Much has been written here about the Atlanta Tech Village and lessons learned over the past 10 months, including the benefits as a sales and recruiting tool, instant community, and more. There’s another observation that crystallized for me recently: the Village accelerates results for entrepreneurs that work hard and take advantage of what the community has to offer. Let me explain.
With a large, active entrepreneurship center, there are always opportunities to move a startup forward. Here are a few examples:
- Learning programs for continuing education (it’s important to pick the ones that are the most relevant and not waste time)
- Guest speakers, panels, and VIP tours that also double as a prospect hunting ground (be tactful and pleasantly persistent — it’s very easy to cross the line and be annoying)
- Media events where journalists come through to meet startups, and the more relevant and timely the entrepreneur story, the better
So, the takeaway is that the entrepreneurship center provides a number of great resources but just being in the community doesn’t translate into results. Getting involved and being smart about it results in significantly more progress than working on an island.
What else? What are your thoughts on the idea that the Atlanta Tech Village accelerates results for ambitious entrepreneurs?