Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.
With equity front and center, Invest Atlanta supports businesses through economic development incentives, small business loans, workforce solutions, connections to institutions around the city, and other robust programs designed to give all businesses the opportunity to succeed.
Meet with the Business Expansion & Retention Team to learn more about how Invest Atlanta can support your business!
Meet with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Team to learn more about how Invest Atlanta can support your startup!
Feb. 15th at 11:30 am: Bookkeeping & Tax Credits with Saurav Bhandari, CPA of Arbo
Feb. 22nd at 11:30 am: Hiring with Ariel Lopez of Knac
Mar. 1st at 11:30 am: Cybersecurity with Nick Santora of Curricula
Mar. 8th at 11:20 am: Fundraising with Graham Gintz
Mayor Dickens announces $20 million Wells Fargo "Open for Business" donation
Feb. 1st: Plywood People's "Path" Program Begins
Path is an interactive six-week online course designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take with their idea. Path is offered four times during the year. The next cohort begins in February 1st, 2022!
Feb. 3rd: Final Deadline to Apply to Emory's "Startup Launch" Program
The program helps early-stage founder teams to rapidly develop their ideas and move their startup forward. Each team must include at least one Emory student, alumnus/a, or faculty or staff member, while other team members may be from the community at large. The program is free of charge.
Feb. 6th: Deadline to Apply to Atlanta Inno's "Inno Madness" Competition
Nominate a local startup (private, tech-enabled businesses or companies who support innovation.The Inno team will assemble brackets of private, fast-growing, tech-enabled local businesses based on nominations. In the end, only one company will be chosen as Inno Madness Winner.
Feb. 9th: Deadline to Apply to Women of Color Grant Program
The Fearless Fund and Tory Burch Foundation in partnership with The Cru will award up to 150 deserving women of color-owned small businesses $10,000- $20,000. In addition, recipients will be awarded access to a peer network to help you continue to build and grow their business.
Feb. 11th: Deadline to Apply to Cisco 2022 Global Problem Solver Challenge
The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.
Feb. 14th: Deadline to Apply to Department of City Planning's "Public Kiosk" Program
Applications are now open for businesses to apply to operate downtown Atlanta brick-and-mortar kiosks. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, while contributing to a more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly public realm in downtown.
Feb. 17th: Deadline to Apply to Department of City Planning's "Love Our Places: Bike Parking" Program
The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning’s Love Our Places program is looking to partner with an artist with each bike parking location selected during a previous call to develop and implement custom art for each award location.
Feb. 21st: Deadline to Apply to SHRM's "WorkplaceTech Accelerator" Program
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), through SHRMLabs, is launching an inaugural 8-week virtual program that is designed to scale up early-stage, growth driven startups dedicated to elevating HR and solving today's most pressing workplace challenges.
Feb. 22nd: Deadline to Apply to Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN)'s Innovate for All Grant Fund
Innovate for All funds and supports projects that help empower and sustain a statewide network of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship resources to create economic opportunities for Georgia’s rural, suburban, and urban centers, with a focus on the people and places that are often overlooked as hubs of innovation.
April 1st: Deadline to Apply to Endeavor's "Scale Up Atlanta" Program
This 7-month non-dilutive program equips Atlanta’s fastest-growing, highest potential Black founders with the resources and confidence to take their business to the next level. Selected entrepreneurs will participate in monthly programming and receive hyper-curated mentorship and services for the dynamic challenges of scaling up: a time commitment of 3+ hours per month, from May to November 2022.
April 6th: Deadline to Apply to Techstars Atlanta in Partnership with Cox Enterprises
This program is located in the epicenter of startup activity in the Southeast U.S., helping entrepreneurs build meaningful companies and enduring brands.
Rolling: Goodie Nation's "Intentionally Good" Program Application
Intentionally Good is a relationship and growth program from Goodie Nation that increases the competitiveness of tech-focused social entrepreneurs and diverse founders (Black, Latinx, and Women) for endorsements, pilots and strategic partnerships, and funding through professional development, warm introductions, and mental health sessions.
Rolling: Waitlist Open for Zane Access™ Capital Readiness Cohort
Designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented founders, the 10-week immersive course prepares underrepresented founding teams to successfully raise capital by providing them with networks and mentors to help them champion their story and use their own powerful, unique voice and brand.
Rolling: Panoramic Ventures' Startup Showdown Application
Startup Showdown offers early-stage startups the chance to pitch investors and increase their visibility among an expanded investor network. All semifinalists benefit from Mentor Day, where they will refine their pitch in front of experienced founders and other tech executives. Five finalists are selected to compete on stage in front of a panel of guest investor judges where we invest $120,000 in exchange for 7% of your company.
Rolling: Applications for theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program
This program offers classes beginning every couple of months in a variety of locations, meets once or twice a week, and is followed by six months of weekly mentoring which completes the full Make Startups Certificate of Entrepreneurship. The program is free if you qualify for funding through Atlanta's Workforce Development. Please add "Zane Access" in the section "where you heard about the program".
Rolling: QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association Foundation
Through the QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative, restaurants with an annual net revenue of less than $250,000 can apply for a $5,000 grant to cover payroll and operating expenses to help employ and retain staff.
- Invest Atlanta Dealroom Startup-Investor Platform: Connects startups, investors, and other ecosystem members via this free, virtual data platform.
- Curricula's Free Security Awareness Training Program: Provides free security awareness training program designed to help protect organizations with up to 1,000 employees and build a security culture at no cost.
- File 1099-NEC with Arbo for FREE: Helps complete 1099-NEC, a form is used to report non-employee compensations over $600 to parties like vendors, freelancers, independent contractors and more.
- SBA Mentor-Protégé Program Tutorial: Provides small businesses with business development assistance and help to successfully compete for federal contracts.
- Startup Atlanta Guide to the Ecosystem: Includes an ecosystem overview and more than 300 resources with clickable links
- How to Start a Small Business – A Veteran’s Small Business Guide: Outlines the steps to get a successful company off the ground by introducing wide range of excellent resources to help turn an idea into a successful business for veterans.
- Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Platform: Offers learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking and more. Complete two courses or coaching events to be eligible to apply for a Verizon Small Business Digital Ready $10,000 grant.
- National Science Foundation's Seed Fund: Supports startups navigating the earliest stages of technology translation, investing roughly $200 million annually.
- Women in the Workplace Platform: Equips women via roundtables and marketplaces with local resources from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative in partnership with Invest Atlanta, WorkSource Atlanta, The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and One Atlanta.