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"ATDC" redirects here. For the Michigan Tech building, see Advanced Technology Development Complex.The Advanced Technology Development Center is a science and business incubator in Georgia. It is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is headquartered in Technology Square. ATDC was formed in 1980 to stimulate growth in Georgia's technology business base, and admitted its first member company in 1981. It now has locations in Atlanta and Savannah. In 2011, ATDC expanded its mission by merging with Georgia Tech’s VentureLab and with the Georgia SBIR Assistance Program. ATDC has opened its membership to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia, from those at the earliest conception stage to the well-established, venture-fundable companies.More than 120 companies started there, including firms such as MindSpring and TransNexus. Sponsored companies have created almost 51,000 man-years of employment, generated over $12.7 billion revenue, generated over $100 million in profit to Georgia, and raised over $1 billion in venture capital since 1999. ATDC has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and Business Week as one of the nation's top incubators, and won several other awards. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 9, 2017
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Veriphy AnalyticsSM, a web-based business intelligence platform, will be featured in Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) Startup Showcase on Thursday, May 11th. The event will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.


An elite alliance of the world’s leading blockchain innovators founded the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) in February 2017 to augment Ethereum and enable it to serve as an enterprise-grade technology, with research and development focused on privacy, confidentiality, scalability and security. This exclusive invitation only group has recently admitted Trust Stamp, an Atlanta Tech Village-based biometric identity startup, to its founding membership. Atlanta, GA, May 11, 2017 --( Trust Stamp has created a new paradigm for identity & trust using proprietary AI powered facial biometrics with proof of life to authenticate user identity offering enterprises a secure, low friction methodology to identify and recognize their customers. In 2016 Trust Stamp was recognized as one of the Top 30 Blockchain startups in the world and also won the Publicis90 Gold Award at Viva Technology in Paris. Most recently, Trust Stamp joined both Georgia Tech’s ATDC accelerator and the Coca Cola BridgeCommunity and was invited to present at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas and the 36|86 Technology Conference in Nashville TN. Trust Stamp co-founder, Gareth Genner, said: “Ethereum offers numerous advantages in developing enterprise solutions, not least of which is the growing availability of open source implementations. Because of its immutability and security, a private Ethereum Blockchain is an excellent platform to store and share hashed biometric tokens.” Trust Stamp CEO and co-founder, Andrew Gowasack, said, “Blockchain deployment of our biometric identity solution is a key milestone on our development roadmap and the Alliance offers an exciting opportunity to collaborate and innovate with global thought leaders in the Ethereum Blockchain community.” Atlanta, GA, May 11, 2017 --( PR.com )-- The EEA’s founding members include companies such as Accenture, BNY Mellon, Intel, J.P. Morgan, and Microsoft. The group is committed to developing new innovations within Ethereum as well as identifying and commercializing specific implementations to meet a growing number of enterprise needs.Trust Stamp has created a new paradigm for identity & trust using proprietary AI powered facial biometrics with proof of life to authenticate user identity offering enterprises a secure, low friction methodology to identify and recognize their customers.In 2016 Trust Stamp was recognized as one of the Top 30 Blockchain startups in the world and also won the Publicis90 Gold Award at Viva Technology in Paris. Most recently, Trust Stamp joined both Georgia Tech’s ATDC accelerator and the Coca Cola BridgeCommunity and was invited to present at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas and the 36|86 Technology Conference in Nashville TN.Trust Stamp co-founder, Gareth Genner, said: “Ethereum offers numerous advantages in developing enterprise solutions, not least of which is the growing availability of open source implementations. Because of its immutability and security, a private Ethereum Blockchain is an excellent platform to store and share hashed biometric tokens.”Trust Stamp CEO and co-founder, Andrew Gowasack, said, “Blockchain deployment of our biometric identity solution is a key milestone on our development roadmap and the Alliance offers an exciting opportunity to collaborate and innovate with global thought leaders in the Ethereum Blockchain community.”


ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Engage Ventures, an independent early stage venture fund, today announced that it has opened its application process for Fall 2017. Engage Ventures is the largest-ever strategic grouping of major corporations in an independent venture firm. Investments from the $15 million fund will be uniquely focused to help new companies finance and formulate their go-to-market strategies and gain access to customers and distribution. Companies accepted to the highly selective three-month Engage program will receive $75K in initial seed funding. In subsequent financing rounds, Engage will co-invest larger amounts in portfolio companies. Companies can apply directly at engage.vc. The firm’s founding partners include AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco Ltd., The Home Depot and UPS. Tech Square Ventures will manage the fund, and Engage will leverage services in partnership with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech. In addition to funding, the corporations will contribute time, mentorship, expertise and other resources to portfolio companies. This will give startups the ability to work closely with executives from leading brands to accelerate their go-to-market strategies and achieve scale more quickly. The corporate partner CEOs and other senior leadership will also take an active role on the Engage Board of Directors. “The robust level of participation from leading corporations will help ensure Engage’s success by providing a world-class experience for high-potential startups,” said Martin L. Flanagan, President and CEO of Invesco. “We’re also excited about the shared innovation and learning opportunities across the diverse group of corporations involved.” Engage Ventures recently appointed Thiago Olson as its first Managing Director. Olson is an entrepreneur, acclaimed physicist and venture partner at Tech Square Ventures. “The core mission of Engage Ventures is to help emerging companies get their products to market. We have an incredible lineup of Fortune 1000 companies, CEOs and executives who will dedicate their talent and resources to help our entrepreneurs achieve their visions,” said Olson. “Our pooled investment model for corporations is quite novel; it will let Engage maintain investment independence, while at the same time empowering startups to choose their own best path forward.” Engage Ventures maintains its physical offices in Georgia Tech’s Tech Square in Atlanta, giving founders a place to work alongside other entrepreneurs who are intent on transforming markets as part of the Engage portfolio. Engage Ventures is an independent early stage venture fund and program that gives startups what they need most – customer and market access. Engage startups come from around the world to work with top executives from leading brands, including AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco Ltd., The Home Depot and UPS. These corporate partners, along with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and Tech Square Ventures, provide tools, hands-on support and resources that help companies develop go-to-market strategies, open doors faster and transform strategies into action. Engage also provides access to thought leaders and workshops that help entrepreneurs tackle their biggest challenges, as well as office space where founders work with other entrepreneurs who are transforming their markets. Headquartered in Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, Engage is led by Managing Director Thiago Olson. For more information, visit engage.vc.


News Article | April 20, 2017
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After winning the Technology Association of Georgia’s Fintech Innovation Award, Trust Stamp will now compete at both the 36|86 Technology Conference in Tennessee and on a national level in the prestigious Money 20/20 Startup Challenge in Las Vegas. Atlanta, GA, April 20, 2017 --( Trust Stamp CEO, Andrew Gowasack said, “The Money 20/20 Startup Challenge represents an unparallelled opportunity and challenge to standout on one of the most prestigious stages in the Fintech ecosystem. We are proud of our recent achievements, however, this opportunity is a reminder to never get comfortable!” Founded in January 2016, Trust Stamp has created a new paradigm for online identity & trust using proprietary AI powered facial biometrics with proof of life to establish user identity. In 2016 Trust Stamp completed three incubator programs and secured two major launch partnerships and over $1.5m in seed capital. Trust Stamp also received the Publicis 90 Gold Award at Viva Technology in Paris, was named as one of the top-30 Blockchain startups in the World and launched its European subsidiary at TechCrunch Disrupt in London. In February 2017, Trust Stamp was awarded the Technology Association of Georgia’s FinTech Innovation Award with a $50,000 grand prize. The award also included membership in the renowned ATDC Technology Business Incubator at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Trust Stamp technical co-founder, Gareth Genner said, “ATDC has already accelerated our growth by presenting us with business opportunities and access to technological insights. Georgia Tech is one of the foremost thought leaders in our space and we believe that their technical expertise will continue to keep us years ahead of both cyber criminals and competitors.” Before appearing on the national stage in October for Money 20/20, the team will present at the 36|86 Technology Conference in Nashville TN which showcases promising growth-stage startups innovating in traditional industries and positioning the region to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship. provides Identity & Trust as a Service. Trust Stamp’s core functionality is the use of a facial biometrics with proof-of-liveness to create a unique digital identity that can function as a biometric authentication tool. Trust Stamp can also attach other data to the digital identity which can be stored