Entrepreneurs needing — or wanting — a 5G testing environment can now start their search in the metro Atlanta area. Peachtree Corners, a small town firmly rooted in technology growth, has launched a new incubator with a focus on the next-gen Internet innovation.
The initiative is a collaboration among the Georgia Institute of Technology, the city of Peachtree Corners and T-Mobile. The 5G Connected Future incubator is based out of the $6 million Curiosity Lab, a city-owned 500-acre smart city technology park, outfitted with an autonomous vehicle test track and other advancements.
“This is kind of a unique model. I’m not sure that I’ve seen one that’s exactly like it,” remarked John Avery, executive director of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a startup incubator. ATDC is providing the program management, startup educational and event planning, and other services which go along with helping startups become successful.
“It’s very unique to have a public entity — the city of Peachtree Corners, an academic institution like Georgia Tech — and then a commercial provider, T-Mobile, come together, with overlapping interests, and decide to work together to help not only figure out some of the innovation about what 5G will bring us in the future, but to together, help whoever it is that’s coming up with this technology to get from Point A to Point B,” said Betsy Plattenburg, executive director of Curiosity Lab.
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