In a new piece published during the launch week of Atlanta Inno, Mark Buffington shares his perspective on the top four reasons why Atlanta is becoming a market-leading innovation hub:
In my nearly two decades of early-stage investing, I’ve witnessed the Southeast’s venture ecosystem evolve from a regional interest to become a major national player. In the inaugural State of Startups in the Southeast report, our researchers found that Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Northern Virginia and Research Triangle are emerging as market-leading tech innovation hubs.
Among its peer second-tier innovation cities, Atlanta has found unprecedented success thanks to a number of factors that create a uniquely potent environment for venture investing:
- Bold entrepreneurs supported by a rich network of incubators and accelerators. Tech Square alone boasts eight startup accelerators. That number triples across the rest of metro Atlanta. These organizations offer specialized support for a range of viable models, from launching student startups to commercializing university innovation.
- Private and public universities producing top tech talent. Atlanta is home to ten Top 10 engineering programs and one Top 10 MBA program at Georgia Tech, a premier law school at Emory University and two of the most prestigious, historically black universities in the nation, Spelman College and Morehouse. And that’s just the beginning. Our talent is highly skilled, highly diverse, highly motivated and ready to work.