June 13, 2013 in ATDC News

Atlanta Launches Startup Survey

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In recent years, Atlanta has become a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity – leading the nation in new business startups and serving as the home of technology leaders including First Data Corp., AT&T Mobility, CNN and Dell SecureWorks.

In an effort to better support the emerging startup community, the City of Atlanta has developed a short survey targeting young entrepreneurs. The results of the eight-question poll will help shape city efforts to provide a healthy and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“The Innovation Delivery Team in the Mayor’s office is trying to learn more about the startup community in Atlanta, and how the city can benefit that community,” said Ric Geyer, of Atlanta’s Innovation Delivery Team. “If you are a startup, please take just a few minutes to provide your input. Hopefully your input will have an impact on future programs and policies that will benefit the community and bring more attention to our great entrepreneurial strength.”

The survey is currently geared toward tech startups and high-growth entrepreneurs in Atlanta. However, the city will be sending out a modified version later this month to more traditional small businesses, restaurants and retail outlets.

Questions range from number of employees and industry segment to reasons behind opening a business in town. Atlanta is currently ranked third in the country for cities with the most Fortune 500 headquarters and ranked first in innovation in Zipcar’s Future Metropolis Index. Just recently, the Georgia startup community launched the first company in U.S. history to issue equity through online crowdfunding to non-accredited investors.

Want to weigh in? Take 10 minutes and fill out the survey. Your answers can help contribute to the Atlanta’s growing reputation as a center of startup activity and innovation.

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