Idea Accelerator


Athens entrepreneurs, have you heard of the UGA Idea Accelerator? This is a program that supports entrepreneurs to take their business idea and, in 8 weeks, validate whether the idea can turn into a real business. 

This Idea Accelerator program has run for 6 sessions, helped over 145 teams, and have given away $30,000 in grant funding to help these businesses grow. 

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 entering its fourth year, the Idea Accelerator has worked with more than 100 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.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 14, 2017.Program kicks off on Monday, September 18, 2017.