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At the Farm, Comcast’s startup accelerator at the Battery, entrepreneurs are working to break into the Atlanta’s tech scene
Inside an office at the Comcast Regional Headquarters at the Battery at SunTrust Park is a group of local entrepreneurs who are hoping to position themselves at the forefront of Atlanta’s innovative tech scene.
"Entrepreneur accelerator” START:ME focuses on small-business owners in communities like Clarkston, East Lake, and Atlanta’s Southside. The Emory University Goizueta Business School’s 14-week program aims to give entrepreneurs the skills, networks, and seed capital to develop scalable business.
When was the last time you were looking forward to a trip to the mattress store? Casper—the mattress startup you’ve most likely heard advertised on your favorite podcast at least once—is betting your answer is “never,” and with their new concept shop at Ponce City Market, they’re hoping to change that.
“All this talk of high-tech startups is fine,” you say, “but my tech skills max out when I update my Facebook status.” We consulted career experts and industry insiders to see how old-school jobs can translate into hotter fields or eventually segue into high-tech.
With its Fortune 500 companies and successful startups, metro Atlanta is like “a shaken-up Champagne bottle, ready to explode,” proclaimed AirWatch founder Alan Dabbiere, one of the area’s most successful entrepreneurs, at last fall’s Venture Atlanta gathering.
Compared to other cities in roughly the same genre (youthful, sprawling, diverse), Atlanta doesn’t offer much of a platform for would-be indie food entrepreneurs with small budgets. I hear the same complaints constantly: “Why do we need twenty parking spaces or a grease trap as big as a Volkswagen to start putting out good food?” One major culprit seems to be a real estate landscape that favors cookie-cutter developments with oversized storefronts anathema to creative types.