The 5G Connected Future Incubator, led by 5G Connected Future Startup Catalyst Bob Siegel, is making waves at Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners and in the Atlanta area’s tech startup ecosystem. Opened in August 2021, the fast-growing incubator now supports 25 startup companies!
If you are not familiar with the 5G Connected Future Incubator, this program helps technology startups that are building and testing 5G use cases in various areas, including autonomous vehicles, robotics, industrial drones, mixed-reality training and entertainment, remote medical care, personal health, and fitness wearables and more.
T-Mobile Accelerator, Curiosity Lab, and the Georgia Institute of Technology launched the incubator together to help startups working with 5G technology grow and mature, and to provide even more support for the local tech community. Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and Siegel manage the incubator, which is located at Curiosity Lab in the 500-acre smart city technology park in Peachtree Corners.
The 25 startups in the incubator are testing a wide variety of 5G use cases, including drones, robots, autonomous driving, and interactive/real-time media, as well as education, security, healthcare, and factory and buildings-industry applications. Examples of current participants are SkyMul, a company developing autonomous rebar-tying drones; Intelliterra, a next-generation platform for affordable, Ai-designed, fast, IoT-friendly, surface and drone-in-flight wireless for remote areas; and Pytheia, which provides software for precise motion capture and tracking of objects directly from video.
When Siegel is not leading the search for fascinating startups and reviewing applications from prospective incubator members, he is busy teaching current incubator participants about how they can achieve long-term success. For example, as part of his educational responsibilities, Siegel recently co-hosted a virtual roundtable with federal funding expert and ATDC SBIR/STTR* Catalyst Connie Casteel to help participants understand how they can leverage government funding opportunities to mature technologies into viable products.
Watch the full roundtable on federal funding on ATDC’s YouTube page.
Siegel also produces and hosts the 5G Connected Future podcast, where he regularly interviews experts on the development of 5G technology and the sector’s ever-growing catalog of use cases. Most recently, he interviewed two higher-education industry segment advisors from T-Mobile live from the Curiosity Lab podcast room. These advisors provided expert insight to the audience about the future of education given the growth of 5G technology.
Bob Siegel (right) interviews T-Mobile Higher Education Advisors Anne Clancy (left) and Michael Kubit (virtual) for the 5G Connected Future podcast in Curiosity Lab’s podcast room.
In addition, Siegel regularly hosts interested technology groups at Curiosity Lab and recently gave entrepreneur members of ATDC’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) a tour of Curiosity Lab and the Innovation Center. Siegel led a great discussion on startups, 5G, autonomous vehicles and more.
Bob Siegel with members of ATDC’s Minority Business Development Agency at Curiosity Lab’s Innovation Center.
Learn More & Apply
Technology entrepreneurs interested in learning more or applying to the 5G Connected Future Incubator can visit the program’s website: https://atdc.org/5g-connected-future-incubator.
And stay tuned to the incubator website and Curiosity Lab’s blog for future updates on the incubator, including news about a hackathon, Ask-Me-Anything, podcasts, roundtables and more!
* SBIR stands for ‘small business innovation research.’ STTR stands for ‘small business technology transfer.’