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College of Management and Advanced Technology Development Center Enhance Entrepreneurial Path for Executive MBA Students

Georgia Tech College of Management, in collaboration with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), has developed a new partnership for enhancing the training of aspiring entrepreneurs in the College’s Executive MBA in Management of Technology program.

Set to launch in early 2012, Executive MBA in Management of Technology students will have the chance to work closely with existing startups on real-life managerial challenges unique to creating and growing a business in the technology industry. This partnership provides access to startups that will enhance the training these students currently receive. Ultimately, students will be better equipped with the skills required to prepare a compelling business plan for technology ventures, approach prospective investors and get a business launched. Throughout the six-month course, teams of four to five students will pair up with three hand-picked ATDC member companies to develop a financial plan, business plan and investor presentations.

“This program will benefit both the students and the participating startups,” said Hezi Moore, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at ATDC and one of the developers of the course. “A lot of companies pay significantly to get experts to provide this type of business insight and market research, so there are certainly a number of fledgling startups that don’t have the resources or capability and could benefit from working with experienced technology managers in the Executive MBA program.”

Georgia Tech College of Management leaders say the new program helps to strengthen the high quality of the business school's courses and establish the college as one of the foremost centers for managing innovation and corporate entrepreneurship.

“We provide our students significant experience in the creation of new technology enterprises, and this new program will enrich the expertise they gain,” said Steve Salbu, Dean of Georgia Tech College of Management. “Startups play an essential role in creating new jobs and growing the economy.  We look forward to seeing the business opportunities that emerge from this program.”

About ATDC

The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia. Founded in 1980, ATDC helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful technology companies by providing coaching, connections and community. Through business incubation and acceleration services, ATDC has supported the creation of hundreds of technology companies that have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing. Headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square, ATDC members benefit from a close proximity to Georgia Tech and connections with other Georgia research universities. It was named one of the “10 technology incubators that are changing the world” by Forbes Magazine.

About Georgia Tech College of Management
The intersection of business and technology has always been at the heart of the College of Management. Leveraging Georgia Institute of Technology’s strengths in entrepreneurship and technology innovation, the College of Management grounds students in critical thinking and teaches them to perform in highly technological and global environments. Ranked highly in multiple major media listings, the College offers Undergraduate, Full-time MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA in Management of Technology, Global Executive MBA, and PhD programs, as well as various non-degree Executive Education programs.

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