel investors, serial entrepreneurs, and service providers in the marketing, finance and legal professions. These individuals serve as guest lecturers, team mentors, and on the TI:GER® Advisory Board. You also attend outside lectures sponsored by, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Start-Up Lounge, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and others. TI:GER® teams are encouraged to enter Business Plan Competitions and are coached by TI:GER® faculty and mentors.