Athens is a hotbed of entrepreneurial energy. One of Athens? most notable assets for birthing and nurturing new businesses is the Georgia BioBusiness Center, which works with home-grown and recruited start-up bioscience companies with ties to university research and technology and to the Georgia Research Alliance?s eminent scholars.
The Center serves as a business incubator and an avenue for industry collaboration with academic scholars.
Also, in the past year, a group of Athens entrepreneurs created a private business incubator dedicated to launching new technology companies, providing space, mentor advice, access to angel/venture capital sources, etc.
The "Next Top Entrepreneur" challenge is both a competition and a training program for would-be entrepreneurs, running for about a year and culminating in a $100,000 award for the best business plan.