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“TECHnology Tour” Offers Inside Look at Midtown’s Startup Scene

Midtown Alliance takes 75+ visitors on a tour of the district’s booming technology hub

In the heart of Midtown, Georgia Tech’s Technology Square teems with talent, companies, and big ideas. Why? The neighborhood has a royal flush of startup incubators and accelerators, coworking spaces, corporate innovation centers, research labs, convenient access to top research university Georgia Tech (and the list goes on)—all within eight square blocks.

In an effort to bring Midtown Alliance members inside the world of Tech Square startups, Midtown Alliance organized “The Startup Story” as the first tour in its Midtown TECHnology Tour event series. Held on May 17, the event offered more than 70 attendees a behind-the-scenes look at some of the personalities, projects, spaces and companies involved in Midtown’s bustling startup scene. 

 “Small businesses, including startups, provide most of the jobs in this country and play a significant role in Atlanta’s economy,” said Midtown Alliance COO Shannon Powell. “This tour is a way for you to get to know these companies and learn about the breakthrough technologies that are originating right in Midtown.”

WATCH: Video highlights from the TECHnology Tour

Location of Choice for Tech Companies

During the tour, Stackfolio’s Founder and CEO Pavleen Thukral discussed his decision for choosing Midtown’s Tech Square as home.
“There’s 500 startups in Tech Square alone. You can easily cross paths with investors from high growth companies on the sidewalk,” said Thukral. “This is the place you want to build a tech company.”

“I enjoyed hearing about the problems these startups are solving and how they’re taking advantage of being a few steps away from the resources at Georgia Tech,” said Midtown resident Joseph Scalia. “This tour was like a cyclorama of what’s happening in Tech Square, and clearly, it’s a perfect place for startups and entrepreneurs to grow.”

Special thanks to our hosts for making this inaugural event a success: BB&T, covello, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Ernst & Young, Panasonic Innovation Center, PNC Bank, and Wells Fargo. And we also want to thank our sponsors: The Garage at Sandbox ATL, Legacy Catering and Events, and MAC’S Beer and Wine.

See Midtown’s innovation ecosystem for yourself.

The next Midtown TECHnology tour is planned for fall 2017. Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for an event invitation and details.