FABricate Entrepreneurial Initiative
Think BIG! You could win $10,000 in the FABricate contest.
FABricate is a contest and prep course for University of Georgia students who want to develop innovative ideas to help feed the world. One of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)’s cornerstone missions is to advance agricultural and food production processes to meet the world’s increasing food, fiber and fuel demands.
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
- 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.
- Submit a business plan proposal online by February 20, 2020.
- Required preliminary interviews will be conducted in-person on March 17.
- Finalists will be invited back to pitch their idea to a group of judges on March 24 at Studio 225 on campus. 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.
Enroll in the fall FABricate prep course
“Special Problems in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences” AESC 4950/8220 is a three (3) credit hour class offered fall 2019 semester. Enrolling in this FABricate course will give students the chance to develop and enhance their ideas and business plans through workshops, lessons and discussions with local entrepreneurs. Enrollment in the course is not required to compete in the contest, but it is highly encouraged!
- Athens: 11:15-12:05 MWF, 310 Conner Hall
- Undergraduate CRN: 43464
- Graduate CRN: 43483
- Tifton: 11:15-12:05 MWF
- Undergraduate CRN: 19948
- Graduate CRN: 43954
- Griffin: 11:15-12:05 MWF
- Undergraduate CRN: 43951
- Graduate CRN: 43953
Fabricated is hosted by CAES in partnership with the UGA Entrepreneurship program.
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.