November 30, 1999 in Uncategorized

Acronym Soup – A

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Being a tech entrepreneur in Atlanta can be confusing.  There are a lot of organizations that can help you, but it is sometimes difficult to navigate all of them.  We will be starting a new series to help create a "glossary" of acronyms and terms that you should know about.  We will work through the alphabet and select a few key terms each week.  We welcome your suggestions.

Lets start with A…

ATDC – The Advanced Technology Development Center – a nationally-recognized science and technology incubator that helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies (

ATA – Atlanta Technology Angels – angel group that funds early stage technology startups in Georgia (

Angels – a high net-worth individual who invests his or her own money in start-up companies in exchange for an equity share of the businesses. 

Anti-dilution – a clause in a term sheet that protects investors in future rounds if your valuation goes down.   It basically allows investors price protection for their shares if the next round is at a lower price per share. (Link)

Accredited Investor – term used to define an investor that the SEC permits to invest in high risk deals (like yours).  Make sure all your angel investors are accredited.  Requirements: must have a net worth of at least one million US dollars or have made at least $200,000 each year for the last two years  (

ASAP – Arial Savannah Angel Partners – an angel network headquartered in Savannah, GA that invests in growth-oriented businesses in the Southeast. (

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