Kickstart your business today!
We're a student-managed venture capital fund that invests in student-run businesses. We write $500-$10,000 checks to student founders at the University of Georgia, and all students are eligible to apply!
What does Kickstart do?
We provide both financial and human capital to student founders at the University of Georgia, and provide an unparalleled experiential learning opportunity to members of the fund. We aim to promote the University of Georgia and greater Athens community as a hub for entrepreneurship on a regional and national scale.
How do we award grants?
We maintain 3 grant types, for every step of your entreprenuerial journey.
For businesses that know there's a need and are looking for funding to create the solution
For businesses with revenue or businesses that have gone through an accelerator
For previous Regular Grant recepitents, with demonstrated growth, looking for funds to continue to scale
Kickstart is more than a grant.
Kickstart founders regularly go on to raise additional grants and equity funding, and have received follow-on equity investments from many other venture capital funds (including Mark Cuban!)
Pre and Post Liaison
Work with a Kickstart member during the pitch process (and after, for funded companies) on key aspects of your business.
Access support in preparing your pitch deck and receive detailed pitch feedback, regardless of outcome.
Don't take it from us, take it from our past grant recipients.
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