The funding will be used to help various entrepreneurs in the fields of robotics and automation.
John Avery, director of ATDC (left) and Thomas Felis, director of robotics strategy for Amazon Global Robotics. (Photo: Peralte C. Paul)
To help support the growth of startups and individuals working to advance automation and robotics, Amazon Robotics announced today that it is making a substantial three-year investment in the Georgia Institute of Technology Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).
ATDC is Georgia’s technology startup incubator and helps entrepreneurs across the state build, launch, and grow successful businesses. The purpose of the donation is to accelerate the growth of automation and robotics by leveraging ATDC’s personnel and resources in conjunction with Amazon.
“Our mission is to support startup infrastructure and help promote compelling startups with huge talent that solve big problems,” said Thomas Felis, director of robotics strategy for Amazon Global Robotics. “Georgia Tech’s track record of collaborating and supporting entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds is equally important to us.”
The funding includes a stipend for a full-time ATDC Automation and Robotics Catalyst to recruit and mentor automation and robotics-focused businesses. The Catalyst will identify relevant startups and help them integrate into ATDC’s startup pipeline and portfolio.
“Georgia Tech is a leader in robotics research, and we’re thrilled that Amazon is supporting our startup mission at ATDC to bring entrepreneurial ideas to life and bring them to market,” said John Avery, director of ATDC. “Innovation can come from anywhere and everywhere, and this collaboration reflects our commitment to supporting diverse startup founders.”
This effort will also support Georgia Tech’s ongoing robotics research, including the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines.
Amazon’s sponsorship expands ATDC’s targeted vertical focus areas to seven, including fintech, healthcare and retail, 5G, logistics and supply chain, and advanced manufacturing.
ATDC will also work with Amazon to identify specific areas of technical interest with the goal of developing virtual and physical events to attract relevant startups.
To apply to join the Robotics and Automation Incubator, click here.