Is this a course?
No, this is not a course and thus will not count towards course credit. However, there is a possibility it can except students from ENI 3101. Talk to instructors for more details.
What are the requirements/qualifications for this program?
Participants from any school or major at Georgia State may apply. The only prerequisite for this program is a burning passion to do things differently. It is strongly encouraged that student teams be able to demonstrate sufficient expertise to carry through their idea.
Why do I need this program?
Startups that go through incubators have been known to stay in business for a longer term, raise more seed funding, and have a higher rate of success than those who don’t. Our goal is to reduce the risk of failure.
Who is Startup Semester affiliated with?
The Launch incubator on campus – a space for all students with hustle to build a business, social enterprise, or startup project while in school.
What will I get?
A programmatic approach to launching your startup. Specific help weekly from experienced instructors who will provide tools and insights needed to turn your idea into a business.
When do we meet? What happens during meetings?
Startup Semester will have mandatory Wednesday evening meetings from 6-8pm. During these meetings, we will be doing team showcases, presenting lecture material, and offering team-specific feedback.
What is expected of me?
Participants are expected to contribute to their team to the best of their ability, meet deliverables assigned by their team, and continuously strive for optimism and good old-fashioned hard work. Teams and individuals are selected on their proposed ideas as well as the perceived ability of the team and/or individual to accomplish the proposals.
I have external sources of funding. Can I still apply?
Definitely, but we will evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis. See below for issues regarding intellectual property.
How big can my team be?
Teams typically consist of 2-4 individuals. Larger teams may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
What if I don’t have a team?
We typically find that a startup is too much work for just one person. However, if you have the skill set and drive, by all means, we would love to have you.
Am I allowed to have more than one idea?
Absolutely. However we do encourage applicants to think about their ideas carefully before submitting them without much thought. Having a single, more developed idea demonstrates conviction and will make the applicant stand out among the application pool.
What if my idea isn’t completely entrepreneurial in nature?
We make all applicants list their intended goals in their application. These goals may include entering future competitions or could be benchmarks applicants set for themselves to gauge their own productivity. We want to help great ideas come to fruition and we’re all ears.
Does my idea have to be technical?
No. Startup semester is open to all ideas – from cafes and clothing lines to software and consumer apps.
I have a great technical idea but I’m not a technical founder. Do I have a chance? Can you help me find one?
You do have a chance but you would need to find a technical founder yourself. You would need to clearly define your role as more than just being the one who thought of the idea.
My idea will require a lot of money to create. Can you help?
Sorry, Startup Semester does not provide funding. We do however, help teams become more competent and thus raise their chances for seed and/or VC funding.
I don’t want others to steal my idea! What should I do?
We encourage you to read this: http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html
Who owns any IP that may have been created in the course of this program?
As long as your project/venture isn’t sponsored by an external entity (by Coca-Cola for instance), the entirety of the venture belongs solely to you.
Will this help make me more competitive for grad school/business school/etc?
Probably. But if that’s your sole motivation, this program may not be the best “fit” for you. This is a program for people who want to achieve results, not resume-build.
We want to be a part of Startup Semester’s administrative committee and join the movement!
Awesome! Message us with your story and what you’d like to help us with.