Hinesville Business Incubator For Entrepreneurship Celebrates Grand Opening

SAVANNAH, Ga., November 30, 2023 — The Hinesville Development Authority, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hinesville, in partnership with Georgia Southern University’s Business Innovation Group (BIG), have launched the very first Hinesville Business Incubator, partially funded by an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. The incubator is located across the street from Georgia Southern’s Liberty Campus in downtown Hinesville.

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Business Innovation Group announces Patrick Woock as new Director of Business Incubation

In this newly created position, Woock will be responsible for continuing to grow the footprint that Georgia Southern has already established in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He will work in the southeast region through BIG’s Innovation Incubators (I2) and around the state through the Georgia Enterprise Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENIE) program.

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The 2023 Idea Accelerator Bootcamp has been announced!

The Creative Coast’s annual Idea Accelerator Bootcamp is a virtual 12-week educational and mentoring program starting with a free pre-course to help attendees determine if entrepreneurship is the right path for them. The event is a partnership between The Creative Coast, Georgia Southern Business Innovation Group (BIG), and the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). The Idea Accelerator Bootcamp is for anyone who is ready to test their business idea or anyone who wants to update an old business.

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Georgia Southern BIG to Host BIGXange on Business Growth with Kassidy Evon

Kassidy Evon

Georgia Southern BIG will host BIGXange (pronounced Exchange) on Tuesday, December 13th, and Thursday, December 15th. BIGXange is a monthly gathering for training, information sharing, and tactical tips.  This brand-new program was designed to give you skills that you can use immediately. Join us to explore new ways to grow your business. This program is open to all incubator members as a collaboration of  workshop and discussion. What’s working for you? Come to learn, share and network! 

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Georgia Southern University named recipient of Economic Development Administration ‘Build to Scale’ Grant

The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has named Georgia Southern University as one of 51 nationwide grant recipients of the 2022 Build to Scale program, which means the University will receive $600,000 in grant funding along with $600,000 in local match funds. The goal is to accelerate technology entrepreneurship by increasing inclusive access to entrepreneurial support and startup capital. 

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Business Innovation Group partners with local entrepreneur, alumnus Garrett Clark as ‘Community Catalyst’

BIG has been working alongside Garrett Clark — a Georgia Southern alumnus, Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce board member and local business owner — as its Community Catalyst, a role BIG has had since its inception in 2014. In this role, Clark shares his leadership, problem-solving expertise and marketing strategy in an advisory capacity to BIG’s leadership team and fellow entrepreneurs in the space.

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