Start Something…On Your Own

A panel discussion about entrepreneurship with Connie Tang, CEO of Princess House, and Britney Vickery, Founder and CEO of Initials, Inc.

There will be a reception in the Miller Learning Center Rotunda after the panel discussion (3:30-4:30) — with food AND door prizes.

Ms. Connie Tang, CEO, Princess House. Appointed Princess House’s first woman President and CEO in early 2012, one year shy of the company’s 50th anniversary, Connie soon undertook a fresh new rebranding initiative designed to position Princess House for its next 50 years of success. A primary focus of the rebranding initiative is to infuse the company, its products and its business opportunity with new energy, relevance and freshness for the 21st century in order to attract more consultants from all walks of life, age groups and cultural backgrounds. It’s a move that reflects Connie’s understanding of the evolving, multi-cultural makeup of the U.S. and the power of Princess House to reach an increasingly diverse population. As a respected 50-year-old company with a consultant and consumer base that is three-quarters Latino, Princess House is uniquely positioned to take the lead in offering independent business opportunities to all women. The numbers show the company is already realizing results. In 2013, Massachusetts-based Princess House reached a record-breaking number of 25,000 consultants.

Ms. Britney C. Vickery, CEO & Founder, Initials, Inc. She brings more than 16 years of professional and executive management experience. A serial entrepreneur, Initials, Inc. represents her strongest accomplishment to date. Ranked No. 762 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately held companies for 2013 – up 793 spots from 2012. Beginning her professional career with a Fortune 100 company in 1997 she later moved into collegiate advancement where she held various positions and truly honed her strategic leadership skills. She later exited corporate America upon the arrival her first child only to found and launch Initials, Inc. from a spare bedroom in her home a year later. A graduate of Valdosta State University, a Georgia University school, with a B.F.A. in Organizational Communications. Vickery is an active member of several organizations such as her church where she serves as the Chair of the Personnel Committee, the North Georgia CEO Forum, Vistage International and Chair of the Direct Selling  Association Education Committee.

Singularity University Innovation & Impact Competition

The University of Georgia Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School are sponsoring a “Global Innovation and Impact Competition,” in partnership with Singularity University (SU), for one exceptional UGA graduate student to participate in Singularity University’s 2015 Graduate Studies Program (GSP15).

The competition seeks to address humanity’s grand challenges. Interested UGA graduate students are encouraged to develop innovative proposals that leverage technologies to address the UGA Challenge for Innovation and Impact. The winning nominee will received an award to attend SU’s GSP15 this summer. Visit this info session or view the webpage for more information.

Student Innovator’s Marketplace

Student designers will showcase their creative work alongside Couture a-la-cart.

Couture a-la-cart, a mobile retail boutique within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will begin selling its student-made merchandise on University of Georgia’s campus

UGA students and faculty are welcome to check out the cart and purchase merchandise with cash or check.

Current UGA students may apply to become a student vendor in order to sell merchandise on the cart. Class “buyers” decide what products to include on the cart. Merchandise is accepted, priced and sold on a consignment, contractual basis with current UGA students.

Fifteen students are enrolled in TXMI 5280 – Retail Entrepreneurship, supervised by Emily Blalock, senior lecturer in the department of textiles, merchandising and interiors. Each student in the course learns how to design, build and operate this retail business through various business roles from visual merchandising and product buying to product development and advertising.

Students and faculty may follow Couture a-la-cart on Facebook and Instagram to receive boutique updates, view available merchandise and read vendor profiles. To locate the cart easily, just follow Couture a-la-cart’s “Couture Camel” around campus.

UGA Alumni Startup Panel

UGA alumni representing eHub:

Ty Frix, former long snapper for the University of Georgia football team and MBA graduate. Ty has since started Ichor, a biomedical technology company seeking to integrate experience from healthcare and athletics.

Cali Brutz, former English major at the University of Georgia. Cali started Borrowing Magnolia, a company that serves as a digital brokerage service for high-end wedding dress rentals and sales.

Sean Durkin, former Cellular Biology and Biology major from the University of Georgia. Sean started Axon Tutors, a company that seeks to both empower students and provide better jobs for tutors

Ashley Edmonds, “mompreneur” and former University of Georgia MBA graduate. Ashley created Lilywrap, a company that pioneered the creation of an innovative stretchy gift wrap that fits snugly on packages of all sizes

Students 2 Startups

Formerly “Talk Tech,” this twice-annual event on the UGA campus is designed to connect students with the Athens tech startup community to discover opportunities and foster connections. Free food and drinks are provided.

Sponsored by FourAthens

Idea Generation with Kyle Williams

How to use design thinking to generate ideas for new projects and businesses. Collaborate with diverse students and learn the techniques to continue developing the entrepreneurial mindset.

Kyle is currently the Conservation Director of Athens Land Trust, which seeks to encourage cohesive communities by conserving land and natural resources, providing sustainable affordable housing, and supporting local agriculture. He has degrees from Yale and Stanford, and was a lecturer in Stanford’s design school.

Agbioscience Startup Company Safari

The agbiosciences are not only one of the signature areas of academic research at UGA, but also a space where the university has spawned or attracted a number of startup companies focused on innovative products and services related to agriculture, food, biomass, and the environment.

The Agbioscience Startup Safari will tour the research and/or production facilities of three companies associated with UGA’s Innovation Gateway startup incubator on campus. Led by the founders or chief scientific officers of these companies, the tour will provide a behind the scenes look at innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in the modern agbiosciences.

Companies featured in the safari:

PhytoSynthetix: Designs high-performance intelligent lighting systems for optimal plant growth.

Meredian Holdings Group: Commercializes sustainable, renewable bioplastic technologies for global customers.

Additional agbioscience-related companies associated with UGA’s business incubator, their technologies and business models will be reviewed by Stefan Schulze, Associate Director of Innovation Gateway.

Tour participants will also be able to participate in the Innovation Gateway Open House held from 5 to 6:30 PM at the CAGT Building.

 Sponsored by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Innovation Gateway.


Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurism

Workshop offered by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, May 20-21, 2015.

What is social entrepreneurship and its relevance to the sustainability of your nonprofit organization? Over this two-day session, participants will deepen their understanding of social entrepreneurship, analyze their programs and services to identify potential opportunities for social entrepreneurship, and explore the implications of adding entrepreneurial strategies totheir portfolio of programs and services.

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development helps communities, organizations, and individuals plan for the future, develop and strengthen their capacity, resolve conflicts, and build the necessary skills to achieve their goals.

Aleta Hayes

Learning Social Entrepreneurship Through Movement

A workshop led by Stanford University dance instructor Aleta Hayes, who regulrly works with Stanford’s famed D-School, uses  dance and free movement to increase leadership and collaboration.

Aleta will teach how to increase your self-confidence, how to be open to new ideas and concepts, and how to build and lead (and sometime follow) teams to affect change in your community. Aleta holds an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts from Stanford. Hayes has taught at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, and Princeton University, where she developed “pedagogically innovative courses that combined cultural and performance history, theory, and performance.” She has collaborated with instructors at Stanford’s design school to teach such as Engineering Innovation, How to Be a Cyborg, and Leadership through Flow.

Lunch will be provided after the workshop.

Sponsored by UGA Department of Dance and Office of the Vice President for Research.