as an immutable hash on an enterprise server and/or in a blockchain and also facilitate biometrically based data signing and encryption. Trust Stamp is a graduate of the Charlotte-based QC FinTech Incubator program, the National Association of Realtors REach Accelerator and Saint Louis-based Six Thirty Cyber Accelerator. Atlanta, GA, April 20, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Trust Stamp, an Atlanta Technology Village based FinTech startup, will join a cadre of the world’s top fintech startups at Money 20/20’s Startup Challenge.Trust Stamp CEO, Andrew Gowasack said, “The Money 20/20 Startup Challenge represents an unparallelled opportunity and challenge to standout on one of the most prestigious stages in the Fintech ecosystem. We are proud of our recent achievements, however, this opportunity is a reminder to never get comfortable!”Founded in January 2016, Trust Stamp has created a new paradigm for online identity & trust using proprietary AI powered facial biometrics with proof of life to establish user identity. In 2016 Trust Stamp completed three incubator programs and secured two major launch partnerships and over $1.5m in seed capital. Trust Stamp also received the Publicis 90 Gold Award at Viva Technology in Paris, was named as one of the top-30 Blockchain startups in the World and launched its European subsidiary at TechCrunch Disrupt in London.In February 2017, Trust Stamp was awarded the Technology Association of Georgia’s FinTech Innovation Award with a $50,000 grand prize. The award also included membership in the renowned ATDC Technology Business Incubator at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Trust Stamp technical co-founder, Gareth Genner said, “ATDC has already accelerated our growth by presenting us with business opportunities and access to technological insights. Georgia Tech is one of the foremost thought leaders in our space and we believe that their technical expertise will continue to keep us years ahead of both cyber criminals and competitors.”Before appearing on the national stage in October for Money 20/20, the team will present at the 36|86 Technology Conference in Nashville TN which showcases promising growth-stage startups innovating in traditional industries and positioning the region to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship. Trust Stamp provides Identity & Trust as a Service. Trust Stamp’s core functionality is the use of a facial biometrics with proof-of-liveness to create a unique digital identity that can function as a biometric authentication tool. Trust Stamp can also attach other data to the digital identity which can be stored as an immutable hash on an enterprise server and/or in a blockchain and also facilitate biometrically based data signing and encryption. Trust Stamp is a graduate of the Charlotte-based QC FinTech Incubator program, the National Association of Realtors REach Accelerator and Saint Louis-based Six Thirty Cyber Accelerator.


News Article | May 5, 2017
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The Trust Stamp Team is gearing up to be a part of the coveted Coca Cola BridgeCommunity including an opportunity to launch pilots with many of Atlanta’s most recognized companies. Atlanta Tech Village based Trust Stamp has established a new paradigm for identity & trust using proprietary Artificial Intelligence powered facial biometrics to securely authenticate identity. The revolutionary technology provides a low cost and low friction methodology to enroll and later recognize customers with potential uses stretching from financial services to relationship management, hospitality and the sharing economy. Trust Stamp CEO Andrew Gowasack said: “The BridgeCommunity is a testament to the commitment of Coca Cola and the impressive array of companies that have partnered with them. Atlanta is rapidly developing a thriving startup community largely thanks to the leadership of these global enterprises”. Having won both the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2017 Fintech Innovation Award and the Publicis 90 Gold Award at Viva Technology in Paris, as well as currently participating in Georgia Tech’s prestigious ATDC program and graduating from three top rated accelerator programs; Trust Stamp is fast gaining recognition as a rising star amongst the region’s FinTech Startups. Atlanta, GA, May 05, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Trust Stamp is among a small group of startups selected from over 200 applicants to participate in Coca Cola’s 2017 Atlanta BridgeCommunity. From May until October, Trust Stamp will work with leading companies from the Atlanta area including Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX Enterprises, InterContinental Hotels Group, Porsche Financial Services, SunTrust Bank, The Atlanta Hawks / Philips Arena, and The Weather Company to develop proofs of concept addressing technology driven opportunities in many of their businesses.Atlanta Tech Village based Trust Stamp has established a new paradigm for identity & trust using proprietary Artificial Intelligence powered facial biometrics to securely authenticate identity. The revolutionary technology provides a low cost and low friction methodology to enroll and later recognize customers with potential uses stretching from financial services to relationship management, hospitality and the sharing economy.Trust Stamp CEO Andrew Gowasack said: “The BridgeCommunity is a testament to the commitment of Coca Cola and the impressive array of companies that have partnered with them. Atlanta is rapidly developing a thriving startup community largely thanks to the leadership of these global enterprises”.Having won both the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2017 Fintech Innovation Award and the Publicis 90 Gold Award at Viva Technology in Paris, as well as currently participating in Georgia Tech’s prestigious ATDC program and graduating from three top rated accelerator programs; Trust Stamp is fast gaining recognition as a rising star amongst the region’s FinTech Startups. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Trust Stamp


