Entrepreneurship at Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Entrepreneurship

Our Vision For Entrepreneurship

Develop and support entrepreneurial aspirations for students at every stage of their careers and at each phase of venture creation. This includes supporting those who plan to start a business but also enhancing entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking, through educational content, intellectual engagement, co-curricular initiatives, and infrastructure.

Entrepreneurship at Goizueta

Events & Initiatives

Events & Initiatives

We enrich your entrepreneurial journey whether it's back-of-the-napkin ideas, market-tested concepts, business plans, or early-stage startups.

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Faculty & Curriculum

Faculty & Curriculum

Our curriculum prepares dynamic, business-savvy students for developing ventures with a substantially increased probability for success.

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Partners & Resources

Partners & Resources

Our commitment to community & interactions around entrepreneurship is comprehensive, on campus and beyond.

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Networks & Ventures

Networks & Ventures

We encourage interested students, faculty, and alumni to share their startups with the rest of the community.

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Events & Initiatives

Charlie Goetz
"If you're really interested in being an entrepreneur and you have a well thought-out concept, this is your opportunity." -Professor and Serial Entrepreneur, Charlie Goetz
Goizueta students are invited to apply to pitch their startup concept. Goizueta Professors will provide feedback and recommendations, to help turn it into reality. Pitches take place at Goizueta, generally every week, with dinner provided, in an informal but dynamic setting. The best eight concept pitches each semester, receive a chance to obtain a spot at the Atlanta Tech Village (ATV) incubator (6 months of free rent) to start their business, free consulting services from the Professors, free workshops, and a meeting with an attorney.
A short application is required to be able to pitch to the professors. For further questions, email us.
RAISE ForumRAISE stands for Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory. The Forum is creating local funding for in-revenue companies that need an investment round between $1MM and $5MM. We have averaged over 25% of our companies getting investment.
RAISE is an industry agnostic forum. We've accepted startups in industries ranging from Manufacturing to Software to Security solutions.
That said, with Emory as a backbone, we do have strong support and interest in life sciences because our healthcare system and affiliations with places like the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Children's (Healthcare of Atlanta), and the VA (Medical Center). Startups related to these fields are of particular interest, although not a requirement.
Innovation in AfricaGoizueta is committed to ongoing efforts to promote and sustain health innovation initiatives to address African public health needs, through efficient use of local knowledge, assembly of research networks, and building of capacity to support development.
To help reduce morbidity and mortality in Africa through affordable and accessible healthcare, Emory University, in 2015, developed a Program for Advancing Healthcare Innovation in Africa (AHIA). Emory partners with ANDI (the African Network for Drug and Diagnosis Innovation) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
AHIA Emory is now accepting applications from scientists in Africa. We are looking for scientists with short-term or medium-term innovations that are feasible and fundable. The innovations must address a current healthcare need affecting the African continent. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2018.
Emory Entrepreneur Summit logo header

April 5-6, 2018

This annual entrepreneurial Summit has notable keynote speakers, workshops, panels and a pitch competition (with cash prizes).

Details & Registration

Team SimulationThis new program, funded by a grant from the Goizueta Creativity and Innovation Initiative, is offered in spring '18 to help early stage founders. It is open to all Emory.

About the Program

Apply

Events & Initiatives

Charlie Goetz
"If you're really interested in being an entrepreneur and you have a well thought-out concept, this is your opportunity." -Professor and Serial Entrepreneur, Charlie Goetz
Goizueta students are invited to apply to pitch their startup concept. Goizueta Professors will provide feedback and recommendations, to help turn it into reality. Pitches take place at Goizueta, generally every week, with dinner provided, in an informal but dynamic setting. The best eight concept pitches each semester, receive a chance to obtain a spot at the Atlanta Tech Village (ATV) incubator (6 months of free rent) to start their business, free consulting services from the Professors, free workshops, and a meeting with an attorney.
A short application is required to be able to pitch to the professors. For further questions, email us.

RAISE ForumRAISE stands for Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory. The Forum is creating local funding for in-revenue companies that need an investment round between $1MM and $5MM. We have averaged over 25% of our companies getting investment.
RAISE is an industry agnostic forum. We've accepted startups in industries ranging from Manufacturing to Software to Security solutions.
That said, with Emory as a backbone, we do have strong support and interest in life sciences because our healthcare system and affiliations with places like the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Children's (Healthcare of Atlanta), and the VA (Medical Center). Startups related to these fields are of particular interest, although not a requirement.

Innovation in AfricaGoizueta is committed to ongoing efforts to promote and sustain health innovation initiatives to address African public health needs, through efficient use of local knowledge, assembly of research networks, and building of capacity to support development.
To help reduce morbidity and mortality in Africa through affordable and accessible healthcare, Emory University, in 2015, developed a Program for Advancing Healthcare Innovation in Africa (AHIA). Emory partners with ANDI (the African Network for Drug and Diagnosis Innovation) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
AHIA Emory is now accepting applications from scientists in Africa. We are looking for scientists with short-term or medium-term innovations that are feasible and fundable. The innovations must address a current healthcare need affecting the African continent. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2018.

