The City’s Economic Development Department works with startups, established businesses and industries to support a thriving economy. The Entrepreneurship and Technology Programs initiative is part of Auburn’s healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. Discover how the City can support your business.

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The Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF) supports Auburn University and its Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development mission by growing the research enterprise through new contracts and partnerships, translating applied research into commercialized opportunities and new business ventures, and providing an entrepreneurial business environment for them to prosper. ARTF is located in the Auburn Research Park, over 170 acres adjacent to the Auburn campus.

Through ARTF, Auburn University provides significant support to businesses in their infancy stages as well as improving processes and providing training to mature businesses. The innovation ecosystem at Auburn University includes the Tiger Cage Accelerator and student startup competition, LAUNCH faculty research competition, idea protection and marketing through the office of Innovation, Advancement & Commercialization, and the Auburn Business Incubator.

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ATAC provides business process, continuous improvement, and technical assistance to manufacturers and businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies in Alabama and the Southeast. The center is a recognized leader in the areas of lean manufacturing, lean healthcare, Six Sigma, and business growth.

Since 1976, ATAC has provided award winning assistance to hundreds of businesses and organizations. ATAC is an Economic Development Administration University Center and an affiliate of the Alabama Technology Network.

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The Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization (IAC) serves as the link between the commercial marketplace and Auburn University faculty. IAC offers Auburn researchers expertise and guidance regarding the protection of intellectual property, including patents and copyrights, and in seeking licensing agreements with commercial entities to take Auburn research developments into the marketplace for the public benefit.

Services provided by IAC include:              

  • Evaluation of intellectual property disclosures
  • Management of the patent, copyright and trademark processes
  • Marketing of Auburn’s innovations
  • Working with startup companies licensing Auburn technologies

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Starting your own business may seem impossible. How do you handle your cash flow, employees and loans? That’s what we are here for.

The Small Business Development Center at Auburn University can turn your dreams into reality. For the past 23 years, the SBDC at Auburn has offered personal consultation concerning many aspects of small business development. The SBDC offers all business owners the opportunity to create their “American Dream.”

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