Applications for UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur are now closed!

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live Competition: April 18th, 2019

application deadline: march 20, 2019

The UGA Entrepreneurship Program invites you to take part in UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur Pitch Competition on April 18th, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm in the new Studio 225 Incubator Space.

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!

About the competition:

Students from any college or university with a solid business idea, concept, product and/or existing business are invited to pitch in front of a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs for a chance to win $10,000. 

Teams will be evaluated on their business model, the validity of their idea, and their ability to execute. Our judges are looking for the business with greatest potential for success.

Teams traveling out of state for the competition are eligible for travel reimbursement (limited to 4 students).

Startup Team Requirements

  • At least two team members must be active undergraduate/graduate level students (no doctoral students).

  • The startup must have less than $1 million in annual sales.

  • There is no limit on the type of business.

  • Only 4 members of the team may participate in the competition (no exceptions).

2019 Winner :  Winter Innovations, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2019 Winner : Winter Innovations, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2018 Winner : Yellow Card, Auburn University

2018 Winner : Yellow Card, Auburn University

Application Deadline: March 20, 2019
Finalists Announced: March 27, 2019
Live Final Competition: April 18, 2019

how to apply:

In your application, please include:

  • Business Abstract: include in your abstract who is the target market and who is the addressable market

  • 2-minute pitch video

  • Statement of revenue for the last 12 months

  • Additional photos, videos, and/or website links to help your business stand out.

Only completed applications will be accepted.

The applicant pool will be judged by an internal committee. The top 8 teams will advance to the next round in Athens, Georgia. 

The pitch competition will take place in front of a live audience with a panel of 5 judges who have experience in the startup and business world. These judges will pick the winning team that will walk away with $10,000!