This fall semester, the University of Georgia’s new Innovation Hub will be buzzing with a series of in-person Innovation District events open to the university and Athens community.
The programs include opportunities to network with community innovators and entrepreneurs, learn how to get university startups off the ground, and pitch business ideas for cash.
For musicians interested in the business behind their craft, UGA is hosting a seven-week Innovation Bootcamp.
Find programs that fit your interests below.
Innovation District Seminar Series UGA Quick Pitch
Sept. 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
Apply for a chance to be one of 10 finalists who will pitch live for the opportunity to win $1,000.
Or watch 10 brilliant ideas pitch for the $1,000 prize and network with other entrepreneurs.
UGA I-Corps Fall 2021 Cohort
Sept. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
UGA I-Corps is now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort. Apply now.
If you’ve got a technology-based startup idea from your lab or just something you’ve been working on, take this opportunity to find out if your vision will be commercially viable through customer discovery.
This eight-week program starts Sept. 13, so apply soon.
Innovation Bootcamp is a targeted program to engage with underrepresented groups and welcome them to UGA’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Startup 101 with SGR Law on CRISPR-based IP and Software IP
Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Learn the latest developments and best practices for emerging technologies like CRISPR and good IP strategy for software-based technologies.
Innovation District Seminar Series: Innovation Hub Community Welcome
Oct. 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join us for this networking and workshop event that will introduce the Innovation Hub to our friends in the Athens-Clarke County community. Help us brainstorm ways to work together to solve challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Startup 101: University Faculty and Startups featuring Marty Moore
Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come hear from UGA alumnus Marty Moore BS ’95, PhD ’03, co-founder and CEO of Meissa Vaccines. Before co-founding Meissa, Moore was an associate professor at Emory University and director of the Emory Children’s Center for Childhood Infections and Vaccines.
Learn about the path from being tenure-track faculty member to leading a startup from this local success story.
UGA I-Corps Fall Showcase
Nov. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the conclusion of another UGA I-Corps cohort with a night of pitch presentations, food, drink and networking with the people behind the next batch of exciting ideas in the UGA pipeline.
Innovation District Seminar Series: Investor Showcase
Nov. 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
Learn how investors think and how companies pitch for their seed rounds.
Company pitches and an investor panel will be followed by a networking session with food and drink.
Startup 101: Free Money
Nov. 12, 11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us for a lunch-and-learn about the different grant options available to UGA startups, including Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants and some tips and tricks for applying for them. Also, hear from a panel of previous SBIR/STTR awardees and what led to their successful proposals.