Students2Startups Fall 2015

Students2Startups returned to UGA last week, bringing Athens-based startup companies to the Boyd Science Library Lobby on Tuesday September 1st for an afternoon of discovery and connection with UGA students. Held on campus each Fall and Spring semester, Students2Startups is a unique opportunity to connect students eager for real-world experience with leaders in the Athens business community.


Nearly 200 students browsed company demonstrations, enjoying free food and drinks while networking with local startup and tech company founders to explore opportunities for further involvement. Previously known as “Talk Tech,” these events have been a successful launch point for students placed in internships and further engaging in local entrepreneurial and startup endeavors over the past four years.


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Athens companies at the Fall 2015 Students2Startups included:


20150901_700pxSeveral UGA student groups were also on site, including Terry MBA Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club, UGA Association for Computing Machinery, and the UGA Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as the new Entrepreneurship Program of the Terry School of Business.


“We hold this event on campus to bring the startup community directly to students at UGA,” explained Four Athens Executive Director Jim Flannery. “Linking student talent to our member companies is key to supporting the local startup scene as it continues to grow and thrive in Athens.”


At the height of the event, the energy in the lobby was palpable as many students expressed their delight in learning how many tech startups are based and active in the Athens area. The companies in attendance were similarly pleased by the caliber of talented students interested in working with local startups.


A dedicated group of volunteers were also on hand to help set up the space, greet students during the event, and clean up afterwards. Volunteer students of the Terry MBA and Business Law programs, and a local digital media freelance artist, ensured all the details of the afternoon ran smoothly. We want to send a huge thanks to them, and to everyone that participated to make the Fall 2015 Students2Startups event the biggest one yet.

We look forward to the next Students2Startups at UGA in Spring 2016!

Tamara Neff
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