An increase in activity among emerging businesses strongly indicates that 2012 will be a year of growth for start-ups in Atlanta. In just 18 months, ATA has grown their investor & sponsor base from 25 to 90, a promising statistic for those looking to get their start-ups off the ground in Atlanta. In addition, new crowdfunding legislation is currently making its way through the House and the Senate. Crowdfunding would mean any start-up can publicly announce that it’s raising capital (on Facebook or even in a local paper) and raise up to $1M each year.
Mike Eckert, who heads ATA, joined the Start-Up Council with the goal of helping further the development of an ecosystem of startups within the Atlanta community. “Joining the Start-Up Council and supporting our local community is at the core of what we do at ATA,” says Eckert. “Dynamic, early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas have the opportunity to fundamentally impact the business landscape and we are excited to be joining a group of passionate and motivated thinkers, comprised of both services providers and early stage investment firms.”
Start-Up Council, founded in 2006, is comprised of industry experts across a variety of verticals, who provide guidance to entrepreneurs as it relates to public relations, social marketing, funding, legal, business development, outsourced manufacturing, marketing and branding.
Over the past five years Start-Up Council has successfully advised more than 40 companies. Entries for the upcoming event on May 15 will be accepted until Monday, May 7. Applications can be found at http://www.trevelinokeller.com/
“As more leaders within the start-up community, such as ATA, show their support and stand behind emerging businesses, Atlanta’s start-up community will continue growing at a steady pace. Our next Start-Up Council roundtable is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain insight and develop meaningful relationships with potential investors as they embark on new business ventures,” says Genna Keller, principal at Trevelino/Keller, the founding member of the Start-Up Council.
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The Start-Up Council, a group of industry experts partnering to serve the start-up community, offers a consulting day "off the clock" to provide funding, accounting, legal, marketing and business development, branding and public relations expertise. Additionally, each entity in the Start-Up Council offers service packages geared to and priced for emerging companies. Start-Up Council members include Trevelino/Keller, Atlanta Technology Angels, Ask Remco, BChord, Gray Consulting, Flourishing Business, Frazier & Deeter, LaunchFN, Madison Marketing, Marsden & Associates, Moreland Group, Morris, Manning and Martin, New Clarity, Nvestor Relations, Object 9, Paymetric, Realistic Solutions, and Vitale CFO. Affiliate supporters include Kinetic Ventures, Intersouth Partners, Kennesaw State University, and Noro-Moseley Partners.