FABricate Entrepreneurial Initiative

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Think BIG! You could win $10,000 in the FABricate contest.

FABricate is an entrepreneurial pitch contest where students develop their idea for a new food product, new agricultural technology, new food or agricultural-related business or new environmental or sustainable business.

Expand your leadership and business skills through this competition where you’ll develop an idea for a new food product, agricultural business or environmental opportunity.

Who can compete?

FABricate is hosted by CAES but is open to UGA students from all backgrounds and colleges within the university. 

  • Individuals or teams of up to five UGA students can compete.
  • Teams can include both undergraduate and masters-level students (no doctoral students).
  • Teams who have raised over $50,000 in startup funds or revenue will not be accepted.
  • If a member of the startup team has graduated they must have graduated within the past 3 semesters.

How to participate

  1. Develop or enhance your idea through the FABricate course, Idea Accelerator, Entrepreneurship Certificate, and/or UGA I-Corps. Click here for a complete list of UGA Entrepreneurship Initiatives. 
  2. Submit a business plan proposal. Applications will open in February 2021.
  3. Preliminary Interview will be conducted in April 2021. Date TBD.
  4. Finalists will be invited back to pitch their idea virtually to a group of judges. The winner will receive a $10,000 investment toward their business. 

What are the categories?

  • New Food Product: any new, original food product. Products should have a high potential for being marketed and sold on a commercial basis. For this category, the actual item does not have to be developed, but teams are encouraged to develop a prototype or proof of concept, if possible, depending on the nature of the project. 
  • Agricultural Technology: any type of new product or service that would be used in a business related to agriculture. For this category, the actual item does not have to be developed but teams are encouraged to develop a prototype or proof of concept, if possible, depending on the nature of the project. Proposed products or services should have the potential for being manufactured and sold on a commercial basis.
  • Agricultural or Food-related Business: ideas for new businesses that involve food or agriculture. The proposal should include ideas for businesses that do not currently exist, that are creative and enterprising. Business in this category will likely be experience or service related.
  • Environmental or Sustainable Business: ideas for new businesses that involve the environment or an enterprise that capitalizes on having minimal negative impacts on the global or local environment. Businesses in this category offer progressive environmental and/or human rights ideas in the form of a service or product.

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Fabricated is hosted by CAES in partnership with the UGA Entrepreneurship program.

FABricate Contacts

Chris Rhodes Director of Industry Partnerships and Project Based Learning
Office of the Associate Dean for Research
Amanda Stephens Newquist Director of Experiential Learning
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


What do our past participants have to say about FABricate?

Hear from former students explain how the contest made a difference in their businesses and lives through the video below. 

Upcoming Events:

CAES Chats is a series of interactive online sessions between alumni, friends and UGA faculty members - present and past. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.   How has CAES changed since you were a student? What does student enrollment look like? How has COVID affected student life? Learn the answers to these questions and ask your own during our next CAES Chats with current students and administrators!   FeaturingJosef Broder (BSA - Agricultural Economics, ’71)CAES Associate Dean for Academic Affairs   Doug Bailey (BSA - Horticulture, ’80)CAES Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs   Alyssa Rauton (BSA - Avian Biology, ’21)CAES Alumni Association Board Undergraduate Student Rep, CAES Philanthropy Council member, Sigma Alpha First Vice President, National American Dairy Science Association – Student Affiliate Division President   Jackson Wadsworth (BSA - Agriculture and Applied Economics, ’20;BSA - Agribusiness, ’20)CAES Ambassador, Alpha Gamma Rho President, AGHON member, Blue Key member
Oct 22
1:00PM - 2:00PM CAES Chats with Academic Affairs https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUocu6vqjojHNBPXxNzkLhWP0V7i1v3Gw6t
The University of Georgia Department of Horticulture, together with UGA's Institute on Human Development and Disabilities, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program, Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and UGArden, are excited to share the award-winning “Hearts of Glass” documentary to the university community. The film is about Vertical Harvest, an ambitious small business located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that combines high-tech local food production and meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Join a discussion with the filmmaker, Vertical Harvest employees, and Clarke County School District and UGA faculty.  Stream the film between Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 30, at showandtell.film/watch/uga and join the panel discussion at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Register for the free panel event here. Panelists:• Jennifer Tennican, Director and Producer of “Hearts of Glass"• Sean Stone, Senior Facilities Associate, Vertical Harvest• Kai Hoffman, Senior Grower of Vining Crops, Vertical Harvest • Jennifer Thomas, Special Education Teacher at Clarke County School District Moderator: • Jennifer Jo Thompson, Associate Research Scientist and Director, UGA Sustainable Food Systems Initiative Recently, Vertical Harvest and its CEO Nona Yehia have been named a CNN Champion for Change. This award profiles 10 innovators leading the charge to a better world with new ideas and groundbreaking solutions. Click here to view a promotional clip, or read the CNN article and view the three-minute segment specifically about Vertical Harvest.
Oct 23
10/23 9:00AM - 10/30 11:00PM Hearts of Glass: A Conversation About Growing Plants, Community and Inclusion https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/uga