Articles about Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Startups Pitch at Second Annual ATL Aviation Innovation Demo Day

Six startups from Atlanta, the United Kingdom, and France presented their innovations at the second annual ATL Aviation Innovation Demo Day. Held on October 13, 2017 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the event featured startups delivering 7-minute pitches to representatives from the airport and several airlines. Invest Atlanta, the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, and… Read more

Boys & Girls Club Breaks Ground on The Innovation & Expression Studio

On Tuesday, October 10, the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club in the West End of Atlanta broke ground on their new creative arts hub: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES). The new 27,000 square-foot space will provide arts and innovation programming to more than 200 children and teens per day. Both current members… Read more

Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) recently celebrated the inaugural graduating class of 15 women entrepreneurs. In attendance were Mayor Kasim Reed, Theia Smith, Executive Director of WEI, and members of the WEI Advisory Board, including Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich. As the only city-funded initiative of its kind in the nation, WEI is… Read more

Two BRE Clients Open Office Expansions in the City of Atlanta

The Invest Atlanta Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team saw two clients—GCI Graphics and Salesloft—open their brand-new office spaces in September. On Thursday, September 28, GCI Graphics cut the ribbon on their new 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta Industrial Park. The additional room will provide the 25-year-old company with the ability to add… Read more

Atlanta Cuts the Ribbon on the North Avenue Smart Corridor

The City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech officially launched the North Avenue Smart Corridor at Ponce City Market on September 14. Funded by the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond, the Smart Corridor will have more than 100 street sensors gather real-time data, which will then be used to provide efficient traffic management through data analytics. The goal… Read more

FlatironCity Named ULI Atlanta’s 2017 Project of the Year

FlatironCity was awarded the 2017 Project of the Year by The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta at the organization's annual Awards of Excellence.  Invest Atlanta supported the renovation of the Flatiron building, Atlanta's oldest skyscraper, into a next-generation office space. Originally built in 1897, the Flatiron Building is an iconic Downtown Atlanta structure listed in… Read more

Companies Announced for 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange

The City of Atlanta announced on September 5 that the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta, along with international partners including the U.K. Department for International Trade, Sage and Metropole Toulouse, had selected the final ten companies for the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange. The Startup Exchange is a one-week international residency which will… Read more

IA Travels to Hong Kong to Exchange Transit-Oriented Development Insights

Erika Davis, Senior Project Manager of Business Retention and Expansion at Invest Atlanta, recently joined with several other City of Atlanta officials for a fact-finding trip focused on transit-oriented development, or TOD. Along with Davis, the Atlanta contingent included: William Johnson, Commissioner of Public Works; Jalal Slade, Senior Policy Advisor on Real Estate; and Catherine… Read more

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