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Yamacraw Initiative Overview. Raymond Greenlaw Regional Coordinator for Yamacraw Dean, School of Computing Armstrong Atlantic State University. Outline. Overview and Mission Goals Highlights Research Center Membership Research Leaders Seed Fund Sales and Marketing Conclusion.

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yamacraw initiative overview

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

Raymond Greenlaw

Regional Coordinator for Yamacraw

Dean, School of Computing

Armstrong Atlantic State University

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

outline
Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

outline3
Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

overview and mission
Overview and Mission
  • Overview
    • Announced by Governor Barnes in January 1999
    • 5-7 Year, $100,000,000 initiative
    • Elements to be integrated into Georgia’s infrastructure
  • Mission
    • Make Georgia a world leader in the design and commercialization of broadband (high-speed) communications systems, devices, and chips, thus creating both high-tech design jobs and many more support and supply-chain jobs in Georgia.

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

outline5
Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

goals
Goals
  • Jobs: Create 2,000 new high-tech jobs in Georgia
  • Research Center
    • Invest $5,000,000 annually in research
    • Attract at least ten companies to establish broadband design centers in Georgia
  • Education
    • Increase graduates from 400 per year to over 1,000 per year
    • Hire 85 Computer Science faculty into the University System of Georgia
    • Develop and maintain a state-of-the art curriculum
  • Marketing
    • Create worldwide recognition of Georgia as a global broadband technology destination
    • Recruit employees/students to fill job commitments
  • Venture Capital: Establish a fund to enable start-ups

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

highlights
Highlights
  • Twenty-seven member companies
  • Four years of innovative research
    • 80 invention disclosures
  • Five ventures supported through the Seed Fund
  • Recognized by the Council on Competitiveness as a National Leader in Government Policy Initiatives
  • Featured on PBS’ “American Business Review”

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Highlights
  • Expanded education and research at seven state universities
    • Hired 72 faculty
    • Multidisciplinary and multi-university research team of 250 performing world-class collaborative research
    • More than doubled the number of specialized graduates to 826 in three years
  • Major investments in telecom education
    • Technology Square Research Building
    • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Science Building
    • Kennesaw, Clendenin Computer Science Building

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

university participation
University Participation
  • Eight State Universities
  • Research Participants with focused curriculum
      • Georgia Tech
      • Southern Polytechnic State University
      • Georgia State University
      • University of Georgia
      • Kennesaw State University
  • Yamacraw-focused curriculum
      • Armstrong Atlantic State University
      • Georgia Southern University
      • Savannah State University

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

membership benefits
Membership Benefits
  • Research
  • Access to Trained Students
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Job Database
  • Continuing Education
  • Commercialization Projects

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

roles of industry members
Roles of Industry Members
  • Direct research through feedback during Industrial Advising Board meetings
  • Specific directed research opportunities
  • Commercialization projects
  • Seminars/Yamacraw Days
  • Committee participation
      • Commercialization
      • Marketing
      • Human Resources
      • Curriculum updating

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

research center membership full
Research Center MembershipFull
  • Benefits:
    • Royalty-free non-exclusive 5-year license to intellectual property
    • Access to faculty/students, ability to direct research
  • Commitment:
    • 500 new jobs over 5 years
    • 250 new jobs over 5 years + $10,000 annually
    • 100 new jobs over 5 years + $25,000 annually
    • $250,000 annually for research membership

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

research center membership small company affiliate
Research Center MembershipSmall Company & Affiliate
  • Benefits and Commitment:
    • $5-10,000 annually depending on job commitment
    • Delayed intellectual property benefits

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

research center membership emerging
Research Center Membership Emerging
  • Benefits:
    • Opportunity to negotiate license to Yamacraw intellectual property
    • Access to faculty/students
    • Promotion of company through marketing efforts
  • Commitment:
    • 20 new jobs + $1,000 annual dues
    • 10 new jobs + $2,000 annual dues
    • 5 new jobs + $5,000 annual dues

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

research center membership associate
Research Center Membership Associate
  • Benefits:
    • Opportunity to negotiate license to Yamacraw IP
    • Access to faculty/students, ability to direct research
    • Promotion of company through marketing efforts
  • Commitment:
    • 25 new jobs + $10,000 annual dues
    • $50,000 annual dues for research membership
  • Affiliate membership for business community leaders dedicated to Georgia and principles of Yamacraw

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

member companies
National Semiconductor

Ciena

Echostar

Broadcom

Nortel Networks

IDT

Microcoating Technology

BarcoView

Cypress

Movaz Networks

BellSouth

VeriSign

Intracom

Siemens-Dematic

One unannounced

Yamacraw Membership Growth

30

25

20

15

Number of Members

10

5

0

Member Companies

Full Members

Small and Emerging

  • RF Solutions*
  • Ardext*
  • Quellan*
  • iVivity*
  • EG Technology*
  • Vocalocity*
  • Cermet
  • SOC Solutions
  • Nanoventions
  • Eagleware
  • Kipper Technologies
  • Wave7 Optics

