I had the honor of writing an article for the Guardian about our amazing city – my guide to Atlanta for entrepreneurs. It was a fun challenge to try to cover all the amazing things that Atlanta has to offer to startups and small businesses in less than 1,000 words… and I quickly discovered that it was impossible. So here are a few things that didn’t make it into the article:
Education for business builders:
General Assembly: I’m obsessed with how awesome this place is for Atlanta. I think continual learning is crucial for anyone with the entrepreneurial bug, and General Assembly has pretty much everything you need. I had the opportunity to meet some awesome folks there as they got started, and am excited to join the Digital Marketing class next week as a guest speaker. If you haven’t checked out all they have to offer, you need to do that ASAP.
The Iron Yard is another amazing place to gain the skills you need to build a business – especially a tech business. Their programs are for people who want to deep dive into learning how to code and build amazing things. Tech Talent South also offers great full-time and part-time coding courses. Great people and great programs here.
Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship:
Signs of growth and success are easy to find in Atlanta, but so are signs of the adversity and challenges that our region has faced. Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown is full of streets, museums, and cultural centers that honor his legacy, but there is work still to be done – and a number of socially-conscious organizations are leading the charge. Plywood People, a non-profit organization and coworking space in Atlanta’s eclectic Cabbagetown neighborhood, empowers startups and nonprofits to be problem solvers and activists in our city and around the world. The Center for Civic Innovation in the heart of downtown Atlanta is a newer hotspot for enterprises that are taking on social challenges through entrepreneurship.
Much of Atlanta’s entrepreneurial growth stems from one of the city’s older institutions — Georgia Tech. The university, located in the heart of midtown Atlanta, has been a central location for startups since the early 1980s when Atlanta’s oldest incubator, ATDC, opened its doors. You can find ATDC in an area known as Tech Square, one of the best places in Atlanta to go if you want to connect with a mixture of fresh talent and tried-and-true wisdom. Tech Square is home to Atlanta’s AT&T Foundry™ innovation center, and just around the corner from the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies.
Atlanta has so much to offer startups and small businesses. Between my article in the Guardian and this post, what else would you like to see in a guide to Atlanta for entrepreneurs?