Come listen to Brandon speak on his entrepreneurial journey with Starboard Inv. and becoming a Jimmy Johns franchisee.
Cofounder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, Michael J. Coles is a business expert, serial entrepreneur, education advocate, and well-known public speaker. From starting three businesses, setting transcontinental world cycling records, making two bids for U.S. Congress, and writing legislation for Georgia film tax credit that changed an industry, Coles’ story is one of true grit and perseverance. In his recently-released memoir, Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business in Life, Coles’ reflects on his notable life and shares a wealth of knowledge and tips that he has gathered over the years as a business leader. In the memoir, he recounts the failures and successes that led him from poverty and a near-fatal motorcycle accident to founding a $100-million company and becoming the namesake of the business school at Georgia’s third largest university—despite never having attended college himself.
Lowery serves as the Executive Director for Selous Venture Society in Nashville and for the AIM Growth Fund. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business where he was also a member of the UGA Men’s Golf Team. Prior to AIM Group, Lowery received extensive experience in financial services where he worked with entrepreneurs and early stage companies from his past tenures with A. Logan Brokerage in New York City, and Rhodes Risk Advisors in Atlanta.
As President and CEO of Landmark Properties, Wes Rogers has overseen the design, financing, development, and operations of over $4 Billion worth of new construction student housing. With over $2 Billion of student housing currently under construction, Landmark has been consistently ranked the most active student housing developer and largest student housing general contractor in the country.
Emily Reichman joined Jackson Square Ventures in 2017, but she previosly was the founder and CEO of an online sporting event registration and marketing company, GetSetGo. GetSetGo grew into Active.com, which ultimately raised more than $50 million in venture capital before being taken private for $1 billion.
Learn more about Reichman and enjoy some free Chick-Fil-A.
Applications for the Entrepreneurship Certificate program are due by October 1, 2018 at midnight. UGA students of ANY major or program of study are encouraged to apply!
Applications must have at least 30 hours of coursework and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Join us next Tuesday for Speaker Series with Sean Gordon, Founder & CEO of HIRENAMI.
Sean is an inventor and founder of several SaaS companies including Hirenami and vidREACH. He's also an inventor of a sales acceleration software with successful multi-million capital raises. Come to Amos Hall B12 for free food and Sean's story!
Applications are OPEN for the Fall 2018 Idea Accelerator! Take your idea from the back of a npakin to a scalable business model in just 8 weeks, guided by experienced entrepreneurs. If you have an idea, we encourage you to apply - don't worry if your idea isn't fully developed. We'll help you get there.
More information about the Idea Accelerator and the application can be found here.
The Entrepreneurship Program invites you to our annual Welcome Back Barbeque! Come out to enjoy food and games with faculty, staff, and familiar faces. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in the program to learn more about how they can get involved. We hope to see everyone there!
BBQ will be held on the Special Collections Library Lawn behind Correll Hall at 4pm on Friday, August 24.
Come to UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur contest to see student startup teams from across the U.S. pitch for the $10,000 grand prize. Enjoy food and drinks at Hotel Indigo and support your local startup community during Athens Startup Week.
For more info please visit https://www.terry.uga.edu/events/next-top-entrepreneur .
The UGA Entrepreneurship Program and FourAthens have teamed up to bring back the Students2Startups event! Local Companies and student startups set up tables on campus for students to learn more about the startup community, explore job and internship opportunities, and to engage with other entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Come out and learn what is happening in and around Athens, score a job or internship and make new friends! Free admission to the event and food is provided.
Non-member form: https://fourathens.typeform.com/to/VIJvpy
Member (& student teams) form: https://fourathens.typeform.com/to/g0TjD
Join us this Thursday in Correll 214 for Emily Reichman!
Emily joined Jackson Square Ventures in 2017. Previously Emily was the founder and CEO of an online sporting event-registration and marketing company, GetSetGo. GetSetGo grew into Active.com which ultimately raised over $50 million in venture capital, before being taken private for $1 billion.
The final competition for FABricate, UGA's own food and agribusiness entrepreneurial initiative, will be held on March 28th. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to come out to enjoy the competition, indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres, and vote to determine which team will win the grand prize!
Join us for the final live competition to see which team will be awarded the $25,000 grand prize and continue their startup journey in New York at the Next Great Consumer Brands Conference. Time TBD.
For more information about NGCB, visit http://www.terry.uga.edu/events/next-great-consumer-brands.
