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About ATDC


The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech is a startup incubator that helps technology entrepreneurs in Georgia launch and grow successful companies. ATDC was recently named by Forbes as one of the "Top 12 Business Incubators Changing the World".


ATDC is one of the oldest and most successful research university affiliated incubators in the United States. Founded in 1980, ATDC has fostered innovation and economic development by graduating more than 150 companies, which together have raised over $2 billion in outside financing.


Headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square adjacent to Georgia Tech’s campus, ATDC serves as a hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia - providing incubation and acceleration services to startups through co-working, coaching, connecting and community. ATDC is open to all technology entrepreneurs in Georgia, from the earliest conception stage to revenue generating, venture-fundable companies.


The ATDC team, including Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and Catalysts, work with entrepreneurs and offer a wealth of knowledge, experience, and networking opportunities. The Education Series combines class room style learning with workshops that provide a foundation for entrepreneurial best practices. Startup Circles allow technology entrepreneurs to informally meet and learn from one another and ATDC staff members. ATDC also hosts regular events with access to leading entrepreneurs mentors, investors, and corporations.

With facilities on Georgia Tech’s campus, ATDC members benefit from a close proximity with the university and connections to other Georgia research universities. ATDC is part of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute(EI2) and partners with VentureLab, Georgia Tech’s center for technology commercialization, and Flashpoint, a lean startup accelerator program.


ATDC Select

ATDC Select is our flagship incubator program for high potential technology startups. In addition to our education programs and event series, ATDC Select companies receive hands on coaching from experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, are eligible for suite space in the incubator, and receive priority in programs such as Industry Connect. Companies must apply for participation and meet progress criteria to graduate in three years or less.

ATDC Community Member

The ATDC Community Member Program is open to all technology entrepreneurs in the State of Georgia. The Community Member program provides startups coaching, connections and community through office hours with experienced Startup Catalysts and entrepreneurs, access to an experienced mentor pool, and participation in the education series and events. In addition, members are eligible for seed and co-working space in the incubator.


For full bios, please visit http://atdc.org/?staff


Jenny Bass
Jenny Bass, Community Catalyst

Jenny counsels ATDC Select Companies and Community members with a manufacturing focus. She is a seasoned entrepreneur in the industrial & manufacturing space with experience in the chemicals industry and private equity. She received an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the CEO and President of Essve Tech, Inc.

Tom Bates
Tom Bates, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Tom brings 20 years of experience in digital media. He founded Kudzu.com, co-founded the New Century Network, led the daily operation of Cox’s 60 local websites and ran USA TODAY’s International Edition.

Jennifer Bonnett
Jennifer Bonnett, Community Catalyst

Jennifer Bonnett is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in information technology/software development, specializing in web and mobile technologies.

Connie Casteel
Connie Casteel, SBIR Catalyst

Connie assists firms applying for federal SBIR/STTR awards and helps connect ATDC companies to manufacturers and MEP resources. To meet with Connie, attend one of the SBIR Circles or, as a member, you may book office hours.Click here to log in and book your appointment.

Dan Ciprari
Dan Ciprari, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Dan Ciprari is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and/or exited companies in the information technology, nanotechnology, medical device and clean technology industries.

Ivy Hughley
Ivy Hughley, Client Support Manager

Ivy has over 10 years of experience and works closely with the startup catalysts to deliver outstanding programs and services to ATDC members.

Joy Hymel
Joy Hymel, Community Catalyst

Joy has more than 25 years of business development experience, focusing on open innovation, sales & marketing and strategic partnerships. Career highlights include working for IBM, Apple, Allied Chemical, & KPMG. Joy connects startups to Georgia Tech facilities & resources including student talent. She also serves as an entrepreneur evangelist connecting students with startup education and networking opportunities to encourage students to consider starting or joining a startup. Joy is an instructor for GT 1000, a required freshman course which offers her the chance to gauge the pulse of entrepreneurism with each entering class.

Charlie Paparelli
Charlie Paparelli, Angel-in-Residence
Charlie Paparelli brings more than 20 years of angel investor and entrepreneur coaching experience. He began his career in a successful startup and at exit, enhanced his experience with 10 years in general management and COO roles, finally focusing on angel investing full time.
Betsy Plattenburg
Betsy Plattenburg, Community Catalyst
Betsy has more than 25 years of management consulting experience, specializing in startup ventures, strategic alliances, connecting C-level executives and matching capital with opportunities. She leads the Industry and Investor Connect programs. Betsy also serves in the business strategy group at Georgia Tech Research Institute, where she focuses on open innovation and growing commercialization opportunities for dual-use technologies.
Blake Patton
Blake Patton, Entrepreneur in Residence

Blake Patton brings 20 years of leadership in startup, venture-backed and publicly-traded internet, software, payments and financial services technology companies.

KP Reddy
KP Reddy, Interim, General Manager

KP Reddy is an author, entrepreneur, speaker and thought leader with over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry.



ATDC has strong relationships with local and national organizations that help entrepreneurs and startup companies including: Bennett Thrasher, DLA Piper, HA&W, Imlay Investments, Insperity, Jones Day, Morris, Manning & Martin, Nelson Mullins, Noro-Moseley Partners, Oracle, Silicon Valley Bank, TAG, TechCXO and TriNet

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The spark that led to ATDC’s formation was provided in 1979 when then-Governor George Busbee commissioned a study of the state's science, engineering and technology programs. Within a year, the General Assembly responded with the funds for a facility to promote university-business synergy. ATDC admitted its first member company in 1981 and began graduating companies in 1983.

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ATDC Headquarters
75 5th Street, NW
Suite 202
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 894-3575
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311 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332

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190 Technology Circle
Suite 145
Savannah, GA 31407
(912) 963-2519
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