Business and Technology University established the Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship in 2019. The main goal of the Center is to make a sizable contribution to the development and internationalization of the Georgian entrepreneurship/startup ecosystem. The center aims to do so by continuously conducting research in the field, initiating discussion among key actors in the ecosystem about the necessary improvements to legal frameworks, suggesting innovative solutions, projects etc. The BTU Center for Entrepreneurship offers free programs to startups throughout Georgia. Startup bootcamps, training, workshops, hackathons, regional research, access to finance opportunities represent only a few of the center’s activities.
In 2021, BTU’s Center for Entrepreneurship became a member of the MIT Martin Trust Center, creating new opportunities for the local ecosystem. Resident entrepreneurs and experts from the Martin Trust Center have already held a couple of webinars and workshops for BTU. As part of this partnership, BTU led the process of translating and publishing Bill Aulet’s book Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a successful startup in Georgian. The book is one of the first entrepreneurship textbooks in Georgia. Apart from the MTC membership, BTU was the first regional partner of MIT in the context of their program – Global Startup Labs. Business and Technology University hosted the GSL acceleration program, led by MIT students, at our campus in Tbilisi Georgia.
Entering students of Business and Technology University start their academic career by learning the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Specific courses are designed in a way that encourages students to create their own startups, pitch them on yearly demo days and participate in the incubation process. The aim of these courses is to give students basic knowledge about entrepreneurship, teach them the tools for ideation, business model creation etc. to ensure that they’re fully informed about all the steps necessary to launch a successful startup.
The entrepreneurship modules were created in partnership with Henley Business School. This allows students to have access to top class international resources. What’s more, courses are enriched with additional materials, provided by our international partners, every year.
For graduating students, BTU has introduced a specially designed course – “Practical Business Project”. The objective of this course is to transfer all the theoretical knowledge students have received into practice, encouraging them to acquire new practical skills. In the context of this project, students choose an industry according to their interests and prepare a real business plan for a company in the given industry. Throughout the course, students attend workshops in modules such as: business model generation, marketing, research, financial modeling, fundraising, pitch deck creation etc. Students also have access to mentors from BTU’s partner organizations.
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Activities and Services of Entrepreneurship Center
The BTU Center for Entrepreneurship offers free programs to startups throughout Georgia. Startup bootcamps, training, workshops, hackathons, regional research, access to finance opportunities represent only a few of the center’s activities. In the context of the project Business Clinic, the center offers different webinars and individual consultations to startups and aspiring entrepreneurs.. Topics within the clinic include: how to write a business plan, strategic planning tools, digital transformation, marketing and communication, internationalization, access to finance, and others. Mentors of the business clinic include academic personnel of BTU as well as representatives of our partners, who are leaders in their fields and major players in the ecosystem. In 2021/2022, Business Clinic focused on technologies and offered beneficiaries free training modules on topics such as: digital product design, agile & scrum methodologies, digital marketing, UX/UI design and many others.
The center implements these programs for different organizations as well. Our potential partners can contact us and request detailed info about the possible services the center can offer them. The service of organizing pre-accelerators, hackathons, training series etc. is offered individually, depending on the needs and priorities of the client/project. Ideation, business model generation, drafting a business plan, how to obtain financing, investors relations – these are some of the themes covered in custom training series organized in collaboration with partners.
In order to register for online business clinic activities, please contact us at: [email protected]
Business and Technology University offers students, graduates, startups and beneficiaries to participate in various activities, projects and training programs.
Interested candidates please contact us: [email protected]
Business and Technology University launched a Pre-Seed Funding grant program for student startups in the early stages of development.
5000 GEL grant will be financed and awarded to the group of the winner students of the startup demo day, who will present their innovative, high-tech startup idea and relevant business plan to the jury.
Startup demo day is held annually in BTU. The selected best startup ideas will be presented to the members of the international jury within the framework of the competition; students receive partnership offers from the largest organizations and investors in Georgia. The scale of the demo day of BTU startups increases from year to year. The event is joined by representatives of international scientific and technoparks, business accelerators, and investment funds.
The Pre-Seed Funding grant program revealed the first winning startup, “KIKLIKO,” in 2022.
- Ani Vashakmadze – „Georgia’s economic development snapshot and recommendations for promoting entrepreneurial businesses in Georgia and UK
- Mariam Laskhi, Sopho Ogbaidze – Startup Access to Finance – Research Paper
- Vakhtang Chkareuli, Tsotne Zhgenti – Capital market formation in Georgia and the possibilities of integration of the Georgian economy into the world financial markets
- Sopho Ogbaidze, (research consultant: Elene Toidze) – The creative industry needs assessment in Georgia
- Lado Sirdadze – Promoting Startup Ecosystem in Georgia, Startup Status and Its Legal Regulation
- 500 Startups Georgia Demo Day
- The single biggest reason why startups succeed – Bill Gross
- Start With Why – Simon Sinek
- MIT Center for Entrepreneurship
- Free Antifragile Entrepreneurship Series
- Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
- MIT REAP
Said Business School – Oxford University & Wharton
- Wharton Business School – Entrepreneurs Workshop
- Saïd Business School – Distinguished Speaker Series
- Saïd Business School – Inspiring Women Talks
- Wharton Business School – Business Plan Writing 101
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