*Seed Fund

Jul-99

Jan-00

Jul-00

Jan-01

Jul-01

Jan-02

Jul-02

Jan-03

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results summary
Results Summary

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

research activities
Research Activities
  • A collaboration of 250 researchers at five universities
    • Hardware – Semiconductor and optoelectronic device design
    • Embedded Software – Middle layer technologies
    • Systems Prototyping – High speed optical and wireless network prototypes

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

research leaders
Research Leaders
  • Broadband Access Devices - Dr. Joy Laskar
    • Bluetooth—ubiquitous interface device connectivity
    • Wireless LAN—in home wireless networks
    • Frequency Wavelength Division Multiplexing for

next-generation optical networks

  • Embedded Software - Dr. Vijay Madisetti 
    • Front-end modeling tools
    • Trade-off analyzers
    • Code generators
    • Middle-layer technologies for personal networked and home computing
  • System Prototyping - Dr. Nikil Jayant
    • Gigabits-per-second wireless interface using automatic speech recognition for Internet dialog
    • Optical access network prototype for home and small office

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

seed fund
Seed Fund

Purpose

The five million dollar Yamacraw Seed Capital Fund was created by the State of Georgia to provide equity and other risk capital to support the formation of companies engaged in next generation broadband infrastructure, particularly:

    • High bandwidth communications
    • Semiconductor technology
    • Content processing

Investment Criteria

  • Must be matched 3 to 1 by the private sector
  • A maximum of 49% ownership in a company may be purchased
  • No more than $500,000 may be invested in the seed round
  • Companies must be based in Georgia

Designed to operate as an evergreen investment fund.

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

yamacraw seed fund portfolio
Yamacraw Seed Fund Portfolio
  • RF Solutions (4/2000)
    • Develops radio frequency integrated circuits for telecommunications and consumer electronics.
  • Ardext Technologies (9/2000)
    • Provides software services for production testing/debugging of analog and mixed-signal electronic systems.
  • Quellan (2/2001)
    • Develops next-generation optical link technology.
  • iVivity(7/2001)
    • Provides next-generation storage solutions using Internet protocols.
  • EG Technology (1/2002)
    • Provides technology enabling increased cable bandwidth and quality at affordable prices.
  • Vocalocity (7/2002)
    • Platforms for Vocal Operating Systems integrated with “Build-to-Suit” application modules.

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

sales marketing
Sales & Marketing
  • Marketing and public relations campaign
  • Web site - www.yamacraw.org
  • Newsletters
  • Conferences and exhibits
  • Corporate Recruiting Advisor
    • “Repatriates”
    • Jobs/resume data base

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

technology square research building including yamacraw research center
Technology Square Research Building, including Yamacraw Research Center
  • Ground breaking on November 13, 2001
  • Super-structure completed April 16, 2002
  • Occupied February 20, 2003
  • 200,000-square foot melting pot for researchers, industry, students, and venture capitalists
  • Midtown Atlanta near researchers and students

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

impact on georgia industry
Impact on Georgia Industry
  • Realization of a new Technology Cluster
    • Recruitment of leading telecom design centers
      • Leading provider of optical networking solutions
      • Semiconductor design firms
      • European telecom conglomerate
      • Many others
    • Job commitments and creation of professional positions in Georgia
  • New venture formation supported by the Seed Fund
  • Increasing global awareness of Georgia as a technology destination
  • Yamacraw accepted as proven prototype for Georgia’s future high-tech economic development initiatives

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

eight of the ten fastest growing occupations are computer related
Eight of the ten fastest growing occupations are computer-related…

Source: BLS, 11/01

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

employment patterns by discipline

Life Sciences

Chemical and

Mathematics

Engineering

Computer and

Physical Sciences

Info Sciences

Life Sciences

Chemical and

Mathematics

Engineering

Computer and

Physical Sciences

Info Sciences

Employment Patterns by Discipline

Fraction (in red) of professionals with degrees in that discipline:

Fraction (in red) of disciplinary graduates employed in that profession:

SOURCE: National Science Foundation/Division of Science Resources Statistics, SESTAT (Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System), 1999, as presented by Caroline Wardle at Snowbird 2002

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

impact on georgia education
Impact on Georgia Education
  • Increase of technical talent
    • From 400 to 800+ graduates annually
    • Addition of 72 faculty
  • GSU, SPSU, UGA, and KSU computer science departments strengthened research programs, began new collaborations with industry and technology marketing activities
  • Armstrong leveraged Yamacraw to win $400,000 NSF award and secure an ICAPP/VeriSign partnership
  • Georgia Southern, Savannah State, GTREP, and Armstrong Atlantic have an ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series.

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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Outline
  • Overview and Mission
  • Goals
  • Highlights
  • Research Center Membership
  • Research Leaders
  • Seed Fund
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

conclusion
Conclusion

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

acknowledgments
Acknowledgments

Thanks to the Yamacraw Staff, Beth Judson, Richard Leblanc, Herb Lehman, Rex Smith, and Chris Williams for their many contributions to this presentation.

Yamacraw Initiative Overview

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