The Art & Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship’s mission is to inspire entrepreneurship at College of Coastal Georgia (CCG), and within the community and region. It connects founders and aspiring entrepreneurs with the mentors, peers, resources, education, and partners to accomplish their business goals. It was founded on a belief in the promise and potential of entrepreneurship for establishing economic empowerment, and innovating solutions to local and global challenges.
History & Overview of The Art & Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship
Art Lucas is a well-known entrepreneur and Georgia innovator who moved back to the Golden Isles to begin a new venture. He and his wife frequently donated to the College of Coastal Georgia (CCG)’s foundation to fund scholarships and fellowships for entrepreneurship. Along with CCG’s Dr. Skip Mount (Dean of the college’s School of Business and Public Management), Lucas identified a gap in the student business economy: connectivity to resources. With this in mind, Lucas and Dr. Mount set out to create a hub for entrepreneurial activity that could guide both students and local entrepreneurs with the tools and mentorship needed for startup success. Hence in 2021, CCG opened the Art & Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship to serve as a nucleus for entrepreneurship in the Golden Isles.
Today, the center supports students and entrepreneurs in the Golden Isles in three ways:
- Builds communities to support entrepreneurship with mentors, peers, experts, regional partners, local businesses, and friends
- Builds capabilities for entrepreneurs with workshops, coaching, pitch competitions, college courses, and events.
- Supports new and growing entrepreneurs on their path to accessing capital with our network investors, lenders, and partners
The Art & Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship Services & Offerings
The center currently offers academic programs, mentoring, consulting services, community events, and partnerships to support economic development and business creation in the region. Including:
- Ecosystem- Connects students with mentors and encouragement and support from its partners. The ecosystem’s components are all integral to growing a culture and climate for start-ups in our region.
- Events- Idea bootcamps, pitch competitions, meet and greets, workshops, sessions and forums
- Resources – Podcasts, coaching, free online learning, examples of pitch decks and other entrepreneurial resources
- News – Updates from the Lucas Center and partners on how they are building opportunities in the community and region