Chiselled on the entrance gate to Emory’s campus is the quote “Let’s stand by what is good and try to do better,” attributed to former University President Atticus Haygood.
For the team behind the new one Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship and InnovationThe launch of the center brings together the growing curriculum and common curriculum focus on entrepreneurship at the business school.
Amelia Schaffner, director of entrepreneurship at the center, told Hypepotamus that more than 20% of students are interested in entrepreneurship. “Some might start their own businesses, others are interested in working for and with startups.”
The new center, made possible by an investment from the Goizueta Foundation, will house much of the school’s efforts.
This includes over twenty courses specifically on the entrepreneurial ecosystem, from design thinking to private equity to applied entrepreneurship.
Outside of class, the center offers a multidisciplinary approach for students who want direct feedback on ideas from across the business community.
Some key programs include that Emory Startup Launch Accelerator, Pitch the Professor (in collaboration with Atlanta Tech Village) and the RAISE forum, a financing option that is open to all startups in the southeast.
Notable Entrepreneurs in Residence in Goizueta are Sig Mosley, David Cummings, Civil CEO Louise Wasilewskiincluding throughout the Atlanta area.
AN ECOSYSTEM GROW
The center is part of the university’s growing entrepreneurship.
Emory is also home to HackATL, a student-run hackathon that started in 2013 and attracts students from across the country. Outside the Goizueta Business School, the space for student innovation and creativity The hotbed opens in 2019 near Emory’s main campus.
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