CREATE develops southwest Atlanta entrepreneurs in the AgriFood Technology industry beginning with a 12-week pre-accelerator. The program works with entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to develop an idea, define the value proposition, validate customer demand and build a prototype.
Continued coaching and support is available to everyone who completes the pre-accelerator. This includes further business planning support, product development, networking, pitching investors or pivoting from the original concept.
CREATE’s partners include Clark Atlanta University, the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE), Truly Living Well, and the United Negro College Fund. The program is funded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration i6 Challenge Program.
Resources available to entrepreneurs through CREATE include:
CREATE’s second cohort begins the week of January 29th, 2018. Applications will go live on December 1st, 2017 and close on January 12th, 2018. Application is available at https://www.f6s.com/createatlanta/apply
Atlanta is recognized as one of the major hubs for U.S. startup companies. Rich with resources such as Georgia Tech, Emory University and numerous Fortune 500 company headquarters, Atlanta has attracted huge numbers of entrepreneurs looking to launch new companies and put their ideas on the map. I wrote about the Atlanta startup scene several years ago, but things have evolved for the Georgia city since then, so I thought it was time to revisit it.
Entrepreneurship is back. According to the Kauffman Foundation’s newly released Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, the rate of startup growth nationally exceeds pre-recession levels for the first time since the economic downturn last decade. And Atlanta is helping to lead the surge.
Silicon Valley has long been hailed as the country’s largest and hottest startup hub, but other cities are quietly emerging as powerful regional centers of innovation and entrepreneurship. From Los Angeles’ Silicon Beach to Colorado’s Silicon Slope, up-and-coming tech hubs are challenging the notion that one has to get to Silicon Valley to make it big. Today, Newscenter.io will dive into an even more under-the-radar startup hub: Atlanta, GA, where CNN, Chick-fil-A, and a growing roster of innovative startups call home.
From technology to information security to entertainment, Atlanta’s preeminent industry leaders are joining forces to host more than a dozen large scale events across the city this October.
Home to a vibrant business ecosystem with multiple fast-growing industries, Atlanta is officially on the radar as a hotspot for new and expanding companies. Most recently, Honeywell announced plans for its 800-job software center and division headquarters in Midtown. GE is also establishing a Global Digital Operations Center, creating 250 new jobs; and Keysight Technologies, a company with links to Hewlett-Packard, is bringing its software development center and more than 200 new jobs to the region.
Atlanta is one of the country’s top cities for black entrepreneurs. In fact, according to a recent Survey of Business Owners (SBO), distributed by the U.S. Census Bureau, the State of Georgia ranked second (behind New York) for having the most black-owned companies in the United States. Most notably known as the black professional mecca, the rise and fall of the infamous freaknik and the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Atlanta is also home to the third largest base of Fortune 500 companies in the Southeast.
MARTA tapped Place Properties/H. J. Russell & Co. to develop the $51.3 million King Memorial Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
The development will include about 400 apartments units (with 20 percent earmarked as affordable housing) and 10,000 square feet of retail space. The project breaks ground later in 2017.
ATLANTA – Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Celebrates partnership with U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
By Betsy Helgager Hughes (Open Post) – January 13, 2017 10:05 am ET
ATLANTA – The new Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RCIE) today announced KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools as its first tenant. KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, which occupies the top floor of RCIE, moved into the building in late July just in time for the first day of school on August 1, 2016.