Our entrepreneurship program is based on a multitude of opportunities that give students practical hands-on experience while connecting them with existing start-ups. We also strive to give back to our communities and impact local businesses.
For All Students
Students who are ready to start or expand their business may apply to the Accelerator Program. The Accelerator Program provides student start-ups with a board of experienced, successful entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors that help student entrepreneurs grow revenues and profits, stay focused on the right strategic issue, and develop key contacts. Participants receive honest, unfiltered advice and feedback, help with critical business decisions, and lasting results for your business. Students are held accountable to key performance indicators and receive real-world experiences from seasoned mentors and investors.
We accept applications at the beginning of the academic year and work in-depth with those students (twice a month) throughout the year.
Society of Entrepreneurs
The Society of Entrepreneurs is for students interested in developing an entrepreneurial mindset. The group offers meetings and guest speakers. Students also have the opportunity to surround themselves with a small group of like-minded student entrepreneurs facing the same problems and struggles. The Society of Entrepreneurs provides crucial support and insight into problems and holds each member accountable to their goals.
For MBA Students
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club
The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC) serves as a network in the MBA program that encourages student’s abilities to create, build and manage companies. Students also have the opportunity to attend conferences and competitions as well as meet with top alumni and business leaders.
Silicon Valley Fellows Program
Silicon Valley is to private companies what Wall Street is to public companies. Each year, a select group of MBA students apply to become a Silicon Valley Fellow, earning the opportunity to travel to California and learn from some of the best venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the world. Students are immersed in the venture capital process and start-up culture. The result is an unforgettable experience that for most is the highlight of their MBA at Terry College.
We take applications through the Fall semester each year and begin preparing for the trip in the Spring.
Funding Your Venture
UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur
This annual campus-wide competition is open to any UGA student with an idea for a start-up. A combination of American Idol and Shark Tank, UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur gives students the opportunity to gain insight, build networks, and acquire capital to launch their business. In addition to prize money, students have the opportunity for angel investment and venture capital. The process challenges students to develop and hone their value proposition and business model. Successful students move on to subsequent rounds in front of real investors until only one—UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur—remains.
Terry Innovation Fund
The Terry Innovation Fund is a catalyst for launching successful ventures. By providing funding and mentoring, we help University of Georgia students launch early stage ventures. Student entrepreneurs can use the funds to accelerate their business development in these ways:
- Developing proof of concept
- Prototype development
- Hiring new employees/assembling teams
- Intellectual property development
- Business plan development
- Technology assessments
- Market analysis
- Market entry strategy development
- Accounting, legal and other business advisory services