One of the goals we set at the beginning of 2017 was to develop new membership levels that better reflected the needs of our members, in terms of offerings and support. That's why, as of May 1st, we're rolling out new membership levels.
The Athens startup community came together with area supporters and local business leaders on Thursday, January 26th at the fifth annual Four Athens Open House event to celebrate Athens entrepreneurship and recognize the impact of our member companies fueling economic growth in Classic City. Nearly 100 guests crowded into our main offices at 345 West Hancock Avenue to hear about the successes of our local startup scene over the last year, and learn of plans to expand and improve those outcomes in 2017.
It is the time of year when we come together with friends and loved ones to give thanks, demonstrate gratitude, and appreciate what we have. At Four Athens, we have much to be thankful for year-round. As a primarily volunteer-fueled organization we are continuously impressed by the dedication of our startup members, not only to their own ambitious vision, but also to the spirit and well being of the Athens startup community at large. Likewise we are humbled to witness the support of our community volunteers and supporters, who help us connect kids and adults to tech education programs, link talented people in town to new career opportunities, and share the spark of innovation and entrepreneurship across Athens.
Four Athens hosted its fifth Startup Stories event this Fall on Thursday September 29th. The evening brought special guest Paul Ollinger, early stage Facebook employee, comedian, and author to Live Wire downtown, along with two local founders and entrepreneurs, to share their startup experiences with the Athens community.
Every 6 months, Four Athens asks its members to complete a survey related to their employment numbers, revenue, and growth over the past 6 - 12 months.
Summer doesn’t slow down for the Four Athens startup community. Local companies and community partners have kept up the momentum generated from the first official Athens Georgia Startup Week in March, with a slew of activities that continue to strengthen the community of support for startups and small business success in Classic City. Here’s a roundup of #StartupATH community, tech education, and entrepreneurship events from summer 2016:
Four Athens startups gathered for a lunchtime Member Demo Day in May to share and discuss favorite marketing tools. Demonstrations were made by two Athens startup founders, Dustin Checketts of Paperboy Games and Ty Frix of Ichor Sports. Given their unique user base, each spoke on the specialized marketing processes they created over time, how they measured success along the way, and the tools that helped them get there.
Coffee Catch-Up began this year as a means to bring Athens startups, entrepreneurs, and community supporters together for daytime knowledge exchange and networking over coffee. Recurring every other Tuesday from 11am-12pm, Coffee Catch-Up is lead by local startup and small business community members, who choose a topic of interest or expertise to share, highlight key points or stories about the topic, then host a Q&A discussion with attendees to identify actionable ideas, suggestions, and resources startup founders and entrepreneurs can immediately apply to their current needs or challenges.
Athens Game Jam 2016 took place from Friday April 1st through Sunday the 3rd, finishing off the first official Athens GA Startup Week with the annual 48-hour marathon game building event. Now in its 5th year, part of the challenge at each Game Jam is to create a unique game based on an assigned theme revealed to teams at the start of the weekend. This year’s theme was “Duplicates,” and each of the 13 games created between 6pm Friday and 6pm Sunday relate to that theme in some fashion.