Grow Lab Lunches

Each month at our Grow Labs Lunches, Athensmade invites experts in to guide you on the path to success by tackling issues specific to entrepreneurs and local start-ups. We provide lunch for attendees and the event is open to the public.

Founders Circles

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road if you travel it alone. That's why Athensmade works to match local business owners and startups with others of similar size and growth trajectories through Founders Circles. These intimate groups typically consist of 5-10 founders that meet weekly or monthly to share their experiences, keep each other on task, and otherwise provide the encouragement needed to keep going when the going gets tough.

Expert Meetings

Business experts within the Athensmade community volunteer time to mentor and provide professional resources to ensure local entrepreneurs have low-cost access to the personalized services and information they need to stay and grow in Athens. One-on-One meetings are available throughout the year and by request.

Athensmade Happy Hour

Finding the connections you need to get your idea off the ground can be a challenge. Where do you find the entrepreneurs, developers, designers, founders, and tech savvy talent of Athens? Athensmade Happy Hour! The Classic City's best and brightest gather ever Wednesday night to bounce around ideas, discuss startup strategies, share workflow woes, and grow our networks.

Startup Stories

Startup Stories, an evening event held quarterly, features the first-person stories of entrepreneurs and startups that have grown out of Athens’ unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Meet the Maker

Meet the Maker events introduce Athensmade entrepreneurs and startups to local and regional audiences through an intimate in-person experience and tours of their spaces.

1 Million Cups

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012 - a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 180 communities. 1 Million Cups Athens meets weekly on Wednesday mornings and features a short presentation by a local entrepreneur in the early stages of launching their business.

Athensmade Stories

Athensmade’s quality storytelling of Athens’ entrepreneur engages Athensmade artisans, inventors, business and thought leaders in expert knowledge sharing. These conversations are shared with a local, regional & national audience through focused social marketing with the intention to inform a national audience about the world-class creative achievements happening in Athens so that we may attract more people to do business in the classic city.


Community Co-Work

Need a break from your kitchen table and the local coffee shop? The UGA Entrepreneurship Program is hosting Community Co-Work every Thursday at Studio 225 for any and everyone looking for a spacious, state-of-the-art space to work once a week. Phone booths and shuffleboard included!