Find out what’s new with the Innovation District initiative. And see how our faculty and students are creating novel solutions.
A startup idea called Meld, an internship platform connecting college students with small businesses seeking workers, won the $2,500 top prize at the University of Georgia’s 2021 Community Design Sprint virtual pitch competition. Created by Sabrina Greco, a Franklin College of Arts and Sciences senior majoring in French and psychology, Meld would respond to the […]
Every groundbreaking startup begins with a really good idea, but what if that good idea can’t get off the ground. That was a question facing the members of the UGA Kickstart Fund — the Entrepreneurship Program’s student-led startup fund — as they waded through grant applications for their 2020-21 funding cycle.
In the nine months since Valeria Brenner won the UGA Entrepreneurship Program’s Idea Accelerator pitch contest, she’s been busy. She retooled Thryft Ship — her startup idea to streamline shipping for social media merchants — and launched it successfully. She leaned into her Instagram community and converted her network into customers, helping more than 200 […]
Metropolis, a Dallas-area healthcare startup, has relocated to Athens to establish its headquarters in our growing Innovation District. Metropolis uses advanced digital technology to streamline recruiting processes for healthcare providers in large U.S. metropolitan areas. Led by CEO, co-founder and UGA alumnus Scott Edwards, Metropolis moved into the Innovation Hub on June 7.
Nick Dasoveanu, a graduating economics student from Duluth, won the UGA Idea Accelerator pitch contest, held April 19, with his plan for a site where traders could stream their trading activity and portfolios live. Inspired in part by Twitch, a platform that allows gamers the ability to stream their gameplay live to their fans, Dasoveanu […]
The toll of traumatic brain injury, which affects an estimated 5.3 million in the U.S., is enormous. But a UGA-developed hydrogel, dubbed “brain glue” by researchers, shows promise for treating and possibly helping repair severe brain injuries, according to a recently published study. With support from partners in UGA’s Innovation District, researchers have filed a […]
Every pet owner wants their pet to feel safe and secure, especially on daunting trips to the veterinarian’s office. One major hurdle is the frigid stainless steel tables that offer an unappealing surface for animals that are used to the comfort of home. During the 2021 University of Georgia Food, Agribusiness and Entrepreneurial Initiative (FABricate) […]
UGA scientists developed an innovative coating to prevent liquids like water and blood—and the bacteria that live in them—from sticking onto surfaces such as particular medical devices. The researchers also found that the liquid-repellant coating can kill bacteria and halt blood clot formation on an object’s surface.
Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction and a prominent researcher in the field of assistive communication technology and speech sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is the ninth University of Georgia faculty member elected as an NAI Fellow, all of whom have been elected in the past seven years.
For faculty, learning to launch a startup venture while also managing research laboratories, instruction and other duties is no small feat. To help them find success, the Innovation District is expanding its Startup Mentor Program. The program pairs experienced entrepreneurs—many of them successful UGA alumni—with faculty members to help coach and inspire them.
Instagram has become a steady source of income for millions of merchants, who use the social networking platform to sell everything from art to vintage clothing and makeup. Businesses have found ways to do most of their direct-to-consumer transactions on the app, but shipping has remained a time-consuming challenge. That’s where Valeria Brenner’s idea for ThryftShip […]
Young entrepreneurs from 14 Southeastern Conference universities presented their startup ideas at the SEC’s first-ever virtual Student Pitch Competition, hosted Oct. 26 by the University of Georgia’s Entrepreneurship Program. The contest featured the brightest, battle-tested student startup from each SEC institution, ranging from new financial technology to medical devices.
We have liftoff! A student-led effort to get the University of Georgia’s first research satellite into space was a success. The small satellite SPOC, short for Spectral Ocean Color, launched aboard an Antares rocket from the Wallops Facility in Virginia on October 2. The Small Satellite Research Lab is a collaboration between students and faculty researchers […]
The university’s reputation for innovation with impact is paying off not just in the number of startups being formed but also in the success those companies are having in attracting funding support to develop their products. In fiscal year 2020, UGA startups surpassed $7.3 million in this type of funding, a jump of more than 60% from […]
It is easier and far cheaper to create explosives than it is to dispose of them. That leads to stockpiles of munitions with no place to go. It took many years of study, but UGA professor Valentine Nzengung eventually discovered a way to destroy explosive materials in a way that protects people and the environment. […]
UGA entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies soon will have an opportunity to connect directly with the country’s largest source of early-stage funding. The University of Georgia’s Innovation Gateway is hosting the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Regional Small Business Innovation Research Week—virtually—beginning Sept. 14. It will provide a rare opportunity for innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, technology companies and small businesses […]
The right internship can be the first building block to a successful career in business, but what happens when a pandemic scuttles the entry-level experience of a summer internship? For some Terry College of Business students, it meant changing tracks and putting their time and talents to work for community organizations and small businesses. “We […]
As the University of Georgia prepared to reopen campus for classes, a few first-year students donned masks to preview in-person learning this semester. Sixteen incoming University of Georgia students participated in Dawg Camp Innovate, an extended orientation program that introduced them to the UGA and Athens entrepreneurship community and the resources to help them grow businesses […]
Eleven teams, which include UGA faculty, staff, students and community members, participated in the six-week learning process this summer and presented their findings at the online I-Corps Summer 2020 Showcase held July 27. To date, 85 teams have completed the accelerator program, but this was the first cohort to receive the educational curriculum entirely online.
When it comes to converting original research into economic impact, the University of Georgia is one of the nation’s most productive large institutions. UGA ranked No. 10 for productivity in generating innovation impact among large research universities, according to The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities report from the George W. Bush Institute and Opus Faveo Innovation Development.
The vibrant, bustling downtown Athens area may look a little different these days due to the impact of COVID-19. Without the typical steady stream of students and patrons throughout the spring and summer, some businesses and organizations have been forced to find new ways to stay afloat. But UGA innovators have come up with ways […]
The MIS Department of the Terry College of Business is providing an opportunity for small businesses to involve students in projects related to their technology acumen or online presence. Each project will be carried out by a student (or team of students) under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The focus will be on solving […]