Venture Atlanta is the region’s largest venture conference gathering together more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, leaders and students for a high-caliber, 2-day conference.
We began 14 years ago with one mission - to connect companies to capital. Today, this mission has expanded beyond monetary capital to connect startups with the resources, network, clients, partnerships, and talent they need to grow. Venture Atlanta has played an important role in the tech ecosystem of the South and is proud to be a part of so many success stories in the community.
Starting in 2007 with a couple hundred attendees and only 20 funds, Venture Atlanta now welcomes more than 1,200 annual attendees and 220 funds, many of which come from out of state. Our network and events have led to $5 billion in funding raised and $15 billion in successful exits. It takes a village to make an event as exceptional as Venture Atlanta a reality. Our incredible team of leaders and visionaries work throughout the year to recruit the best companies, investors and sponsors to bring the event to life.
Meet the incredible Board of Directors, Founders, Staff and Organizations that have played a role in making Venture Atlanta the most innovative showcase in the region.
With the shared goal of bringing the premier venture capital event to the state of Georgia, the Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Technology Association of Georgia joined forces in 2007 to create Venture Atlanta with its first event the fall of 2008 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Venture Atlanta evolved from the Atlanta CEO Council’s ION Venture Forum (previously called the Atlanta CEO Venture Forum). 11 years later we continue to celebrate the vision of these three leading business organizations.
The Atlanta CEO Council empowers local CEOs to excel by connecting them to their most valuable resource: each other. It addresses the top four needs shared by every CEO: opportunities for personal development, connections to customers, exposure to capital, and access to talent. This goal is accomplished via the three pillars outlined in the Council’s mission. These pillars are: Networking, Mentoring and Community Service.
Each member of the Atlanta CEO Council is part of a private network dedicated to empowering Atlanta’s most innovative executives.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber is dedicated to leading our region to a more prosperous and vibrant future. Our focus is advancing economic growth, enhancing our business climate and improving the quality of life for each and every person who calls Atlanta home.
As a job creation engine, we are committed to growing the metro region through the recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. We achieve this through our dedication to the globally competitive industries that make up our strong ecosystem.
Maintaining a business-friendly environment is vital to our success. We act to enable sustained economic growth by promoting sound public policy and quality of life initiatives. From the arts to sports, we understand that a healthy business climate is derived from a well-balanced community.
Attracting and retaining talent is crucial to positioning Atlanta as a top-tier global destination. It is our mission to promote an accurate and compelling impression of our region and the myriad opportunities for professional and personal achievement.
The success of MAC emanates from its valued members, and we work hard to help our members stay involved, connected, and informed.
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 35,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.
The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 33 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.