Innovation Bootcamp: Women’s Entrepreneurship

Cohort Innovation Bootcamp

As the Innovation District moves forward and the entrepreneurship ecosystem continues to thrive at UGA, we want to make sure that our programs are truly inclusive and represent the diversity of our campus. To facilitate this goal, a focused Innovation Bootcamp program has been developed that will deliver tailored training in order to equip attendees with the key skills needed for success in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment. The Spring 2020 Bootcamp, which has been designed specifically to examine the unique challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, begins Feb. 18 and runs through March 31.

Over the course of seven weeks, the cohort will meet weekly to learn firsthand about the basics of commercialization and targeted skill-building, as well as receive one-on-one support from experienced coaches, many of whom are successful entrepreneurs. This program is open to all faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows. Participants should complete their application by February 4th and those selected will be notified by February 7th.

To maximize the learning experience, it is important for the cohort to go through the bootcamp together. Please review the Innovation Bootcamp schedule below prior to committing to this workshop. The program includes a mixture of class sessions, group project time, and one-on-one coaching. Participants should be prepared to spend 4-5 hours total per week in the program.

Applications have closed for this cohort of the Bootcamp. If you have any questions or would like information regarding future Bootcamps, please email Grace Trimble at grace.trimble@uga.edu.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Week 1: Feb. 18th
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cohort Networking Time
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Introduction and Program Overview
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm: Group Project Overview and Expectations
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Kickoff speaker – Jamine Moton, Skylar Security
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Welcome – Networking with Cohort and Champions
Week 2: Feb. 25th
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cohort Networking Time
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Commercialization Basics/Project Assignment Overview
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Lessons Learned – Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Office Hours – by appointment during the week (1-hour)
Week 3: Mar. 3
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cohort Networking Time
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Commercialization Basics, continued/Project Team work time
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Lessons Learned – Academic Startups
  • Office Hours – by appointment during the week (1-hour)
Week 4: Mar. 9
  • Spring Break Week
Week 5: Mar. 17
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cohort Networking Time
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Making Impactful Presentations/Learning to Pitch
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Lessons Learned – The “dos and don’ts of pitching”
  • Office Hours – by appointment during the week (1-hour)
  • Personal Coaching – by appointment during the week (1-hour)
Week 6: Mar. 24 At Cine**
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cohort Networking Time
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Finding and Getting Funding, Available Resources
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm: Practice Your Pitch, with Cohort and Coaches
  • Office Hours – by appointment during the week (1-hour)
  • Personal Coaching – by appointment during the week (1-hour)
Week 7: Mar. 31
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Cohort Networking Time
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm: Planning for Success
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm: Lessons Learned – Making it Work for You
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Pitch Event
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Celebration – Networking with Cohort and Champions
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