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Student Groups

Emory Entrepreneurship & Venture Management (EEVM) - the premier entrepreneurship club on campus with 30 annual events including hackathons, networking nights and workshops

Alpha Kappa Psi - professional co-ed business fraternity

Accelerators and Incubators

Emory Startup Launch Accelerator - university-run 10-week long accelerator program that starts in October. Maximum team size is 4 members with at least one member of the team being a current Emory student, alumni, faculty or staff member. Preference will be given to healthcare related startups.

Excellerator - EEVM's student-led startup incubator. The Excellerator program includes a 12-week intensive startup incubator for Emory student-led businesses. Excellerator guides participating businesses from ideation to implementation through individualized workshops, culminating in a pitch summit with local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and Emory professors.

Techstars ATL - Techstars hosts 3-month long accelerator programs - a notable one in partnership with Cox Enterprises

Hackathons and Competitions

HackATL - annual 48-hour business-focused hackathon, attracting 1,000+ students from top undergraduate programs across the United States. No business, design, or coding experience is required to participate. Combined cash prizes of $10,000.

Pitch the Summit Competition at Emory Entrepreneurship Summit - elevator pitch competition that provides undergraduates the opportunity to learn how to pitch an idea for a new venture

University Resources

Pitch the Professors - Goizueta students are invited to pitch their startup concept to professors who will provide feedback and recommendations. The best 8 concept pitches will receive 6 months free space at the Atlanta Tech Village and a spot at the ATV incubator, business mentoring and legal advice and a chance to pitch to a venture capitalist. Apply here.

Innovation Deck - 24/7 workspace and entrepreneurship hub on Emory's campus with a skyline view

Innovation Learning Communities - Raoul Hall (freshmen) and Woodruff Hall (sophomores) have been designated as social entrepreneurship/learning communities on the Emory University campus.

Digital Life TechLab - The Emory Student Digital Life TechLab in Cox Hall offers an area for new technologies to be introduced to the campus and evaluated for their use in academic life. Various technologies, including 3D printing and 3D scanning, are now available in the TechLab.

Atlanta Tech Village - Atlanta Tech Village has incubator programs sponsored by Goizueta. They hold a pre-accelerator program for women and people of color and host the Atlanta Startup Village bi-monthly gatherings.

Entrepreneurs in Residence - The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) program brings experienced entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to campus for several days of presentations and meetings with students, faculty, and staff.

The Hatchery - a space for entrepreneurial minded students to work and collaborate, also hosts programming and entrepreneurship related events

Notable Courses

Applied Entrepreneurship with Dr. Charles Goetz (OAM 471)

Ideation with Dr. Joseph Reiman (MKT 441)

Design Thinking with Dr. Jan Barton (BUS 499)


Contrary - University-focused venture fund investing up to $500K in emerging startups launching from the university scene around the US

Raise Forum - for later stage companies - RAISE Forum is creating local funding for in-revenue companies that need an investment round between $500K and $5MM

Atlanta Tech Angels - supporting early stage startups in the Southeast

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