Apply before March 18th, 2018 for a chance to compete for $10,000! Information regarding eligibility and the application process can be found at www.ugaentr.com/nte .
UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur 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!
Are you interested in working for and learning from some of the hottest startups in Atlanta? Atlanta Tech Village is back with another internship/job fair, with 50+ startups looking for motivated, hard working students to join their team. For more information about this event and registration visit the Atlanta Tech Village event page.
Don't forget! Applications for the Spring 2018 Idea Accelerator are due on February 1st. Students who are ready to start or expand their business are encouraged to apply. Visit www.ugaentr.com/uga-accelerator for more information about the program and application process!
1 Million Cups is a weekly event that brings together entrepreneurs and the Athens community over coffee and conversations.
Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups - a free program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities. Four Athens is excited to bring 1 Million Cups to Athens.
Join us for the final speaker series of the semester on November 7th, 2017.
Thrasher Photo and Design is a Creative Agency founded in 2004 by Beth Hall Thrasher and Jason Thrasher. The Thrashers create photography, video, branding, print and web design for clients in Athens and Atlanta, GA, and for companies as far-flung as Dallas, Washington DC, Miami, Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
Jason Thrasher is the PHOTO and Beth Hall Thrasher is the DESIGN of Thrasher Photo and Design. Jason’s photography has been exhibited nationally, from New Orleans to London– his solo show about the Athens music scene, Athens Potluck, was showcased in the Atrium Gallery of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Georgia Theatre Gallery in Athens, and will be available in book form this fall. Jason’s photographs have been published in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Garden & Gun, and the New York Times, to name just a few.
Beth’s background as an art director for television at NHK-Tokyo, CNN-Headline News in Atlanta, and CBS in San Francisco won her an Emmy Award and two Radio-Television News Directors Awards for Art Direction; her history as an interactive designer started with gigs for Electronic Arts and Apple in California; and her web designs have garnered Earl Awards at the prestigious SXSW Interactive Conference, and the NAPA Award for Outstanding Web Design in 2015. Beth is also the founder of the Short Attention Span Film and Video Festival which toured short films (two minutes, or shorter) internationally for more than ten years.
Don't miss the inaugural Downtown Tech Crawl, the first event of its kind in Athens.
On November 1st, four top technology-based businesses in Downtown Athens will showcase their offices and play hosts to students and young professionals. This event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to learn about career opportunities in growing industries and get a behind-the-scenes look at how they operate. Participants will register and begin at one location and then progressively migrate to the other three offices throughout the evening. Each office will be giving tours, networking, and providing great local food.
This event is free and open to the public, but those wishing to attend must RSVP online by Monday, October 30.
Joe Koufman is the founder and CEO of AgencySparks which is a matchmaker for brands and marketing agencies. Prior to founding AgencySparks, Joe spent 6 years running marketing and business development for Engauge, an independent marketing agency acquired by Publicis Groupe and merged with Moxie in 2013. Joe also serves on the board of advisers for the Marketing Program here at the Terry College of Business and hosts a weekly online radio music show for leisure.
Join us for Joe's story and free Chick-fil-A.
David Rowe is the founder of Athens Music School and the Vice President of Partner Software. David took an organic approach to the business administration as he himself worked his way from a staff role in product design and development to eventually found himself as the CEO of Partner Software. He currently serves as the Vice president of Partner Software which calls Athens home.
Adam Wexler is the Founder and CEO of SidePrize, a platform for raising the stakes in season-long fantasy leagues. The company is a Dodgers Accelerator graduate and has won a number of awards including the Fantasy Sports Trade Association's 2016 'Rookie of the Year.'
Prior to his latest endeavor, Adam founded Insightpool, The Influencer Marketing Platform which has raised upwards of $10M and serves clients from Coca Cola to NBC Universal. Adam also consulted with the Atlanta Hawks on their digital and social strategy during their record-breaking 2014-2015 season.
Join us for Adam's entrepreneurial story and Chick-fil-a.
Tami has an insatiable desire to drive an innovative approach that fuels disruption in emerging markets.
Tami is the co-founder of 31south, a marketing agency focused on hyper-growth technology companies. Previously, Tami joined one the fastest-growing a B2B SaaS startups in the U.S. as the first marketing hire and employee #9 at SalesLoft.
Rooted firmly in South African soil, Tami calls Atlanta home, a city she believes holds exponential potential.
Join us on Tuesday, September 12th to hear Tami's experiences and enjoy refreshments.