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.
The ideal candidates would be teams who have gone through the UGA Idea Accelerator or any other student team that is ready to actively launch their business between semesters. Teams will meet once a week to discuss obstacles and how to overcome common problems with experienced entrepreneurs.
Come listen to Brandon speak on his entrepreneurial journey with Starboard Inv. and becoming a Jimmy Johns franchisee.
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.