Entrepreneurs are starting to flock to cities with a rising startup culture that rivals those of New York City and San Francisco. Atlanta has quickly become the startup hub of the South. The city’s low cost of living, convenient transportation, rising startup culture and southern hospitality make it the no. 1 moving destination and our next stop on the SwitchPitch tour.
The opportunities Atlanta presents make it impossible for us to resist the city’s southern charm.
1. Low Cost of Living
New businesses typically have limited financial resources when in their early stages. Compared to larger metropolitan areas, Atlanta is a relatively inexpensive city. In the simplest terms it’s cheap living with a big city lifestyle.
2. The World’s Busiest Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson International is located in Atlanta, which means that business travel is easily assessable and more affordable. Atlantans are able to travel in and out of the city without much hassle.
3. Fresh Talent
Atlanta is home to several universities that offer technology degree programs, such as Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Georgia State University. Many of the graduates of these top universities choose to stay in the Atlanta area and have established startups looking for business partners.
4. The Startup Scene
From Atlanta Tech Village to the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), and Opportunity Hub (OHUB), entrepreneurs have a plethora of great spaces to build their startups, increasing the number of them in the city. It doesn’t hurt that Atlanta is home to some startup success stories including Yik Yak and MailChimp.
5. Southern Hospitality
Atlanta offers a friendly quality that isn’t evident in larger cities. We can sense the support from the community, rooting for their local startups’ success. That’s why we included Atlanta as a key market to hit during our tour.