UGA Center for Entrepreneurship
The space houses faculty and staff offices as well as several spaces where student entrepreneurs can meet with mentors and each other to develop ideas. In addition to huddle rooms, conference rooms, and study nooks, the building includes a variety of multipurpose educational rooms – such as a maker space, pitch deck, and a collaboration space – where students can work through business plans and showcase ideas to potential investors.
Programs for Students
FABricate is both a contest and a course for students to expand their leadership and business skills while developing an idea for a new food product, agricultural business, or environmental opportunity.
The New Media Institute (NMI) is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to exploring emerging technologies. Its curriculum focuses on critical investigations into the constantly changing media landscape, the development of skills to build commercial products, and the creation of projects that use new media solutions to address real-world problems.
The UGA Entrepreneurship Certificate 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 start-up ventures.
The Student Industry Fellows Program cultivates innovation competencies among UGA graduate and undergraduate students and fosters mutually beneficial partnerships with industry stakeholders, start-ups, and other organizations that are seeking to solve emergent and pressing challenges through unique, inter-disciplinary courses and experiences. Through this process, UGA plays a vital role in building the talent of today and empowering them to solve tomorrow’s challenges.
Develop Your Idea
The UGA Summer Launch Program provides workshops and funding for student teams that are ready to actively launch their business between semesters.
The UGA Idea Accelerator Program is an 8-week "business boot camp" that prepares students for the next step in their business development.
The Collegiate Great Brands Competition brings together student teams from across the nation to pitch their ventures to entrepreneurial experts for the opportunity to receive funding for their ideas.
Open to UGA students, employees, and community members, the Innovation Quick Pitch selects teams to pitch their great business ideas in 90 seconds. Winners get up to $1,000. Teams don’t need an ongoing business, revenue, a business plan, or even a product, just a really good idea.
UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is open to student startup teams from all over the country. During this live event, teams pitch their existing business plans or business idea in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. At the end of the competition, one winning team is awarded $10,000 to fund their venture.
Innovation at Work
As a student, Kaitlin Lutz saw a problem. According to her research, the construction industry was suffering from a skilled worker shortage. Her solution was to create a program that supports, connects, and advances women as skilled professionals and leaders in the construction industry: Sparke Women. Lutz won a $5,000 grant from the UGA Idea Accelerator Program, an eight-week session that prepares students to solve problems and start businesses.
Lutz, who graduated in 2019, took that idea and transformed it into the web platform New Crew to help contractors find qualified workers and grow their businesses.
The right to an attorney does not extend to civil law, and that leaves many of the community’s most vulnerable at a disadvantage in family, housing, and health care disputes.
To address that need in Athens-Clarke County, a group of students in the New Media Institute partnered with the volunteer organization Athens Access to Justice to offer technology-based solutions. The students developed a website that begins to make civil law a little more approachable for litigants hoping to argue their own cases without a lawyer.