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Venture Atlanta Turns 10: A Look Back On A Defining Decade

by Holly Beilin

This year will see the ten-year anniversary of Venture Atlanta, the largest investor conference in the Southeast and a part of the history of some of the most iconic Atlanta names: from Silverpop to Kabbage to Parkmobile. Both B2B and B2C Atlanta successes have taken the Venture stage to pitch to investors and scale their growth.

Along the way, Venture Atlanta has helped companies raise just under $1.8 billion and alumni have seen $14 billion in exits. The list of founders that have taken the Venture stage read as a veritable Who’s Who in the circles of the Atlanta tech community — many of whom are still building companies, serving as advisors, or moving over to the investor side, but still remain involved in the newly-launched Alumni Advisory Board.

Here, Hype takes a look back at the last decade of tech in Atlanta. We’ve come quite a ways!



  • The Metro Atlanta Chamber announces the goal to recruit more technology companies to Georgia and Venture Atlanta holds its first event featuring 20 companies and 400 attendees; 20 funds are in the room.




  • Venture Atlanta splits its showcase into two – early stage and venture spotlight  for later-stage companies, thus doubling the number of companies showcased. Attendees surpass 500 for the first time.



  • AT&T Foundry Innovation Center opens in Tech Square to serve as a launching pad for companies that want to quickly get to market.
  • Venture Atlanta grows to 75 funds and 725 attendees.



  • Venture Atlanta sells out and sees a standing-room-only crowd for the closing keynote by successful inventor and entrepreneur, Lori Greiner, The Warm Blooded Shark of Sharktank fame. The conference expands its reach and adds a Southeast spotlight and for the first time features growth stage companies from Southern states including Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida (though the majority of the featured companies still come from Georgia).
  • Cloud Sherpas is sold to Accenture for around $400 million.
  • Clearleap becomes the second Venture alum acquired by IBM and becomes IBM Cloud Video.
  • International accelerator TechStars launches in Atlanta in partnership with Cox Enterprises, with Cloud Sherpas co-founder and Venture Atlanta alum Michael Cohn at the helm.

Techstars Atlanta 2017


So what next for Venture Atlanta? In its anniversary year and as they look toward their biggest event yet, Venture Atlanta launched a brand new website this week.

Along with making a strong commitment to alumni engagement, the conference has also forged partnerships with TieCon Southeast, female entrepreneur bootcamp Launchpad 2x, young adult education resource Year Up and the TAG Diversity Council to develop a diversity initiative — acknowledging the fact that it is significantly more difficult for women and diverse founders to receive funding.

The conference will continue providing a robust set of resources for entrepreneurs accepted to pitch in front of the 120 funds in the room — each entrepreneur is matched with dedicated coaches for 3 rounds of coaching on their pitch, presentation, and business plan. Applications are open through August 4th.

As the tech scene in Atlanta continues to rack up accolades across the country, there’s no doubt that Venture Atlanta has — and will continue — to  play an important part in the Atlanta tech scene and beyond.

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