As the state’s most comprehensive research university, we are committed to making discoveries that address the grand challenges of our time. Through UGA’s thriving Innovation District, we collaborate with our partners in industry to move new ideas and technologies from the bench or field to the public sphere, driving economic development in our state and beyond. We also support our partner companies’ efforts to develop their future workforce by fostering meaningful, joint research projects and other opportunities for UGA students.

Innovation DistrictThe information below will both inform you about how UGA could help you meet your business and innovation needs, and guide you to the best resource to help achieve your goals. Whether you’re looking for just the right technology to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace or working to restock and energize your talent pool, we are ready to help.

Collaborate with our world-class faculty

Working in 18 schools and colleges and dozens of research centers, UGA faculty are continually pushing the boundaries of knowledge in human and animal health, agricultural technology, new and sustainable materials, and many more areas of science, engineering, business, media and beyond. Many of these faculty work closely with industry partners to pursue advancements in highly targeted areas of research, helping companies make the most of costly R&D investments. We’ll work to pair your company with just the right researcher to help you achieve your research goals and accelerate technology development.

The Launch Pad at Creswell Hall with Students

Work with our students

Talented, hard-working professionals are the lifeblood of any organization, and at UGA we graduate thousands of such high achievers every year. Every class of UGA students seems to surpass the qualifications of its predecessor, and the quality of those students is a big reason why UGA is now the No. 16 public university in the country. UGA is one of the country’s leading universities in experiential learning, providing hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate and professional students. Whatever your goals—recruiting the next generation of leaders, working with a team of students on a research problem, identifying a smart cohort of interns—we can put you in touch with the right people to help meet your needs.

Maker Space in the Delta Innovation Hub

Engage with a UGA startup company

Sometimes a new technology is enticing but not fully tested. More than 100 startup companies in UGA’s pipeline are moving innovations further along the product development pathway—so you don’t have to. These young companies have the talent and agility to adjust to changing conditions and steer new technologies toward market sectors where they’re needed most. We’re ready to help you connect with the right company and engage with a new partner in your research and development.

License UGA technologies

UGA has hundreds of patented, available technologies that could help propel your R&D forward. For more than a decade our licensing group has ranked among the country’s leaders in the number of deals it has inked with companies both within Georgia and beyond. Whether a technology is in active development by one of our startup companies or is waiting for deployment, we’re ready to help you learn more and decide what’s the best fit for you.

Industry Engagement Connections

The mission of the Office of Research Industry Engagement team is to encourage and support collaborations with industry partners by streamlining the process of moving ideas from the lab or field to the marketplace.

See Our Impact

$531 million

national impact from UGA startup programs


companies launched based on UGA research


products introduced to the marketplace

Top 10

for deal flow among U.S. universities (14 consecutive years)