News Article | March 2, 2017
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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Urjanet, the world-wide leader for utility data, today announced $20 million of new funding in a Series C round led by Oak HC/FT. Urjanet offers a data-as-a-service (DaaS) solution that provides line-item detail of cost and usage information from approximately 4,000 utilities in 30 countries. The data that Urjanet accesses from electric, gas, telco, water, and waste providers enables SMEs and multinational companies to automate their accounting and bill processing, manage energy costs, comply with energy reporting regulations, and monitor sustainability. The round of funding comes as government agencies, such as the CFPB, as well as private financial institutions have recently made steps to explore programs to incorporate alternative sources of consumer payment data, such as utilities and rent, to make credit and lending decisions. The funding will enable Urjanet to expand its global network of utility providers as well as launch new data applications in the financial services industry that focus on alternative credit scoring and identity verification. “We are excited to advance our mission to equip companies with the data they need to manage billing and payments, energy consumption and utility costs, and achieve sustainability goals,” said Sanjoy Malik, CEO of Urjanet, commenting on the investment round. “Oak HC/FT’s financing will enable us to broaden our reach to the world’s largest corporations and utility providers, as well as accelerate our launch of new applications using utility data as an alternative source for credit scoring and identity verification.” Patricia Kemp, general partner at Oak HC/FT, added, “Urjanet is tackling a critical concern for many companies: managing their complex utility expenses and billing data. We look forward to working with Sanjoy and the Urjanet team, as they roll out their data service to new customers, and expand their reach into adjacent markets and financial services.” Oak HC/FT is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). Urjanet is the 16th investment by Oak HC/FT since launching the inaugural $500 million fund in June 2014. The fund and its investors contain deep domain experience and are uniquely positioned to provide entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, and access to an extensive network of industry leaders. Ms. Kemp will join the board of Urjanet. Urjanet is based in Atlanta and was founded at ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center). The technology was developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology through a research and funding partnership with the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA). Investors include Grotech Ventures, and Correlation Ventures, Imlay Investments, and the GRA. Urjanet’s mission is to provide the world with easy access to automated utility data. Our cloud-based platform connects directly to utilities to seamlessly acquire and normalize disparate utility bill and interval data. The process data is delivered directly to industry-leading business applications. Public and private organizations across the world use Urjanet data to achieve sustainability goals and reduce energy consumption and cost. Urjanet is rapidly becoming the global standard for utility data and powers applications from the leading energy and sustainability providers. Urjanet is a privately-held company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.urjanet.com Oak HC/FT (http://oakhcft.com) is the premier venture growth-equity fund investing in Healthcare Information & Services (“HC”) and Financial Services Technology (“FT”). We are focused on driving transformation in these industries by providing entrepreneurs and companies with strategic counsel, board-level participation, business plan execution and access to our extensive network of industry leaders.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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PowWow Mobile, the leading enterprise mobility platform that allows companies to deliver powerful, modern native mobile apps quickly, simply and economically, today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for two patent applications related to its rapid mobile app development (RMAD) technology. Today’s news further solidifies PowWow Mobile’s leadership in enterprise mobility with the richest IP and patent portfolio in the industry. U.S. Patent Application No. 14/097195 - The “Systems And Methods To Configure Applications,” relates to the means to install and configure different applications using a common interface, and allows users to conveniently manage a portfolio of applications types using a common set of tools. The primary benefit of this approach is the ability to address multiple types of applications used via remote clients or remote computing devices. This patent is one of two patents invented by PowWow Mobile co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Jonathan Kaplan. U.S. Patent Application No. 13/256749 - The “Systems And Methods For Improved Wireless Interface Aggregation,” relates to the means by which multiple wireless network interfaces can be aggregated. The primary benefit of this approach is that the overall throughput rate is greater than the sum of the individual wireless network interfaces unto themselves, yielding advanced performance at the endpoint device, such as a smartphone or tablet. This patent is one of five patents, which arose from research developed within the Networks and Mobile Computing Research Laboratory at The Georgia Institute of Technology, for which PowWow holds an exclusive global license from the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC), arising from its acquisition of StarMobile, Inc. last year. That intellectual property was commercialized through VentureLab, the #2 ranked university-based