Building a sustainable and inclusive startup community is no easy task but it can be done. WeWork Buckhead is hosting a panel, September 15th, that will identify critical issues affecting Atlanta’s startup community, create a strategy to address these issues and offer growth hacking tips for growing and sustaining Atlanta’s start community.
Hear from the Center Civic for Innovation’s Bem Joiner, Very Good Co.’s Bryan Noel, Hypepotamus’ Kiki Roeder and ChooseATL’s Kate Atwood on how combining elements of proximity with common values, interests, and hobbies cultivate community. The panelists will also discuss the best practices to sustain community and empower community members.
Bem Joiner has managed and consulted on numerous lifestyle and cultural immersion projects for a variety of clients such as Sprite, the Mississippi Department of Education, truth.com, the National Black Arts Festival, Nissan, Jack Daniels, Vitamin Water and many more. He also has experience in the music industry booking “early-adopter” shows for musicians such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and the Goodie Mob. He is one of the founders of Creative Call, an artistic collaboration and cultural exchange organization between Atlanta and Stockholm. Bem earned his B.A. at Jackson State University in Mass Communications.
Bryan helps companies navigate organizational objectives through strategic coaching and creative essentials.
As editor-in-chief, Kiki leads all activities of Hypepotamus, a media startup that spreads awareness about entrepreneurs, innovative companies, and promising talent in Atlanta. Fueled by the same entrepreneurial spirit that drives the people it covers, Hypepotamus.com maintains an up-to-the-minute calendar of tech-related events, publishes a myriad of articles each week, hosts a job board, issues weekly newsletters, and advocates on behalf of the Atlanta startup and tech community.
An entrepreneur and a community leader who has built a career on heading-up social impact initiatives in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
Founder of Kate’s Club, a nationally-acclaimed not-for-profit based in Atlanta that provides support to children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.
Following a successful founder transition in 2010, went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Arby’s Foundation. Refocused its efforts on a new strategic mission that more closely aligned with the Arby’s brand. Helped the organization contribute more than $18 million to ending childhood hunger in the United States.
In September, joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber, as Vice President of Marketing, to lead the recently launched ChooseATL platform. Responsible for focusing the region’s narrative to showcase all that metro Atlanta has to offer with the purpose to attract and retain top talent.