Articles about Innovation and Entrepreneurship

City of Atlanta Launches 2017 International Startup Exchange

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta recently launched the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange Program—a one-week international residency which will provide eight selected companies a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom. “We look forward to building off the success of last year’s startup exchange by further… Read more

Economic Development Team Travels to Europe With Focus on FinTech

Invest Atlanta traveled to Copenhagen and London recently to continue their work attracting global financial technology (FinTech) companies to Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Randi Mason, Director of Economic Development at Invest Atlanta, joined representatives from the Metro Atlanta Chamber along with other regional partners at the Money20/20 Europe conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Money20/20 is one of… Read more

Innovation Village Made of Shipping Containers Coming to MLK Corridor

The Invest Atlanta board recently voted to authorize the use of $550,000 to create the MLK Innovation Village using repurposed shipping containers at the H.E. Holmes MARTA station. The container village will provide transit-accessible retail and office space for small businesses along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor. “We think there’s going to be… Read more

A Month of Tech Travels for Economic Development Team

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… Read more

Executive Corner: Portman CEO Ambrish Baisiwala on Coda’s Impact

Portman CEO Ambrish Baisiwala recently visited Invest Atlanta’s Executive Corner to discuss how his company's Coda project will strengthen Atlanta’s position as a global technology hub, foster new collaboration between those in private industry and academic research, and attract new talent to the city. “[Coda] will establish Atlanta as the place for collaborative research,” he said. Baisiwala also… Read more

Key Sectors Targeted at Global Mobility and Health IT Conferences

Members of the Business Attraction team were busy in February and March focusing on communicating with leaders in two key industry sectors: mobility and Health IT. Senior VP of Economic Development Kevin Johnson traveled to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry. Randi Mason, Invest Atlanta’s Economic Development Director,… Read more

WEI Entrepreneurs Showcased at IA Demo Days

Invest Atlanta’s Business and Retention (BRE) team recently hosted two Demo Days for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative’s inaugural participants. Over the course of two days, Invest Atlanta learned more about their businesses, and the WEI entrepreneurs learned more about the services Invest Atlanta can provide. The Invest Atlanta BRE team shared information about Invest Atlanta’s… Read more

Invest Atlanta’s Sam Adams Shares Start-Up Knowledge at Armenian Tech Forum

Sam Adams, Invest Atlanta’s Economic Development Manager for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, traveled to Armenia in December 2016 to speak at the “Empowering Ideas Forum” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchange. Councilmember Kwanzaa Hall also attended as a representative of the City of Atlanta. The forum focused on how a developing… Read more

Coda Tower Breaks Ground in Tech Square

Construction has officially begun on the 25-story Coda tower between Spring and West Peachtree Streets in Midtown. Once operational, the high performance computing center within Coda will strengthen Atlanta’s position as a global technology hub, foster new collaboration between those in private industry and academic research, and attract new talent to the area. The center… Read more

Startups Prepare for Takeoff at Airport Demo Day

Six startups from around the world had the opportunity to pitch their innovations to airport and airline representatives at what might be the first of many Aviation Innovation Demo Days. Held in November during the final week of the Atlanta-Toulouse Startup Exchange at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the event featured startups delivering their pitches to representatives… Read more