K.P. Reddy, co-founder of The Combine, earned his bachelor's in civil engineering 1994. (Photo: The Combine)
Georgia Tech alumnus K.P. Reddy is helping transform civil engineering one startup company at a time.
2017 will be a busy year doing that for the 1994 civil engineering grad thanks to a new partnership between engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti and The Combine, which Reddy co-founded to bridge the gap between startup and stand-alone company. The organizations announced Dec. 16 The Combine will help Thornton Tomasetti spin off five new companies from its in-house startup accelerator, TTWiiN.
The Combine fills the gap that often exists as start-up organizations transition from within an accelerator to stand-alone companies. TTWiiN’s most promising spin-outs will have access to The Combine’s entrepreneurial leaders in the form of a “go team.” This ecosystem of relevant expertise, capital access and other resources provide the TTWiiN spin-out companies the shortest path to achieving Series A funding or other measures of success.
“Our collaboration with The Combine provides the best of both worlds,” said Thomas Z. Scarangello, P.E., chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti. “It enables Thornton Tomasetti to continue driving industry-leading innovation by focusing on our core business, while The Combine’s expert team helps us efficiently commercialize our technologies in the AEC industry and beyond.”
Grant McCullagh, Thornton Tomasetti Board of Directors member, added “As our industry continues in an accelerated sea-change on the back of wide-ranging new technologies, it’s exciting to see TTWiiN and The Combine emerge as true hands-on leaders, driving significant and impactful new technologies and companies to market.”
“A major challenge for any startup CEO is the many roles they have to play beyond technologist. We know firsthand how complicated it is to successfully master these roles while simultaneously founding a new company,” said K.P. Reddy, Co-Founder and Partner, The Combine. “The Combine brings a fresh approach as an embedded external resource for startup leadership. We deliver a shortest-path-to-success model to commercialize IP and spin-out successful ventures. We look forward to working with Thornton Tomasetti to help bring TTWiiN’s portfolio companies to market.”
The TTWiiN technologies that will launch as five new companies in 2017 include:
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) collaboration for structural engineers
- Efficient, high-fidelity material failure modeling for the automotive industry
- Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for sensors, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMs) and Non Destructive Testing (NDT)
- Shockwave protection technology
- Skyscraper sway suppression technology