Social Enterprise @ Goizueta

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Taking Action to Drive Impact

We put research into action through innovative programs that create better markets and stronger communities both here in Atlanta and globally.

Promising entrepreneurs are everywhere; however, the ecosystem support that provides knowledge, networks, and capital is not.

Start:ME is an intensive 14-week accelerator program that provides the most promising micro-entrepreneurs (those starting businesses with 1-4 employees) in marginalized metro Atlanta communities business training, mentorship support, and early-stage financing needed to develop their businesses. When successful, these businesses generate income for entrepreneurs and their families while at the same time build neighborhood vitality.

Start:ME has been working in the Clarkston community since 2013, expanded to Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood in 2015, and most recently launched in the Southside neighborhood in 2018. The program conducts sessions weekly each spring (January through April) working with 15-18 promising micro-entrepreneurs in each community.

The program is delivered by Goizueta Business School with lead community partners Friends of Refugees, East Lake Foundation, Focused Community Strategies (FCS), and Purpose-Built Schools Atlanta.

Start:ME is made possible by signature supporter Regions Foundation along with champion investors Emory University, The Goizueta Foundation, PNC Foundation, and SunTrust Foundation.  Alumni programming sponsors include Atlantic Capital Bank and Delta Community Credit Union. 

Start:ME established a pilot national network to help other communities establish programs including Cincinnati, Ohio (Xavier) and Spartanburg, South Carolina (USC-Upstate).

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