Today's startups for tomorrow's economy

GRA accelerates the launch and growth of university enterprises


GRA's venture development program is Georgia’s only non-profit catalyst for seeding and shaping companies around research at multiple universities. See our portfolio of companies >
 
Georgia Research Alliance's venture development program:

  • seeks and identifies university discoveries and inventions that have market potential;
     
  • makes key investments in the most promising ventures at the earliest stages;
     
  • develops a pool of experienced CEOs, mentors, and domain experts to help guide or lead the newly launched enterprises; and
     
  • shares best practices and provides other support – all to grow more companies from universities and create more high-value jobs.

Since 2010, the program has accelerated the formation and launch of university-based start-ups by:

  • Evaluating more than 1200 proposals for more than 500 unique university technologies and inventions
     
  • Advancing to market 300 distinct university technologies with multi-phase commercialization grants totaling $27 million
     
  • Providing $12 million in low-interest loans over 50 of the most promising companies

Today, 180 university-based companies are in the GRA portfolio. These enterprises have brought to Georgia more than a billion dollars in equity investment. In 2016, they generated more than $197 million in revenue and employed more than 1500 professionals.
 

Resources for enterprising university researchers

GRA focuses on commercializing technologies and discoveries emerging from Georgia’s research universities.  

If you’re a researcher seeking to commercialize a discovery or invention, contact the university representative on your campus (see list below).

University Representatives

EMORY UNIVERSITY
Kevin Lei
404.727.2211

GEORGIA TECH
Roberto Casas
404.385.1689

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY
Carl Clark, Ph.D.
706.721.4055

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY 
Vincent La Terza
404.413.6674

MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
James W. Lillard, Ph.D., M.B.A.
404.752.1863

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Ian Biggs
706.542.4308
 

For other USG institutions, please contact Ashley Cornelison