Metro Atlanta Chamber Council Showcases New Technology Companies Arriving in the Region
By Metro Atlanta Chamber
Companies and organizations continue to choose metro Atlanta and Georgia for the region’s low cost of doing business, direct access to talent through some of the nation’s top schools and high quality of life. The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Grow Leadership Council explored the stories of recent new additions to the regional business community across the FinTech, IoT and innovation ecosystems. No matter the industry sector, companies find success and a welcoming community in the region.
Scott Meyerhoff, chief financial officer for InComm, presented on the FinTech ecosystem in metro Atlanta. InComm supplies innovative payment technologies to more than 1,000 brands around the globe. Additionally, InComm handles over $50 billion in transaction volume, annually.
“Atlanta is the center for excellence for the world’s transactions,” Meyerhoff said, explaining how InComm has found a home in the region, where they are able to reach customers around the world.
Metro Atlanta is unique in that it also offers a diverse and highly skilled workforce emerging from universities throughout the region. These students are able to attain a quality education in technology fields and find employment with established brands and local startups out of school – without having to relocate. Within FinTech in particular, there are opportunities for students to bring their diversity to the table and directly impact inclusive policies.
“Payment [technology] is an opportunity to innovate and to include the masses,” Meyerhoff said. “You can stay here in Atlanta and change the world.”
The council next welcomed Smart City Expo Atlanta Co-founder and CEO Aarti Tandon to speak on the first U.S. extension of the global conference on Smart City and IoT tech.
“We’re thrilled Atlanta is the host city [for Smart City Expo Atlanta],” Tandon said. “We’ll be here for three years, and we want to make an impact for the community.”
Community impact in metro Atlanta will initially be felt through the launch of the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners on the first day of the expo. The lab represents a 1.5-mile intelligent mobility and smart city test space featuring Sprint’s 5G and IoT technology that will include interaction with real-world vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
“Peachtree Corners is launching the second autonomous test track in America [here in Atlanta,]” Tandon said, illustrating the uniqueness of the project.
Smart City Expo Atlanta will kick off September 11-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Learn more here.
The council heard from Steady Co-founder and CEO Adam Roseman, a new app platform allowing individuals to find jobs, increase their income and plan for financially stable futures.
“We are focused on helping people fill income gaps,” Roseman said.
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal currently serves as advisor and advocate for Steady, supporting the continued growth of a healthy workforce for the region and nation.
Mailchimp Corporate Citizenship Director Lain Shakespeare spoke to the council about the expansion of Mailchimp into new industries.
“Since 2007, Mailchimp has added postcards, CRM and website [management] for a unified customer experience,” Shakespeare said. “When I joined Mailchimp, there were 90 employees. Now we have about 1,100 employees. We are now a marketing platform, and it’s the start of a new chapter.”
Mailchimp also recently introduced a new avenue for short-form series, films and podcasts telling the stories of diverse entrepreneurs from around the country. Learn more here.
Invesco’s U.S. Global Head of Talent Acquisition Tom Wilson spoke about the investment manager’s 40+ year presence in metro Atlanta with $1.2 trillion in assets under management.
“We will grow our employee footprint in the area in the coming years,” Wilson said. “We are proud of our place within the Atlanta business community.”
Invesco has made a commitment to metro Atlanta through their project at Midtown Union, expanding the company with new hires and more by October 2022.
The Grow Leadership Council celebrated the recent announcement from Algo Capital, recently closing their Algo venture capital fund at $200 million. The fund will invest in leading businesses building on the Algorand technology platform and blockchain currency.
“I’m a technologist, and I believe in what blockchain can do,” said Algo Capital Founder and Managing Partner Arul Murugan.
Emrit, Inc. Founder and CEO Aditya Arul followed Murugan with a presentation on his company – an emerging internet technology business providing a global peer to peer wireless network enabled with Helium technology. Arul is 11 years old and currently attends Atlanta International School with a vision to create a decentralized global wireless network run by the people.
For more information on the Grow Leadership Council, including how to get involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, please reach out to Joel Perkins.