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During the month of October, metro Atlanta will serve as the backdrop for a wide array of events, including FinTech South, A3C, Venture Atlanta, Techstars Atlanta Startup Week and more, demonstrating that Atlanta is a thriving innovation hub continuing to grow. 

Home to a robust intersection of startups, scaling companies, corporate innovation centers and creative talent, metro Atlanta is competitively primed to be the epicenter of innovation success.

Atlanta offers a perfect environment for the future of innovation to thrive, including a network of top universities that provides a solid pipeline of diverse talent, a thriving community of startups and tech-based companies and an affordable quality of life for potential tech entrepreneurs and innovation leaders. 

Atlanta’s unique history of innovation and civil rights advocacy well-positions the region to weather the current climate, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and societal racial tensions. The region is equipped to answer the need for diversity and inclusion in the tech innovation industry, while also putting forth thought leadership in the health innovation space. 

Upcoming Events


October 5 - October 9: FinTech South

  • Fintech South 2020 is a world-class virtual summit with its nexus in Atlanta, a fintech hub generating $72B+ in revenues and attracting $1.1B+ in venture capital in 2019 alone. The event will host 2,500+ fintech leaders from around the world for a full week of content and experiences designed to help you drive business success and thrive in the next normal.

October 15: A3C

  • A3C, a renowned music festival and conference held annually in Atlanta, is hosting their virtual conference experience, A3C20 For the Culture on Oct. 15. The free, one day conference will provide insight and knowledge from some of today’s most experienced and acclaimed execs and artists in industries such as music, tech, culture and media.

October 19: Techstars Demo Day

  • Ten startups in the 2020 Class of Techstars Atlanta in Partnership with Cox Enterprises will present the progress of their businesses to investors and supporters.

October 20: Engage Ventures Showcase

  • Engage is a first-of-its-kind innovation platform comprised of category-leading corporations in the Southeast that have joined forces to support startups building the future of enterprise.

October 20: Insights on Innovation @ The Engage Fall Reception

  • Join us for a special edition of Invesco Insights on Innovation with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Engage. During the session, attendees will hear from Invesco President and CEO Marty Flanagan and Goldman Sachs Chief Strategy Officer Stephanie Cohen on corporate innovation and the power of startup partnerships. The Home Depot and STORD will also share highlights from their startup-corporate success story.

October 20: ATDC Double Vision Event: Graduation Celebration & Film Debut

  • ATDC is honoring the 2020 ATDC graduating companies and commemorating the 40th anniversary of the ATDC's founding via multiple activities including exhibitions, movies, and entertainment. Attendees can livestream the event or attend the drive-in experience at The Springs Cinema & Tap House.

October 21-22: Venture Atlanta

  • Venture Atlanta brings together the most innovative companies, technologies, and investors for the region’s leading venture capital conference. This year, the event will be fully digital, streaming live for two days of immersive experiences and opportunities to connect. Attendees will network with key leaders, hear from innovative companies, and chart the latest venture capital trends.

October 22: Atlanta Startup Battle

  • Five finalists to take the stage at Venture Atlanta on October 22nd to pitch to real VC investors with $1B+ worth of portfolio investments and $200M of early-stage investment capital and make long-lasting networking breakthroughs.

October 23-25: Atlanta Black Tech Conference 

  • The Atlanta Black Tech Conference will focus on using assets and strengths with urgency to create the change we seek. Enjoy keynotes, fireside chats, and panels on topics like entertainment, corporate, culture + community, corporate, entrepreneurship, K-12,  and skill development.

October: 28: Health IT Speaker Series: How Advances in AI & Machine Learning are Changing Healthcare Now

  • Attendees at the Health IT Speaker Series will hear from three expert panelists from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Microsoft, and KORE on the newest, AI and ML powered tech that’s transforming the healthcare industry.

November 1-19: Zane Venture Fund's Virtual Design-A-Thon

  • Zane Access provides early-stage founders led by diverse teams access to cross-functional experts, services, resources, training, best practices and customized content critical to accelerating growth, scaling, and excellence.

November 9-13: Techstars Atlanta Startup Week

  • Techstars Startup Week Atlanta is a celebration of the region's innovation and startup ecosystem, with five days of events, all free of charge. Get to know the community, and learn from and connect with entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors, and other innovation leaders.

November 10: The Siggie Awards

  • The Siggie awards recognizes some of the unsung heroes in the Atlanta startup community: early-stage investors. The “Siggie” Awards pay homage to Sig Mosley, Managing Partner of Mosley Ventures and known as the Godfather of Angel Investing in Atlanta.

November 13: The RAISE Forum

  • The RAISE Forum, a semi-annual event by Emory, creates local funding for in-revenue companies that need an investment round between $500K and $5MM. The Forum has fostered 24+ successful funding stories since it was founded five years ago. It is a by-invitation event.

November 13: Launchpad2x Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

  • More information on this event coming soon.

November 18: Startup Runway 10th Showcase

  • The Startup Runway Foundation introduces top underrepresented founders to their first investors. Hundreds of startups compete to be selected as one of 10 Startup Runway Finalist. 

Innovation at a Glance

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Metro Area Tech Hub (Growth Leader)

(Source: Business Facilities, “2020 Metro Rankings Report,” July 29, 2020)

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State for Black Entrepreneurs

(Source: Fit Small Business, "Best States for Black Entrepreneurs 2020," February 18, 2020)

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Top 25

Atlanta was named among the top 25 global startup ecosystems

(Source: Startup Genome, "Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020", June 2020)

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