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in venture funding in 2019
[Pitchbook, 2019]
metro area for number of women-owned businesses
[American Express, 2019]
early stage capacity building programs
[Invest Atlanta, 2019]
Photo by: Switchyards Downtown Club
Photo by: Switchyards Downtown Club


Atlanta has seen highs and lows — but it's the spirit of resilience that makes the city appealing to entrepreneurs worldwide.

With diverse talent, resources and funding options, Atlanta is now ranked a top rising startup city in the U.S. by Forbes. And with costs climbing on the West Coast, the best "big idea" is to go east.

Six Good Reasons

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Atlanta is the #1 city where African Americans are doing the best economically, according to Forbes' research from 2018.
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Talent Pool
ATL has more than 54 colleges and universities. Georgia Tech is the nation's 4th most innovative school, and Spelman is the #1 historically black college.
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Big Business
Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot and UPS — just a few brands headquartered in Atlanta that make great neighbors.
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From hip-hop and comedy clubs to eclectic restaurants and green spaces, ATL offers the best of fast-paced city life with room to breathe.
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Atlanta startups set a venture capital record in 2019. Get in on that, plus angel funding, non-traditional resources, incentives and more.
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With more than 12 accelerators, 13 incubators and multiple mid-market growth support programs, you can get your dreams running in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s infectious energy inspires you to become a better version of yourself and pursue your wildest dreams.
[ Stefanie Jewett, Founder and CEO, Activvely ]
Photo by: Mailchimp
Photo by: Mailchimp

The Big Kids on the Block

Mailchimp was born and raised in Atlanta, now with 1,000+ employees and a name that basically means email. Kabbage, Rubicon Global, and PartPic, recently acquired by Amazon, also got their start in Atlanta.


Find your way around the startup ecosystem in Atlanta with a guide created by Startup Atlanta, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs.

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