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Guide to the Ecosystem: Funding + Incentives

by Startup Atlanta

Crowdfunding

  • Indiegogo – Indiegogo is where entrepreneurial projects come to life – amplified by a community of backers who believe the world benefits when every idea gets an equal shot at success.
  • Kickstarter – Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects
  • AngelList – Where the world meets startups
  • CircleUp – CircleUp is marketplace investing for emerging consumer product and retail companies
  • Indiegogo + MicroVentures – Indiegogo’s new equity crowdfunding service in partnership with MicorVentures
  • Sparkmarket – Sparkmarket is a new software tool that alloes is a new software tool that allows dreamers and doers to borrow capital from your network in your community on your terms.

Angel Funding

  • Atlanta Tech Angels – Group of accredited angel investors that provides early-stage, technology entrepreneurs with more than funding
  • First Monday’s Investment Group – First Monday’s bring angel investors, venture capitalists and young people with good ideas together
  • Gathering of Angels – At Gathering of Angels you will find mature and seasoned Angel Investors and Investment Bankers who listen to with high interest to your presentation pitch for capital, and if interested will write a check to your new venture 1-30 days after your first presentation at GOA
  • Southeast Investor Group – Southeast investor group is a peer to peer membership composed of partners from 30 of the Venture Capital Funds in the Southeast, five corporate venture funds, and 25 individual investors (highly successful tech executives who have built and exited sizable companies)
  • The Ritz Group – The premier networking group connecting Entrepreneurs and Investors, dedicated to growing new businesses,creating new jobs, and positioning Georgia as the leader in economic growth

Local Accelerators

  • BIG Accelerator – Finds, trains and supports exceptional women of color founders of tech companies
  • The Bridge – The Bridge is a unique Commercialization Program for startups, acting as a bridge between the entrepreneurial community and major global markets including the US, Europe, Africa/Eurasia and the Pacific
  • CyberLaunch – CyberLaunch is the leading accelerator for information security and machine learning startups
  • Engage – Engage is a startup accelerator focused on helping entrepreneurs open doors, access markets, and reach customers.
  • Flashpoint – Flashpoint works closely with founders to enable them to think clearly about their businesses
  • NeuroLaunch – NeuroLaunch is the leading accelerator program for neuroscience startup companies
  • Techstars Atlanta – Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises, focuses on technologies driving positive change in an interconnected world
  • Tech Square Ventures – Tech Square Ventures is a seed & early-stage venture fund that investing in cloud, internet of things, and university spin-outs
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative – WEI serves to provide unprecedented access to the human, educational and financial capital critical to empowering early stage company-building entrepreneurs, who just so happen to be women

Seed Stage

  • Atlanta Ventures – Atlanta Ventures invests in technology companies that put culture first, provide a great service, and love what they do
  • Buckhead Investment Partners – BIP Capital is recognized as one of the most active venture investors in the Southeast, areas of focus include software, healthcare IT, digital media, franchise, and Ed tech
  • BLH Ventures – Early stage investment firm focused on funding innovation
  • GRA Venture Fund – The GRA Venture Fund, LLC is a private investment fund created to help finance promising companies emerging from Georgia’s universities
  • RAISE Forum – The RAISE Forum is creating local funding for in-revenue companies that need an investment round between $1MM and $5MM (with a healthcare bias).
  • The Seraph Group – Seraph is building a diversified portfolio of early-stage companies in high-growth sectors

Early Stage

  • Accuitive Medical Ventures – Accuitive Medical Ventures (AMV) is a medical device venture capital firm
  • BLH Ventures – Early stage investment firm focused on funding innovation
  • Cedar Ventures – Financial advisory/consulting and investment banking firm that raises debt and equity capital for companies
  • CTW Venture Partners – CTW Venture Partners is changing the world by investing in companies that are creating products that will change the way the world operates
  • Forte Ventures – Forte Venture invest across a diversified set of industry sectors including: IT, mobility, digital media, fintech, and industrial technology
  • Gray Ghost Ventures – GGV seeks to eliminate poverty and strengthen communities through catalytic, early-stage investments in the developing world
  • GRA Venture Fund – The GRA Venture Fund, LLC is a private investment fund created to help finance promising companies emerging from Georgia’s universities
  • Leaders Fund – Helping entrepreneurs build storied SaaS companies
  • Mosley Ventures – Venture capital fund investing in early stage technology startups in Atlanta and the Southeast
  • Propeller Investments – Private equity firm focused on making investments within the aerospace and transportation fields
  • Tech Operators – Early stage venture capital firm investing in emerging software companies with high growth potential
  • TTV Capital – TTV invests in fintech businesses that serve the widely varying needs of the financial services sector and the consumers of financial products
  • Valor Ventures – Venture capital for SaaS startups

Series Rounds

  • Buckhead Investment Partners – BIP Capital is recognized as one of the most active venture investors in the Southeast, areas of focus include software, healthcare IT, digital media, franchise, and Ed tech
  • Croft & Bender Capital – Croft & Bender is a provider of superior M&A, capital raising, and financial advisory services to middle market and emerging growth companies
  • Georgia Oak Partners – Georgia Oak Partners invest growth equity into companies positioned for topline acceleration
  • Gray Ghost Ventures – GGV seeks to eliminate poverty and strengthen communities through catalytic, early-stage investments in the developing world
  • Noro-Mosley Partners – NMP provides leading entrepreneurs with energy, connections and expertise to build world-class companies
  • Peachtree Equity – Peachtree Equity provides subordinated debt and equity securities to middle market companies

Business Incentives

  • Invest Georgia Exemption – Permits intrastate crowdfunding; aggregate amount Georgia-based companies can raise in a year increased from $1 to $5 million.
  • Startup Tax Exemption – Provides a tax exemption for new and emerging technology businesses. Provides an exemption for businesses from paying the City’s license.
  • Investment Tax Credit – Income tax credit available to existing manufacturing or telecommunications businesses that have operated a facility in Georgia for three years prior with a qualifying investment of $50,000 or more, and can be from 1-5% on new investment.
  • Angel Investor Tax Credit – The law provides an individual state tax credit of up $50,000 on an annual basis for individual angel investors who invest in early stage, “qualified” Georgia companies between 2015 and 2018.
  • Georgia Research Alliance Fund of 2008 – Gives a 25% tax credit only to limited partners within the fund. The GRA fund is seeded with taxpayer funds of between $7,000,000 and $10,000,000.
  • Opportunity Zones – Available for new or existing businesses that create two or more jobs which can be taken against the business’s Georgia income tax liability and payroll withholding tax. The credit is available for areas designated by DCA as an “Opportunity Zone”.
  • Research and Development Tax Credit – Eligible R&D expenditures increasing year over year may qualify for this tax credit which can be claimed against payroll withholding after corporate income tax is exhausted.

Produced by Startup Atlanta.

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