Emory Entrepreneur Summit logo header

April 5-6, 2018

This annual entrepreneurial Summit has notable keynote speakers, workshops, panels and a pitch competition (with cash prizes).

Details & Registration

Team SimulationThis new program, funded by a grant from the Goizueta Creativity and Innovation Initiative, is offered in spring '18 to help early stage founders. It is open to all Emory.

About the Program

Apply

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Entrepreneurship Faculty

Entrepreneurship is a cross-functional focus at Goizueta featuring faculty -- and their research -- that span industry, research areas and interest.

Organization & Management Courses

  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Mgmt.
  • Leading for Creativity & Innovation
  • Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Lean Startup
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Social Enterprise in Nicaragua
  • Enterprise and Impact Investing

Accounting & Finance Courses

  • Entrepreneurial Accounting
  • Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Valuation: Theory & Practice of Valuing a Business
  • Entrepreneurial Practicum
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Entrepreneurial Private Equity
  • Perspectives from Practioners
  • Doing Deals: Private Equity

Marketing and Information Systems & Operations Management Courses

  • “Appcology”
  • Think, Code Make
  • Marketing Intelligence & Customer Insights
  • Sales & Business Development
  • Innovation in a Digital World
  • Ideation

Partners & Resources

  • Atlanta Tech Village

    Atlanta Tech Village logoGoizueta sponsors an in-town incubator, with co-working space and conference areas, that fosters serendipitous interactions with hot startups in Atlanta. Winners of "Startup Pitch" gain space.
    Other Collaboration Options
  • Student Investment Funds

  • Entrepreneurs in Residence

    Goizueta Business School Dean, Erika James, recently named its first annual cohort of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR). These successful entrepreneurs spend time on the GBS campus throughout the academic year, advising (BBA, MBA) students looking to start their own companies and working with faculty on an evidence-based research, course presentation, and creating connections in the community. This program is complementary to the established Leadership-in-Residence (LiR) program, run by Lieutenant General P. K. "Ken" Keen, associate Dean of the Leader Development Program. Charlie Goetz, professor of entrepreneurship, says, "Goizueta is very pleased to be able to introduce our five new Entrepreneurs-In-Residence. Between them, they have built over a dozen successful businesses. They will be working closely with our students who are interested in being entrepreneurs, and we are excited to have them"

    Our Associate Dean for Leadership Development, Ken Keen, manages this program on behalf of Dean James and the Goizueta Business School.

    David Cummings
    Founder, Atlanta Tech Village

    David CummingsDavid has been an entrepreneur all his life. In early 2007, David co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest growing company in 2012, and shortly thereafter Pardot was acquired by ExactTarget and then Salesforce.com. David was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner in the deal category. Most recently, David founded the Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 sq ft is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named David one of the 100 most influential Atlantans and Atlanta Magazine named David one of the 55 Most Powerful Atlantans.

    Chris Dardaman 16MEMBA
    Senior Advisor, Heritage Growth Partners LLC

    Chris DardamanChris Dardaman is an eighth-generation entrepreneur and a private equity investor. He is a Senior Advisor at Heritage Growth Partners who invests growth equity in entrepreneur-led private companies. Chris consults, mentors younger entrepreneurs, provides strategic connections and serves on Boards. Previously he was the Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Brightworth, a $3 Billion Atlanta-based wealth management firm. Chris was named one of the top 100 independent financial advisors in the U.S. by Barron’s and served as a trusted advisor to high net worth families and individual clients across the U.S.

    Sid Mookerji
    Co-Founder at Silver Spirit Investments LLC

    Sid MookerjiSid Mookerji is the Founder and Global CEO of Silver Spirit Global LLC an organization focused on enabling US startups through funding, mentorship and real estate initiatives. Prior to this, Sid co-founded and ran SPI a tech services and products company for Retailers worldwide. SPI was founded in 1994 to be “The Right Retail Partner” and grew to be a company with 3000 employees in five continents servicing over 350 Retail and CPG companies. Mr. Mookerji had an exit through a sale to Private Equity in September 2016.

    Sophie Mookerji
    Co-Founder at Silver Spirit Investments LLC

    Sophie MookerjiSophie Mookerji founded and built SPI with Sid. She managed daily operations, organizing company resources to implement business strategies, and led SPI's corporate responsibility initiates. Sophie's vision and business experience helped develop SPI into an international retail IT services industry leader.

