Chiseled on the entry gate to Emory’s campus is the quote “Let us stand by what is good and try to make it better,” attributed to former university president Atticus Haygood.
For the team behind the new Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the launch of the Center brings together the growing curricular and co-curricular focus on entrepreneurship found across the business school.
Amelia Schaffner, Director of Entrepreneurship at the Center, told Hypepotamus that upwards of 20% of students are interested in entrepreneurship. “Some might start their own companies, but others are interested in working at and with startups.”
The new center, made possible by an investment from the Goizueta Foundation, will house many 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 classwork, the Center will provide a multi-disciplinary approach for students looking to get direct feedback on ideas from across the business ecosystem.
Some key programs include the Emory Startup Launch Accelerator, Pitch the Professor (in collaboration with Atlanta Tech Village), and the RAISE Forum, a funding opportunity open to all startups across the Southeast.
GROWING AN ECOSYSTEM
The Center is part of the growing entrepreneurial fervor seen across the university.
Emory is also home to HackATL, a student-run hackathon that started back in 2013 and attracts students from across the country. Outside of Goizueta Business School, the student innovation and creativity space The Hatchery opened in 2019 near Emory’s main campus.