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 each semester and work in-depth with those students (twice a month). This program is also one of the best ways to prepare for our campus-wide competition, UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur.
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 begin taking applications in the Fall and prepare 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
Terry Entrepreneurship fundamentally altered my mindset for all ventures, whether directly or indirectly business related. It is for this very reason that I now regularly sit with my colleagues in medical school and discuss small problems and potential solutions which could alter important variables such as infection rates, outcomes, and safety. We ideate and innovate in order to create. Terry Entrepreneurship gifted a skillset to make these ideations reality. (Read More)Trey Sinyard (BBA ’11)
It was during my journey at the Terry Entrepreneurship Program that I realized I didn't have to start a company out of my dorm room to be successful. As the program helped me realize my own deep desires about who I want to be, it also gave me the confidence to execute on them-- regardless of job environment. Subsequently, I co-founded an LLC, worked at a startup in Arizona, and now work in investment banking. I'm truly thankful that the Entrepreneurship Program helped me pinpoint my dreams and gave me the skills needed to achieve them. (Read More)Michelle Kourakin (BBA ’12)
I still don't believe that entrepreneurship can be taught using traditional methods, but I do believe when you have someone like Chris Hanks planning the environment, amazing things can happen. We had afternoon meetings and workshops, business plan competitions for venture capital, lots of pizza, and most importantly-- homework. What Chris says in the classroom isn't what makes the difference, it is how he inspires in everyday students to do their best to make the world a better place…and make lots of money doing it. (Read More)Austin Langley (BBA ’13)
Joining a Community
This school year afforded me the privilege of moderating the Accelerator Program. As an entrepreneur, I understand the value of being protected from my mistakes and propelled further down the path of launching my venture, and I find that kind of mentoring truly difficult to place a price-tag on. I’m simply thankful to have these types of resources and opportunities at my fingertips. (Read More)John Arnold (MBA ’15)
UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur
When the opportunity to participate in UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur came about, I knew I had to compete, and Vacations by Lindsey was born. To my surprise, Vacations by Lindsey continued advancing in the competition until the top five, where I received the highest compliment I could've expected: runner up. I can honestly say without the support of the Terry Entrepreneurship Program or the confidence gained from competing in UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur, my business would not be where it is today. (Read More)Lindsey Epperly (BA ’11)
Turning Ideas into Reality
I’m pursuing my MBA to develop the business acumen necessary to improve the world through business. My experience with Terry Entrepreneurship will be invaluable as I identify opportunities to tackle social and environmental problems. I’ve not only learned how to craft a sound business plan, but I’ve discovered the importance of developing a persuasive pitch. I’ve been coached by Peter Casey, an entrepreneur featured on the TV show the Dragon’s Den (the UK version of Shark Tank), and competed in the finals at the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) competition recently held in Atlanta. I’m confident my innovative thinking and ability to pitch strategic ideas will empower me to turn big ideas into reality throughout my career. (Read More)Christina Smith (MBA ’14)