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:
On a beautiful autumn day in Athens last week, the Classic City Chili Cook-off sponsored by local digital marketing firm HW Creative brought close to 100 people to Little Kings Shuffle Club downtown for a tasty lunchtime event benefiting Four Athens. The friendly competition between participating Four Athens member startups and local restaurants was a quest to win people’s choice in four categories: Best Classic, Best Flaming, Best Veggie, and Best Restaurant.
The 2015 Athens Game Jam took place this past weekend from Friday May 15th at 5pm through Sunday May 17th. Seven teams in total participated in this year’s event, creating games over the weekend along the theme The 80’s to compete for prizes. Game jammers chose their favorites at the Showcase on Sunday afternoon, after each team presented their game’s concepts and features, followed by a few hours of open play time for attendees to experience each game as votes were cast and tallied.
We are going to nominate talent as the word of the year in 2014 at Four Athens. Much of the year, and our time, was spent connecting entrepreneurs with skilled individuals, identifying gaps in the talent pool, and helping to train the next generation of developers, entrepreneurs, and skilled service providers. By the numbers, we added 53 new members, our member companies hired over 70 people (through end of Q32014), and we worked with 5 companies that received funding this year.
Technology is changing the way we live. From automating massive numbers of jobs, to making basic tasks easier, to allowing us to communicate more efficiently, technology has fundamentally altered the way we live. Part of our mission at Four Athens is to help educate the community on the power and benefit of technology.
Thanks to the awesome HW Production Company we have an awesome video commeorating our Four Athens Open House 2014.