Startup Chicks was formed a little over a year ago to connect, grow, and inspire women entrepreneurs in Atlanta. The group has been a smashing success, attracting over 500 members led by a core group of successful women serial entrepreneurs. In an effort to provide more than just networking and support, Startup Chicks launched a startup accelerator program in January that challenged members to pitch their ideas and then coached the women through the venture-building process. The companies in the group made incredible progress tweaking business models, building websites, and developing marketing and business plans, with several of the participants going from idea to launch in just four months. The first graduating class of the 2010 Startup Chicks Accelerator Program shared their successes and lessons learned at the group’s May 19th meeting. The nine graduating companies were
Abundant Closet – By developing Fashion-Ade, an online virtual closet and automated personal stylist, Abundant Closet has created a refreshing way to get dressed.
Jody Fennell and Ella Dyer (1st place SCAP 2010 Pitchoff winners!)
Writefully Inviting – A membership society for anyone interested in the event invitation business.
Marna Friedman (ATDC member) (2nd place SCAP 2010 Pitchoff winner!)
Electronic Napkin – Enhancing e-communication by allowing others to put their eyes on your work.
Jackie Hutter (3rd place SCAP 2010 Pitchoff winner!)
Make It Mine – Specialized in creating fun, beautiful, personalized birthday party supplies for children. Make It Memorable. Make It Unique. Make It Yours!
Jennifer Higgins and Patti Corcoran
PictureYourPurpose.com – Holistic Health Coaching and Fine Art Photography
Linda Marie, RN, BSN
Lu & Coco – Pampering your pet in the same organic luxury that you depend on, Lu & Coco revolutionizes the pet industry with a feel good, look good line of organic pet products to relax and rejuvenate your furry friends.
Data Chatter – Share your good information and work with Journalists to build information platforms around subjects you want to see covered. Why? Because everyone knows something someone else needs to know.
The Register – Interior Design goes digital.
Amy Wood (ATDC member)
Akrobionics – Giving people with leg amputations their life back by developing lower limb prosthetics suited for living life to its fullest.
Becky Rule and Leslie Thomas