Taking Action to Drive Impact
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.
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