In addition to providing startups with the skills and opportunities to grow their customer base, we support those who seek capital beyond that available to them via traditional lending sources such as financial institutions, friends, and family members.
Our coaching staff prepares entrepreneurs in both ATDC Educate and ATDC portfolio for a successful negotiation and help connect them to opportunities – enabling them to make the best choice for their business. We offer entrepreneurs education, guidance, and connections through two primary programs.
ATDC Investor Connect
The ATDC Investor Connect program helps connect ATDC portfolio companies to private capital. A dedicated program manager tracks, monitors, and reports on regional and national investment trends and is available for consultations. In addition, ATDC’s coaching staff works with each presenting company to hone and polish its pitch. We don’t rest until your pitch and placement materials are perfect. An Angel in Residence is also on-hand to provide guidance.
Learn about ATDC curriculum that help prepare founders for raising capital.
Our portfolio companies are prominently featured at venture conferences from Atlanta to Silicon Valley and have raised capital from local, regional, and national funding sources. They rely on their ATDC credentials as proof to investors that they have been vetted and groomed for the funding process. For 2017, 2018, and 2019, ATDC’s portfolio Accelerate and Signature companies collectively raised over $100M each year from investors.
Federal Research Funding
The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide non-dilutive research funding to help a small business prove its technology is feasible. This proof can increase a company’s valuation and “de-risk” a potential future investment by a private capital firm. Over $3.5 Billion is available each year via SBIR and STTR to help transform innovative technologies into products with high commercial potential.
SBIR and STTR awards are highly competitive. Submitting a very good proposal is not good enough. Creating a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal requires diligence, planning, attention to detail, and a strong team of technical experts and business professionals. ATDC’s SBIR Assistance Program provides strategic guidance and helps our members understand the nuances of the SBIR and STTR programs of the eleven participating federal agencies to increase the probability of successfully receiving funding. Since 2013, ATDC member companies have received over $85M in SBIR and STTR funding awards.
After completing Customer Discovery and Financial Literacy classes, ATDC members are encouraged to attend our SBIR workshops and topical classes as well as meet with our ATDC SBIR/STTR Connect Catalyst.