What is the Kickstart Fund?
The UGA Kickstart Fund is a student-managed initiative that provides seed privately-funded,
capital grants to UGA students and faculty to support the launch or growth of a venture.
The Fund is composed of seven partners and 5-9 associates who review all student and
faculty startups seeking seed grant money. The grants typically range in size from
$1,000 to $5,000 and supply students with the hands-on experience of managing, investing
and tracking investments in a controlled environment
A program of this nature equips tomorrow’s leaders with the skills necessary to run
revenue-generating companies. From interacting with student companies to managing
and considering investments, this organization offers a lot of hands-on and valuable
experience that can propel students in any career.
The mission of the UGA Kickstart Fund is as follows: To promote interconnectivity amongst the University of Georgia and the greater Athens
community, to provide unique and stimulating educational experiences to the members
of the fund, and help promote Athens and the University of Georgia as entrepreneurial
hubs on a regional and national scale.
How to Get Involved?
UGA Startups: How to Apply for Funding
Interested student and faculty startups can apply for funding through our application form. After this initial screening, members from the Fund will reach out to you to schedule
an interview and get the process started
Partners and Associates
The Fund is a student-managed initiative. Applications are currently closed to become
members of the Fund.
What We've Done So Far
The Fund has already supported the growth of many student and faculty startups, through
the support of generous gifts from our sponsors. Since 2019, 10 companies have been
funded across multiple sectors.
Thousand Dollars Granted Annually
The Fund is generously supported by the SunTrust Foundation and SunTrust Trusteed
Foundations as part of a gift to support UGA's Entrepreneurship Program.
Learn More about the fund