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For Entrepreneurs, Startups and Small Businesses

Supporting Atlanta's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

As the City of Atlanta's official economic development agency, Invest Atlanta supports entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to launch, sustain and scale their ventures in Atlanta.

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Open Opportunities

Invest Atlanta actively searches for and consolidates resources, programs, and opportunities for entrepreneurs. The list below is updated on a bi-weekly basis. If you have additions, please contact Invest Atlanta's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Manager.

Jan. 17th: Deadline for Venture Connect Applications
This summit aims to highlight innovation across the Southeast for early stage and scaling Technology, Food Innovation, Consumer Goods and Life Science companies that are seeking investment, talent or customers. 

Jan. 24th: The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training
The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training is conducting a FREE 5-day virtual training. This immersive training is for women and minority entrepreneurs who have limited knowledge about managing, building, or starting a new business. It is designed to give the fundamental foundation to meet the challenges and risks that an entrepreneur will face.

Jan. 31st: Deadline to Apply to Georgia State's Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund 
Georgia State University undergraduate students, graduate students, recent alumni, and Georgia State community entrepreneurs are welcomed to apply to the 3rd cohort of the Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund! The Main Street program aims to support diverse entrepreneurs and foster inclusive entrepreneurship. 

Feb. 11th: Cisco 2022 Global Problem Solver Challenge
The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.

Rolling: Waitlist Open for Zane Access™ Capital Readiness Cohort
Designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented founders, the 10-week immersive course prepares underrepresented founding teams to successfully raise capital by providing them with networks and mentors to help them champion their story and use their own powerful, unique voice and brand.

Rolling: Panoramic Ventures' Startup Showdown Application
Startup Showdown offers early-stage startups the chance to pitch investors and increase their visibility among an expanded investor network. All semifinalists benefit from Mentor Day, where they will refine their pitch in front of experienced founders and other tech executives. Five finalists are selected to compete on stage in front of a panel of guest investor judges where we invest $120,000 in exchange for 7% of your company.

Rolling: Applications for theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program
This program offers classes beginning every couple of months in a variety of locations, meets once or twice a week, and is followed by six months of weekly mentoring which completes the full Make Startups Certificate of Entrepreneurship. The program is free if you qualify for funding through Atlanta's Workforce Development. Please add "Zane Access" in the section "where you heard about the program".

Rolling: QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association Foundation
Through the QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative, restaurants with an annual net revenue of less than $250,000 can apply for a $5,000 grant to cover payroll and operating expenses to help employ and retain staff. 

 

Online Guides & Resources

Startup Atlanta Guide to the Ecosystem

The new Startup Atlanta Ecosystem Guide is now live! Click the link to visit the new interactive site which includes an ecosystem overview and more than 300 resources with clickable links. View the Guide here.

U.S. Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé Program Tutorial

The SBA Mentor-Protégé Program provides small businesses with business development assistance and help to successfully compete for federal contracts. Take SBA's Free Course Here. 

City of Atlanta Women in the Workplace Platform

“Women in the Workplace” is a hybrid roundtable and marketplace event presented by the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative in partnership with Invest Atlanta, WorkSource Atlanta, The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and One Atlanta. Visit the platform here.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

This free, online curriculum offers learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking and more. Complete two courses or coaching events to be eligible to apply for a  Verizon Small Business Digital Ready $10,000 grant. Visit the platform here.

Veteran’s Small Business Guide

This guide outlines the steps to get a successful company off the ground by introducing wide range of excellent resources to help turn an idea into a successful business for veterans. Read the Guide here.

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