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“Georgia Tech has such an awesome entrepreneurial community,” says Georgia Tech alumna Samantha Becker. And she should know.
The recently graduated civil engineer and her environmental engineering partner Shannon Evanchec, also a Tech alumna, recently launched Drinkably.
They would not have arrived at this milestone had it not been for the startup support received from Tech from the moment they hatched the idea to make drinking water safe for all.
From their first round of capital, to the connections made with investors, to the guidance and networking opportunities received from industry mentors and advisors from among the Georgia Tech faculty, the entrepreneurial encouragement for the Evanchec-Becker duo has been consistent and concrete.
Their participation in 2016 in the three-month-long Georgia Tech CREATE-X program called StartUp Launch brought everything together for them.
CREATE-X, however, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to coaching and capital resources available to the tons of startups that have settled around Tech Square and beyond.
Shannon Evanchec (right) and entrepreneurial partner Samantha Becker (left).
The Enterprise Innovation Institute, which helps entrepreneurs around Georgia find funding and partnership opportunities; the Advanced Technology Development Center, which assists technology-focused startups in Georgia with education, coaching, and funding; and VentureLab, which works with Georgia Tech students and faculty to commercialize their research ideas, are just a few other examples of the accelerator and incubator infrastructure that helps power the entrepreneurial efforts around Georgia.
And, of course, it's a definite plus that Atlanta is one of the top 20 cities for venture capital activity.
As Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed put it: “Atlanta is one of the eight leading cities in America for venture capitalism in the tech and finance space.”
Data from CityLab confirms Reed’s point, indicating that Atlanta’s venture capital investment stands at $514 million, leaving little reason to wonder about the density of startups to be found in and around Atlanta.