Innovation Lab and Team Resources


The McGuire Innovation Lab is not your typical student space.

The Innovation Lab contains a collaborative workspace, a maker space, and two private meeting rooms, all of which are available to McGuire New Venture Development Program students 24/7.


The CoLab is a modern, high-energy, open work space that is perfect for cooperative new venture team project work. Whether students are brainstorming basic ideas, diving into discussion, or collaborating on creative tasks, the CoLab has a space that’s a perfect fit to foster their work.

CoLab Features:

  • Round tables for discussion
  • Tall tables with shared monitors for collaborative task work
  • Lounge areas for teams to kick back and let the creativity flow
  • Mounted glass boards and rolling white boards
  • Wide-screen monitors with every kind of adaptor

Maker Space

The Innovation Lab features a Maker Space with cutting-edge tools and technologies that empower students to engage in rapid prototyping, creative design, multimedia production, advanced programming, and more. Maker Space hardware and software are available 24/7 on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Maker Space Materials:

  • 3D Scanner
  • 3D Printer
  • 3D Laser Printer
  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus Touch
  • VR Headsets
  • Drone
  • Creative Cloud
  • Drawing Tablet
  • Mac and PCs
  • Printer
  • AV Equipment 

Meeting Rooms 

McGuire Program students may reserve a breakout room for meetings or conference calls with Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors, legal advisors, investors, advisors, etc.

  • Seating for six
  • White board
  • Wall-mounted wide-screen monitors 

Team Resources

Below is a list of national competitions where you can compete for prizes to support your venture. 

Compete to join the world's biggest business plan competition, where university entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, integrate with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business. The competition will take place on March 26-28, 2020

Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. CT

Learn more and apply now

The podcast industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and starting a podcast is easier than ever. But how do you stand out in the space and create a successful podcast? The Hippo Direct Entrepreneurship Podcast Competition is for college Entrepreneurship students to create the best business podcast concept. Are you up for the challenge?

Winners will receive a FREE podcasting package worth $1,000 – including a podcasting kit plus ongoing podcast coaching from Max Branstetter, Host & Producer of the Wild Business Growth Podcast. Brought to you by Hippo Direct, the team behind the Wild Business Growth Podcast and Direct Mail Mania (coming soon).

Spring Semester 2020 (Applications due by Friday, 3/20/20, Winners announced Friday, 5/1/20)

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Student teams from across the country are invited to compete in the 2020 Collegiate Great Brands Show on March 26, 2020 in Athens, GA. Bring your ideas or business for a chance to win $25,000 and an all expenses paid trip to New York City!

Deadline to Apply: February 19, 2020

Finalists Announced: March 2, 2020


The UGA Entrepreneurship Program invites you to take part in UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur Pitch Competition on April 16th, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm in Studio 225 - Student Center for Entrepreneurship.

UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur is open to student startup teams from all over the country. During this live event, teams pitch their existing business plans or business idea in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. At the end of the competition, one winning team is awarded $10,000!


The Goodyear Innovation Challenge is a business design and innovation competition sponsored by Goodyear in collaboration with the Weatherhead School of Management as Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Master's students from across the United States are invited to unleash their creativity while addressing real-world business challenges. the top five teams will compete for prize money in a hackathon at the state-of-the-art maker facility called think[box], and an opportunity to work alongside team members from the Goodyear Innovation Labs. 

The 2019 winners have been announced. Please stay updated for Fall 2020 dates and deadlines.