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The Industry Connect program is a free service that provides curated matchmaking between Global 1000 companies and high potential ATDC Select technology startups. The goal of the program is to accelerate growth of ATDC startups by securing early paying customers, investors and strategic partners. ATDC facilitates successful matches by working closely with large company innovation and technology teams to identify specific needs in advance of a meeting. Once needs are defined, our entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR) identify startups who can not only address the needs but who are vetted and ready to both pitch and deliver on their value proposition. Industry teams typically spend several hours at ATDC hearing from different companies. Sessions are interactive with time to ask questions and imagine collaboration scenarios. Our EIR’s, who are themselves successful serial entrepreneurs attend, and are often the source of innovative ideas for synergy.
Follow-up meetings and subsequent contract negotiations, if desired, are conversations between the startup and the larger company. ATDC staff are available for consultation if requested and often help both sides understand the perspective of the other and find a way to move forward. ATDC has no equity stake in our startup portfolio. Our aim is to grow technology companies in Georgia.
If you are a large company, the best way to get started is to pick a date for a visit, have a discussion about needs and we will do the rest. If you are a startup, we encourage you to apply for the Select program so that you can get high level exposure to potential customers and accelerate your growth.
For more information: contact Betsy Plattenburg
"ATDC Connect is like a kid being invited to the candy store! Through introductions they have provided, we have been able to meet senior executives of Fortune 500 corporations on a regular basis. Its an opportunity we would never get if we were not a select member of ATDC."
- Jim Stratigos, CEO, Sytheros Communications
"ATDC Connect is a great program that allows our company to meet many of the leading new cutting edge technology companies. The quality of the ATDC member companies that we met are not only the best in Atlanta but also among the best of all of the startup incubators in the high tech industry. The ATDC Connect program allowed for convenient introductions and discussions that ultimately led to more engaging business development activities and business partnerships.”
- Kenji Takeuchi,Vice-President, Products and Technology,Flextronics