business incubator in the world, under grants from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and at the Advance Technology Development Center (ATDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "These patents are critical building blocks of our current product capabilities and represent an important milestone for PowWow Mobile, as we advance our efforts in building a robust IP portfolio in support of our Rapid Mobile App Development technology,” said Kia Behnia, CEO, PowWow Mobile. “Our vision is to be the platform of choice for both IT and Lines of Business to design, build and run enterprise mobile apps quickly, simply and cost-effectively. These patents are indicative of our commitment to innovation as the basis of our current and future product roadmap.” The PowWow Mobile solution disrupts the speed, complexity and economics commonly associated with delivering productivity enhancing apps to an increasingly mobile-first workforce. The PowWow SmartUX™ Platform accelerates mobile app development by transforming existing Windows, web and Java applications and workflows into modern mobile experiences or; by creating net new apps that connect to any third-party data source, API or SQL. With PowWow Mobile, users can easily design and deploy personalized, intelligent and secure apps that run anywhere, on any device (PC, laptop, tablet, phone or watch) and any OS (iOS, Android, Windows 10, or HTML5). To learn more about PowWow Mobile’s technology, click here and follow us on twitter @PowWowMobile. About PowWow Mobile PowWow Mobile allows enterprises to transform business applications into modern, mobile app experiences. PowWow Mobile eliminates business-IT friction as enterprises seek competitive advantage and increased productivity through mobile for today’s digital workplace. Our SmartUX Platform accelerates enterprise application transformation by creating new, native mobile apps from any web or Windows app, quickly without sacrificing quality, and at a lower cost than custom solutions or other tools. PowWow Mobile works with customers across industries, including financial services, healthcare, telecom, software, consulting and public sector. PowWow Mobile is based in San Francisco. Learn more at http://www.powwowmobile.com


News Article | December 6, 2016
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Healthcare leaders from across Georgia will discuss healthcare innovation and the impact of new federal healthcare regulations at the 7th annual Health IT Leadership Summit, to be held Wed., Dec. 7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta. Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be the morning keynote speaker at the summit, which brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovations that enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people. As acting administrator, Slavitt oversees programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Slavitt and the CMS team are focused on improving quality, health outcomes, access and affordability while addressing health equity and protecting program integrity, including combating health care fraud. Slavitt will kick off the morning program with a legislative update and discussions around the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), establishing new ways to pay physicians for Medicare beneficiaries. “Community and clinician engagement through events like the Health IT Leadership Summit are a priority for CMS as they help facilitate both collaboration and education,” Slavitt said. “We look forward discussing the MACRA Final Rule with the thought leaders in attendance on December 7th.” Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will join Slavitt in a MACRA update. In the afternoon, Cory Wiegert, VP, Offering Management of IBM Watson Health, will address “New Insights to the Healthcare Ecosystem: Driving Value Around the End Consumer.” Wiegert is the Offering Management executive for the Value Based Care portfolio of products in IBM’s Watson Health business unit. In this role, he is responsible for product strategy, design and delivery of the offerings focused on solutions which help healthcare organizations with their transformation to a focus on quality and outcome based delivery. With over 20 years of success product management experience in enterprise software and analytics applications, he brings a unique perspective on how technology which transformed other industries can be applied to accelerate the transformation in healthcare. The Health IT Leadership Summit was created in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED), the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society (TAG Health). Proceeds from the event will go to support the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the advancement of technology and education in Georgia. Many local healthcare providers, technology companies and educational organizations are involved in sponsoring this year’s Summit. Among them is the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC). "ATDC is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Health IT Leadership Summit to help showcase what our companies and others in the sector are doing to advance and improve the quality of healthcare," said Jane McCracken, ATDC’s healthcare catalyst. "As Georgia's technology incubator, ATDC works with entrepreneurs to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed. The companies in our ATDC Signature and ATDC Accelerate portfolios span a broad range of technologies including healthcare IT, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics companies." About the Health IT Leadership Summit Now in its 7th year, the Summit brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovation to enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people. Supported by a founding partnership that includes the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society, the event will offer attendees a full day of informational sessions, innovative exhibits and networking opportunities centered around the theme of “Connecting Healthcare…Making IT Work for You.” Key presentation topics will focus on interoperability, IT security, clinical applications and funding. To learn more about this year’s Summit — including information regarding sponsorship and registration, visit http://healthitleadershipsummit.com/. Follow us on Twitter @HealthITSummit.