Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recognized the second Students2Startups cohort at the monthly Board of Directors meeting in August.
The Students2Startups program is a great example of how the City of Atlanta is working to increase equity in our city is by equipping more younger Atlantans for success. The program is a partnership between the City of Atlanta, WorkSource Atlanta, Startup Atlanta, and Invest Atlanta which places students in entrepreneurial-focused internships with Atlanta-based startup companies.
Not only does it provide opportunities for experiential learning, but it also supports Atlanta’s growing startup community and helps to keep young talent here in Atlanta.
More than 150 students from across Atlanta applied to the program, and 20 were matched with local startups – with an emphasis on students with high potential and those from backgrounds underrepresented in the technology industry.
This was the most diverse cohort yet:
- Over 77 percent of participants in 2019 were people of color;
- A majority of the participating startups are led by female founders.
These high-achieving students, representing schools like Clark Atlanta, Georgia State, Spelman, and Georgia Tech, to name a few, received invaluable startup experience in areas like business development, coding, marketing, and data analysis.
To date, over 60 students and startups have participated in the first two years of the program.
As year two comes to a close, Invest Atlanta is happy to announce that several students will be continuing their internship in fall and at least 1 student will be joining their company full time.
Here are the companies that participated this year:
- Competitive Sports Analysis
- Coordinated Care
- Skylar Security
- Small Bites Adventure Club
- The Lola
- Try My Fab