A Month of Tech Travels for Economic Development Team

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Members of the Invest Atlanta team spent the month of June representing Atlanta, networking with company executives, and meeting with savvy entrepreneurs at several international technology conferences. These trips are part of IA’s larger strategy to attract and retain businesses from targeted industry sectors, including cybersecurity, health IT, and the biosciences.

Kevin Johnson, IA’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development, traveled to London on June 6 for Infosecurity (Infosec) Europe, as well as London Tech Week the following week. During the week of June 19, Economic Development Director Randi Mason will be in San Diego for the BIO International Convention to meet with biotech companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations from around the world.

Infosec Europe is the continent’s top cybersecurity conference, welcoming more than 13,500 information security professionals this year. While there, Johnson made valuable connections with European tech companies, including several Welsh-based firms. Atlanta has a thriving cybersecurity sector, with a strong focus on financial technology, or FinTech. Fortune Magazine recently named Atlanta 1 of 7 cities that could become the world’s cybersecurity capital, and the state of Georgia is home to 115 cybersecurity companies that generate a quarter of the sector’s global revenue. Metro Atlanta has become known as “Transaction Alley” thanks to its strength in FinTech, with the industry employing nearly 40,000 in the metro region.

From June 12-16, more than 40,000 attendees from 70-plus countries came together for London Tech Week. The week-long conference provided IA with the chance to talk about Atlanta with an engaged tech audience. Johnson met with the corporate leadership of Skignz, a late stage start-up based in Middlesbrough, UK, who has an established base in Atlanta with plans to rapidly grow their presence in the US market. He also met with Teesside University’s innovation and workforce leadership to discuss how the institution supports local start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention will bring over 1,100 biotech organizations to San Diego from June 19-22. While there, Randi Mason will network with global biotech and pharma leaders to talk about Atlanta’s growing bioscience industry. Metro Atlanta is home to renowned national and global health organizations, including the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, CARE, The Carter Center, and the Task Force for Global Health. Health IT is a thriving industry in the state of Georgia, with over 250 companies employing around 30,000 people.