Cobb, Kennesaw State University launch startup incubator (Marietta Daily Journal)


IgniteHQ offers entrepreneurs space to work and share ideas

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 1, 2017) — Cobb County leaders want to give local business a boost, and they have opened a new space at 57 Waddell St. near the Square to help make that happen.

IgniteHQ will offer entrepreneurs space to work and share ideas, as well as access to mentoring, advice and training opportunities. The property is leased by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of Kennesaw State University. The overall management and maintenance of the property is the collaborative effort of KSU, Cobb County and IgniteHQ.

Officials from all three organizations celebrated the center’s opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.
“Starting something like this is not easy,” said IgniteHQ Executive Director Mark Hubbard. “Starting something from scratch is not easy. Starting something from scratch in the university system is not easy.”

Hubbard’s line drew a chuckle from KSU President Sam Olens, who was also at the event.

“The whole purpose of IgniteHQ is to provide an entrepreneurial path for bright KSU students looking to impact the community by creating businesses around their research and ideas,” Olens said. “And in fact, it’s not just the students, it’s the students and faculty that will also be a part of this relationship. And we already have some students that are here and we already have some students that are starting companies.”

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