  • Digital Life TechLab

    techlab.pngThe Emory Student Digital Life TechLab in Cox Hall offers an area for new technologies to be introduced to the campus and evaluated for their use in academic life. Various technologies, including 3D printing and 3D scanning, are now available in the TechLab. TechLab is supported by students for students. Equipment and Services include: 3D printers, 3D scanners, Carvey 3D carving machine, soldering irons, button makers, Cricut die cutters, virtual reality resources, hand tools, power drills and rotary tools, Raspberry Pis, and more.

    Social Entrepreneurship / Innovation Living Learning Community

    Raoul Hall Lobby
    Raoul Hall (freshmen) & Woodruff Hall (sophomores)

    Innovation Deck

    Innovation DeckA casual 24/7 space for students to share ideas, innovate, and build startups: for students by students.

Partners & Resources

Atlanta Tech Village

Atlanta Tech Village logoGoizueta sponsors an in-town incubator, with co-working space and conference areas, that fosters serendipitous interactions with hot startups in Atlanta. Winners of "Startup Pitch" gain space.
Other Collaboration Options

Student Investment Funds

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Goizueta Business School Dean, Erika James, recently named its first annual cohort of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR). These successful entrepreneurs spend time on the GBS campus throughout the academic year, advising (BBA, MBA) students looking to start their own companies and working with faculty on an evidence-based research, course presentation, and creating connections in the community. This program is complementary to the established Leadership-in-Residence (LiR) program, run by Lieutenant General P. K. "Ken" Keen, associate Dean of the Leader Development Program. Charlie Goetz, professor of entrepreneurship, says, "Goizueta is very pleased to be able to introduce our five new Entrepreneurs-In-Residence. Between them, they have built over a dozen successful businesses. They will be working closely with our students who are interested in being entrepreneurs, and we are excited to have them"

Our Associate Dean for Leadership Development, Ken Keen, manages this program on behalf of Dean James and the Goizueta Business School.

David Cummings
Founder, Atlanta Tech Village

David CummingsDavid has been an entrepreneur all his life. In early 2007, David co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest growing company in 2012, and shortly thereafter Pardot was acquired by ExactTarget and then Salesforce.com. David was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner in the deal category. Most recently, David founded the Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 sq ft is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named David one of the 100 most influential Atlantans and Atlanta Magazine named David one of the 55 Most Powerful Atlantans.

Chris Dardaman 16MEMBA
Senior Advisor, Heritage Growth Partners LLC

Chris DardamanChris Dardaman is an eighth-generation entrepreneur and a private equity investor. He is a Senior Advisor at Heritage Growth Partners who invests growth equity in entrepreneur-led private companies. Chris consults, mentors younger entrepreneurs, provides strategic connections and serves on Boards. Previously he was the Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Brightworth, a $3 Billion Atlanta-based wealth management firm. Chris was named one of the top 100 independent financial advisors in the U.S. by Barron’s and served as a trusted advisor to high net worth families and individual clients across the U.S.

Sid Mookerji
Co-Founder at Silver Spirit Investments LLC

Sid MookerjiSid Mookerji is the Founder and Global CEO of Silver Spirit Global LLC an organization focused on enabling US startups through funding, mentorship and real estate initiatives. Prior to this, Sid co-founded and ran SPI a tech services and products company for Retailers worldwide. SPI was founded in 1994 to be “The Right Retail Partner” and grew to be a company with 3000 employees in five continents servicing over 350 Retail and CPG companies. Mr. Mookerji had an exit through a sale to Private Equity in September 2016.

Sophie Mookerji
Co-Founder at Silver Spirit Investments LLC

Sophie MookerjiSophie Mookerji founded and built SPI with Sid. She managed daily operations, organizing company resources to implement business strategies, and led SPI's corporate responsibility initiates. Sophie's vision and business experience helped develop SPI into an international retail IT services industry leader.

Digital Life TechLab

techlab.pngThe Emory Student Digital Life TechLab in Cox Hall offers an area for new technologies to be introduced to the campus and evaluated for their use in academic life. Various technologies, including 3D printing and 3D scanning, are now available in the TechLab. TechLab is supported by students for students. Equipment and Services include: 3D printers, 3D scanners, Carvey 3D carving machine, soldering irons, button makers, Cricut die cutters, virtual reality resources, hand tools, power drills and rotary tools, Raspberry Pis, and more.

Social Entrepreneurship / Innovation Living Learning Community

Raoul Hall Lobby
Raoul Hall (freshmen) & Woodruff Hall (sophomores)

Innovation Deck

Innovation DeckA casual 24/7 space for students to share ideas, innovate, and build startups: for students by students.

Emory Business articles on Entrepreneurship

 
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Interested in Entrepreneurship?

Contact Amelia Pane Schaffner, Director of Entrepreneurship

Amelia leads the wide portfolio of entrepreneurship initiatives, creating connections inside and outside the business school.

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