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology incubator, is hosting its first-ever ATDC Venture Showcase roadshow, where 11 of Atlanta’s most innovative, high-growth companies will present to more than 30 San Francisco venture capitalists. The roadshow will be held Feb. 28 at WeWork Golden Gate in San Francisco, California. The initiative is part of ATDC’s Investor Connect program, which gives serious venture capitalists — from angel to later-stage investors — opportunities to take a look at highly vetted, market disruptive companies in ATDC’s Signature and Accelerate portfolios, along with other startups from greater Atlanta. The ATDC Venture Showcase also will feature two keynote speakers: Atlanta’s Rob Frohwein, Kabbage founder and CEO, and Jonathan Ebinger, general partner of BlueRun Ventures. “This is a highly curated group of West Coast investors, and we want to connect them — in a meaningful and targeted way — to the companies doing dynamic things in their respective markets,” said ATDC Assistant Director Jane McCracken. “Taking these outstanding investment opportunities ‘on the road’ is also designed to give the investors a deeper understanding of the breadth and depth of innovation-led companies being created in Atlanta’s technology ecosystem.” The companies represent a diversity of industries, ranging from cybersecurity to health management to financial technology to the Internet of Things. Six of the 11 companies scheduled to present are part of ATDC or graduates of its program: The ATDC Venture Showcase, which later hopes to target New York and Boston, is co-hosted by Morris, Manning & Martin, Silicon Valley Bank, Venture Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Aprio. “If you think about how much progress Atlanta has made in the last five years as a startup ecosystem, we have a lot of talented entrepreneurs here with a lot of big ideas,” said Brian Dally, CEO and co-founder of GROUNDFLOOR, a microlending platform for real estate. “A lot of investors in Silicon Valley could find good deal flow here, but they aren’t as familiar with what’s going on here. So this is an opportunity to represent that deal flow to those investors who will get a sample of what’s here and hopefully realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg.” About ATDC: The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the state of Georgia’s technology startup incubator. Founded in 1980 by the Georgia General Assembly which funds it each year, ATDC’s mission is to work with entrepreneurs in Georgia to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed in the creation of viable, disruptive technology companies. Since its founding, ATDC has grown to become one of the longest running and most successful university-affiliated incubators in the United States, with its graduate startup companies raising nearly $3 billion in investment financing and generating more than $12 billion in revenue in the state of Georgia. For more information, please visit atdc.org.


News Article | November 21, 2016
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Over 600 teachers, principals and educational leaders from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, last week for the International Conference on Changes and Innovations Supporting Education in the region, organised by the Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre in cooperation with The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS). With its theme "Empowering Learning", the conference came on the heels of the opening of the Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre (ATDC), which was founded by TEAS. "We are very pleased that the opening of our centre was followed by this high-level international conference," said TEAS Chairman, Tale Heydarov. "The importance of teachers cannot be overstated. For the development of any nation, the quality of schools and the quality of teachers is most important. The better the teachers, the better the students, the better the future of the country." The two-day conference brought two leading educators to Baku: Bill Martin from the United States and Deb Masters from New Zealand. "Azerbaijan as a nation understands that the teacher is the most important part of the system," Martin said. "That if they train regular teachers to become expert teachers, they will be successful." To do that, willingness to change is key, according to Deb Masters. "If you don't like change, don't be a teacher," she said. "And if we can exhibit to kids that even the teachers are learners, we're actually modelling what we're saying is important." Azerbaijan is familiar with change. A former Soviet republic, the country is celebrating 25 years of independence this year. Yet some old habits of the Soviet education system have prevailed. "We're at times still struggling, because some teachers teach the way they did in Soviet times," said Chinara Nur, a teacher trainer at ATDC. "And that's the issue. You are not being operated today anymore by a doctor with 30-year-old knowledge. You want an up-to-date surgeon, you want new equipment. It's the same with teachers and classrooms." That teaching is life-long learning was pointed out by Parvana Guliyeva, who teaches English at the European Azerbaijan School in Baku. She stressed the dramatic educational changes in her country over the past quarter century. "In my childhood, teachers taught in traditional ways. The classroom was very teacher-oriented," she said. "Today it's very different, because our classrooms are student-centred. Teachers are just an invisible guide in the classroom."

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