David Bridges


David Bridges is Director of the EI2’s Economic Development Lab which advises governments and universities, both in the U.S. and around the globe, on innovation-led economic development initiatives (ILED).

ILED activities foster collaborations among informal network players such as governments at all levels, universities, corporations, startups businesses, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial support organizations to drive the development of startup ecosystems.

Our practice focuses on maximizing the building blocks of startups, sources of innovation and sources of talent, and focusing the collective effort required to enable the success of these valuable startups.

As Associate Vice President for International Initiatives, he has been engaged in innovation ecosystem projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Mr. Bridges has been a member of EI2 for 23 years.

In that time, he has gained experience managing programs around technology transfer, co-development research, SBIR grants, seed fund management, international commercialization, incubation, acceleration, proof-of-concept centers, cluster development, university innovation centers, and innovation ecosystem.

In total, Mr. Bridges has led, co-led or advised on proposals resulting in over $42 million in innovation related grants for Georgia Tech.