Startup Launch


Georgia Tech’s CREATE-X Startup Launch 2020 will be the seventh iteration of the program. The program has helped launch more than 100 companies founded by students like you.

Apply for Startup Launch and receive a $4,000 grant and $30,000 in services to get your company off the ground. Since the funding is given as a grant, you don’t give up any equity in your startup. You will also receive:

  • Intense coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and business faculty
  • Mentorship from industry veterans
  • Pro-bono legal services from a full-service law-firm 
  • Free accounting services from a CPA firm including tax planning and compliance
  • 24/7 access to co-working office space
  • Access to hundreds of investors at Demo Day
  • An opportunity to receive additional funding ($20K-$100K) at the end of the program

If you are interested in launching companies like FIXD, Gimme, Grubbly Farms, Replantable, Stord, iSimuVR, and TINA Healthcare, applications for Startup Launch 2020 are open now.

CREATE-X Startup Launch 2018 Video


"With the help of CREATE-X, we’ve been able to raise more than $2 million, landed multiple publicly traded clients, grown our team to four people and were featured in Inc magazine as one of the top 30 emerging startups."

-Sean Henry, CEO, STORD


“CREATE-X focused on customer discovery, that connection with the user. And that’s defined how we started and who we are today as a company.

-Corey Hewett, CEO, Gimme Vending

“In just two months of being in the CX startup program, we’ve already found three potential investors in our product and our team …. It tells us we’re going in the right direction”

-Nolan Hall, CEO, TopTime Coffee


Thank you to our 2018 Coaches

James Raines

Pamela Bhatti 

James Stubbs​

Joy Harris

Suresh Sharma

Raghupathy "Siva" Sivakumar

Karthik Ramachandran

Keith McGreggor

Ray Vito

Seth Radman​

Nishant Das

Rachel Ford

Steve Chininis

Dr. Raghupathy Sivakumar
Founding Director, Wayne J. Holman Chair Professor, ECE

Raghupathy Sivakumar is the Wayne J. Holman Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He and his doctoral students do research in the areas of wireless networking and mobile computing. He is the Founding Director of CREATE-X, a Georgia Tech initiative to instill entrepreneurial confidence in its students. Previously, he served as the Co-Founder and CTO for StarMobile, Inc. (now PowWow Mobile) between 2012 and 2016, as a Technologist for EMC Corporation between 2011 and 2012, as the Founder and CTO of Asankya, Inc. (now EMC), between 2004 and 2011, and as a Technologist for EG Technology, Inc. (now Arris), between 2001 and 2004. Professor Sivakumar received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and 1998 respectively, and his B.E. degree in Computer Science from Anna University (Chennai) in 1996. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of the Georgia Tech Curriculum Innovation Award (2019, co-recipient), the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2016), and the Georgia Tech Research Innovation Award (2015).

Rahul Saxena
Associate Director, LAUNCH

Rahul Saxena is the Associate Director for CREATE-X Launch.  Leading up to this role, Saxena had a career as a Venture Capitalist, startup CEO, entrepreneur, mechatronic design engineer, and published academic researcher. Saxena is a mechanical engineering Georgia Tech alumnus, earned his European Master’s degree in Fluid Mechanics from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, and earned his MBA from Emory University. Saxena worked for Seraph Group, a venture capital firm, for 10 years evaluating and investing in companies while also holding the role of CEO in a company and serving on several Boards of companies that went on to be acquired. 

Dr. Rhea Perkins
Program & Operations Manager

Rhea Perkins serves as the Program and Operations Manager for CREATE-X. She is excited about entrepreneurship and enjoys helping students view starting a business as a viable career option. Rhea is currently a GT Diversity and Inclusion Fellow and teaches an Innovation section of GT 1000. Prior to Georgia Tech, Rhea attended Arizona State University where she received her BS degree, fell in love with Miami while completing her MS degree at Florida International University, and learned to eat crawfish while at Louisiana State University pursuing her PhD degree. Rhea absolutely loves Atlanta and enjoys the beltline, yoga, and trying new local restaurants!