The UGA Entrepreneurship Program provides students with hands-on opportunities, resources in the Innovation Gateway,
as well as university-wide resources for on-campus startups, all in an effort to help
launch successful business ventures:
UGA Idea Accelerator Program
The UGA Idea Accelerator Program, sponsored by UGA’s Entrepreneurship Program in partnership
with UGA's Thinc Initiative and Four Athens, takes place twice a year in the fall
and spring semesters. This 8-week "business boot camp" prepares students for the next
step in their business development.
Students who are ready to start or expand their business are encouraged to apply to
the UGA Idea Accelerator Program. The program provides students 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
Participants receive honest, unfiltered advice and feedback, help with critical business
decisions, and lasting results for their business. Students are held accountable to
key performance indicators and receive real-world experiences from seasoned mentors
and investors. The accepted companies will form a cohort to test ideas, discover their
customers, develop their model, and compete for a final award of $5,000.
Teams will meet twice a week for an hour and a half over the course of 8 weeks. Students
will be challenged and held accountable for developing their business throughout the
entirety of the UGA Idea Accelerator Program.
The program is broken down in to 3 rounds with teams competing to move on to the next
- Weeks 1 - 4: Customer Discovery Process
- Weeks 5 & 6: Financial Literacy
- Weeks 7 & 8: Investor Readiness
Those who make it to the final round of the program will be given the opportunity
to pitch their business plan to a panel of judges for a $5,000 award.
APPLY TO THE UGA IDEA ACCEPERATOR PROGRAM
Student Startup Incubator
The former design studio for the College of Environmental Design is being renovated
into a student startup incubator space that will be used as an office space and co-working
space for team collaboration. The Student Startup Incubator will host socials on home
game Fridays to allow students and ENTR alumni to connect and gear up for the game.
- Student Startup Office Space
- Co-Working Space
- Presentation Space
- 11,00 sq ft.
UGA Kickstart Fund
The UGA Kickstart Fund is a privately funded program designed to provide seed grant
funding to student and faculty startups. Companies receive grant amounts of between
$1,000 and $5,000 in support of their company ideas. Companies submit a summary of
their business and justification for the funding. Decisions on who and how much are
made by an outside panel of entrepreneurs.
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Interested in any of these programs?
to the Terry Entrepreneurship Program Support Fund