2008 was an eventful year for everyone – including ATDC. And while New Years is well past, we are going to look back to celebrate and share some of our achievements. We made great strides to achieve our vision to be the world’s best science and technology incubator producing successful graduate companies and making Georgia a leader in technology entrepreneurship.
The highlights from 2008 showcase the strength of ATDC’s programs from interactions with start-up companies to providing valuable resources to the entrepreneur community. Foremost, we celebrated the success of six of our member companies and formally recognized their graduation from ATDC. Additionally, we welcomed 14 new member companies and expanded ATDC’s impact by assisting over 200 early stage technology companies. We moved the annual Entrepreneur’s Showcase to its new home at The Historic Biltmore Hotel and attracted over 700 attendees to this premier technology gathering. The Peachseedz blog has continued to draw increased readership and is now a library of resources and best practices for entrepreneurs throughout the state. And, with such obvious demand, we added a new team member, David Sung, as a venture catalyst and manager of the ATDC Seed Fund.
Educational events remained an important tool for entrepreneur outreach in 2008. ATDC:
- Played a leadership role in marquee events like CapVenture, the TAG/ATDC Entrepreneurs Society, and Atlanta Startup Weekend 2;
- Launched Meet the VC, a new program designed to foster relationships between entrepreneurs and investors;
- Expanded our BrownBag series to provide hands-on education not only to our member companies, but also to Georgia’s entire entrepreneurial community.
Reflecting on 2008, ATDC is proud of its contribution to Georgia’s technology community and we are excited about the prospects of 2009. We welcome your continued support and we look forward to reporting next year on our relevant acomplishments!