UGA Idea Accelerator

Accelerate your idea

The University of Georgia’s Idea Accelerator is designed to determine if your concept can develop from an idea on the back of a napkin into a scalable business. Leveraging its decades of lessons learned from building successful startups, Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) — the Idea Accelerator’s sponsor — will validate your idea in eight weeks. Now in its fifth year, the Idea Accelerator has worked with nearly 400 teams in the Athens area to test the viability of their ideas.

During the eight-week validation process, you will utilize ATDC’s proven methods and tools to test your ideas, interact with customers, and pitch others to join you. ATDC’s successful entrepreneurs and subject matter experts will also vet and validate your financial assumptions. For the eight-week duration, all Idea Accelerator participants are expected to openly and honestly engage and interact with one another, with mentors, and ATDC’s experts.

We seek strong teams that are chasing big ideas. We want to work with you to create successful, scalable businesses. If this describes you, join us.


Although there is no "one-size fits all solution" for building a business, while you participate in the Idea Accelerator, you will be expected to follow a few simple expectations.

  • All teams are expected to share openly with fellow cohort members.

  • All teams are expected to keep confidential what they hear from other teams.

  • Give without expectation, be engaged, be transparent, be persistent.

  • Your potential customers are the answer.

  • The Accelerator Program is an "excuse free" zone. If you do not accomplish the weekly assigned work, you will be asked to leave the program.

Upcoming UGA Idea Accelerator Dates:

Applications Due: September 6, 2019

Program Duration (Mondays & Thursdays): September 12 - November 7, 2019

Demo Day: November 11, 2019