The UGA Idea Accelerator Program, sponsored by UGA’s Entrepreneurship Program and ATDC, takes place twice each fall
and spring semester. There are two, four-week “business boot camp” sessions that prepare
students for the next step in their business development.
Students with an idea or who are ready to start/expand their business are encouraged
to apply to the UGA Idea Accelerator Program. The program provides students with access
to a board of experienced, successful entrepreneurs, advisers, and investors who mentor
student entrepreneurs. Focus areas are customer discovery, strategic planning, recognizing
times to pivot, generating revenue, and developing key contacts.
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 form a cohort to test ideas, discover their
customers, develop their model, and compete for a final award of $2,500 per session.
Teams meet (virtually during COVID-19 social distancing) twice a week for an hour
and a half over four weeks. Students are challenged and held accountable for developing
their business throughout the UGA Idea Accelerator Program.
The program is broken down into three rounds with teams competing to move on to the
Weeks 1 - 2: Customer discovery process
Weeks 2 - 3: Financial literacy
Weeks 3 - 4: Investor readiness
Those who advance to the final round of the program pitch their business plan to a
panel of judges for a $2,500 award.
Applications for Summer 2021 are open!
The Entrepreneurship Program has made a few changes. The UGA Idea Accelerator now
has two, four-week cohorts instead of one, eight-week cohort during Spring 2021. Both cohorts are virtual.
Cohort 2: March 22 - April 15, 2021 Demo Day: April 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Cohort 1: February 11 - March 4, 2021
Demo Day: March 8, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Fall 2020 Cohort 1 Winner: Congratulations to Valeria Brenner, Owner & Operator of ThryftShip!
Fall 2020 Cohort 2 Winner: Congratulations to Kristen Dunning, Founder of Professional Plant Girl!