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Inaugural Acropolis: Athens’ Innovation Festival taking place in April

Acropolis: Athens’ Innovation Festival, a month-long celebration of energetic creators and forward-thinkers in the Athens community, is now underway.

The festival is an initiative of the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department, which is joined by representatives from local government, small businesses, academics, startups, educators and more in organizing events throughout April to celebrate the innovative Athenian spirit.

UGA faculty, staff and students who serve on the Acropolis 2017 planning committee include David Sutherland of the UGA Entrepreneurship Program; Michele Horn, director of brand strategy in the Division of Marketing & Communications; Bob Pinckney, director of the UGA Entrepreneurship Program; Maddie Larson with the UGA Entrepreneurship Program; Matt Miller, president of UGA’s Society of Entrepreneurs; Jared Bybee, director of Thinc. UGA; Tyler Duggins, a program coordinator for UGA’s Innovation Gateway; and Stefan Schulze, associate director of UGA’s Innovation Gateway.

Scheduled events include a 10-year anniversary celebration at the Athens Farmers Market on April 5, two TED-style talks co-hosted by Georgia Bio and UGA’s Innovation Gateway at the Southern Brewing Company on April 11, UGA’s Next Top Entrepreneur at Hotel Indigo’s Rialto Room on April 12, UGA’s Idea Accelerator Demo Day on April 13, Terry College Young Alumni Board Entrepreneurship Panel on April 12, the Grady College’s Entrepreneurial Journalism Symposium on April 12, Athens Science Cafe and the AFM at Creature Comforts on April 12, and the second installment of My Athens’ Go Getters breakfast lecture series. A detailed list of events is at