Welcome to Atlanta's Startup Scene

Meet key players from this booming tech ecosystem, and discover how the city's startup scene is defined by creativity & diversity.

By Google Arts & Culture

By Joey Womack, founder and CEO of Goodie Nation

Atlanta Botanical Garden Skyline Garden from above (2015) by Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta is a vibrant and interesting place to call home...

...and more than 6 million people do. ATL, as we call it, is a mashup of many Fortune 500 companies, the world’s busiest airport, the highest number of colleges and universities in the US, a thriving creative community, and significant cultural diversity.

Atlanta Skyline (2014-03-31) by Mike Stewart/ AP PhotoWABE 90.1 FM

But it’s Atlanta’s position at the intersection of the tech startup, creative community and a talented, racially diverse population that ignites the spark of true innovation. Such a landscape has produced a rather unique and exciting startup scene. 

Street Art In Cabbagetown by Lauren Booker / WABEWABE 90.1 FM

First, let’s meet those who have paved the way.

Tricia Whitlock

Tricia Whitlock

Tricia Whitlock helped Georgia State University and TechSquare Labs expand their entrepreneurial efforts and kickstarted Hypepotamus as a publication - now the largest tech blog in the Southeast. 

Adam Harrell

Adam Harrell

Adam Harrell jump started Startup Atlanta, a community non-profit focused on connecting, growing and promoting the Metro Atlanta Startup Ecosystem.

Sig Mosley

Sig Mosley

Sig Mosley is the managing partner of Mosley Ventures, a venture fund investing in early stage technology startups in the Southeast. Widely regarded as the “Godfather of Angel Investing,” Sig has been the most prolific Southeast investor in 120 startups with 82 liquidity events. 

Atlanta's Tech Village

David Cummings and David Lightburn

Cummings + Lightburn founded Atlanta Tech Village - the United States’ 4th largest tech hub - creating a significant inflection point for the city.  David is a tech entrepreneur who has founded 10 companies employing thousands of people, including Pardot, SalesLoft and Terminus.

Atlanta Pride Run (2019) by Evey Wilson/ for WABEWABE 90.1 FM

In recent years, a new group of diverse leaders has emerged.

Paul Judge and Ryan Wilson

Dr. Paul Judge and Ryan Wilson teamed up...

...to use A3C as a platform to intersect our creative and startup communities.

Paul is a technology entrepreneur and investor (TechSquare Labs, Pindrop). Ryan is CEO and co-founder of The Gathering Spot, which has redefined networking and cultivated a hub for local executives, creatives and tastemakers.

Jewel Burks

Jewel Burks Solomon is the Head of Google for Startups

where she works to level the playing field for under-represented startup founders and communities. Jewel is also managing partner at Collab Capital, an alternative investment fund she launched to close the funding gap for Black entrepreneurs.

Christy Brown: Atlanta

Christy Brown

Christy Brown serves as President and CEO of Launchpad2x, an organization dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs scale startups and rise in business.

Stankonia (2018-06-10) by Michael JohnsonTrap Music Museum

And an exciting group of founders "got something to say”

and are considered rising stars. 

Jarrett Hines

Jarrett Hines and Roy Scott

Jarrett Hines of Music Tech Works and Roy Scott of Healthy Hip Hop are doing amazing work in the music innovation space. Jarrett’s company Music Tech Works is focused on building simple tools for music licensing. 

Roy & Wes in the Studio

Jarrett Hines and Roy Scott

Roy’s Healthy Hip Hop is an online platform powered by the arts and social interaction.

Jenn Graham Stokell

Jenn Graham Stokell

Jenn Graham Stokell developed Civic Dinners as an engagement platform that works with companies, organizations, government agencies, foundations and universities to bring people from different backgrounds together for conversations that matter.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson and Jakita Thomas

And Ryan Johnson’s Cxmmunity and Jakita Thomas’ Pharoah’s Conclave are developing the next generation of diverse eSports leaders. Cxmmunity is the leading esports and video game career program for students of color. 

Jakita Thomas

Ryan Johnson’s Cxmmunity and Jakita Thomas

Pharoah’s Conclave is a tech company that prepares youth for esports careers.

3ttman (2013-08-15) by 3ttmanLiving Walls, The City Speaks Inc.

So welcome to Atlanta, the capital of the South. There’s something for everyone.

Joey Womack

About author Joey Womack, founder and CEO of Goodie Nation

Joey Womack’s passion lies in helping to equalize socio- economic disparities in communities all over the world. His goal: To positively impact 1 billion people by the year 2039.

He is the founder and CEO of nonprofit Goodie Nation, whose initiatives are designed to close the relationship gap for tech-focused social entrepreneurs and diverse founders.

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