For the serious self-starter/innovator, the absolute best place to be is The University of Georgia.
The UGA Entrepreneurship Program, housed in the Terry College of Business, provides a unique and comprehensive academic program that encompasses experiential learning and equips students with the tools and resources to pursue their own startup venture.
We strive to infuse and refine an entrepreneurial mindset in our students through transformational experiences and comprehensive academic courses.
Three pillars of the Entrepreneurship Program
The certificate program is the academic keystone of the Entrepreneurship Program. The university-wide Certificate in Entrepreneurship launched in the spring of 2016. Students from any college within the university can apply to be a part of the program, and the certificate is targeted to any student interested in becoming an entrepreneur.
Fifteen hours of approved coursework is required to complete the Entrepreneurship Certificate. Courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Elective hours can be applied toward the certificate and graduation requirements as appropriate for each major/minor. Application and acceptance to the program are also required.
Required courses (9 hours)
- ENTR 5500/7500: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
- ENTR 5505/7505: Funding the Entrepreneurial Venture
- ENTR 5525/7525: Managing the Entrepreneurial Venture
Elective courses (6 hours minimum)
View elective courses listed by college.
The Entrepreneurship Program serves students by providing “hands-on” opportunities in entrepreneurship as well as universitywide resources for on-campus startups.
Two national pitch competitions
The Entrepreneurship Program also aims to provide resources for the university community including students, faculty, alumni and friends that lead to the launching of successful business ventures.
- The Kickstart Fund has distributed more than $160,232 to 49 student startups
- Paid internships and employment opportunities
- Connecting students with local and regional business incubators
- Facilitating connections to local startups for internships, employment and research opportunities
“As someone constantly focused on improvement, both personally and in the collective organizations I’m a part of, I find the bold vision set by those in the entrepreneurship programs here at UGA immensely inspiring.”
— Will Arnow, freshman, Class of ’23
“They helped me understand starting a business isn’t as intimidating as it seems to be…I was educated on how I wanted to start my business, and the certificate helped me take my idea and know how to navigate it. It was cool that like-minded people could collaborate and bring in perspectives on someone else’s business.”
— Kristi Frank, BBA Marketing and former Society of Entrepreneurs president ’17
“The Entrepreneurship Program gifted a skillset to make my ideations reality.”
— Trey Sinyard, BBA Finance, BS Biochemistry ’11