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21 June, Wed
Why Atlanta is a great place for startups

Atlanta has long been a hub for big companies—think Home Depot, UPS, Cisco, and Coca-Cola—and now it’s quickly becoming the tech startup center of the South. The Atlanta Tech Village (ATV) houses over 600 startup companies, making it the largest tech entrepreneurial hub in the Southeast and the fourth largest in the country. The city has seen several large IPOs—most recently, Carvana comes to mind—and successful exits from small to larger enterprises including billion-dollar unicorns like AirWatch (sold for $1.4 billion to VMWare, who kept the company in Atlanta).

International enterprises choose Atlanta over Silicon Valley due to time zones and access to the busiest airport in the world, and over New York City or Boston due to affordability. European transplants TruRating and Algolia landed here recently from overseas and are successfully building teams with the talent they find here. The city’s FinTech industry is stronger than ever: more than 60 percent of payment processing companies are based in Atlanta and 70 percent of all U.S. payments processed run through Georgia, earning the region the nickname of “Transaction Alley.” We’re also growing in the marketing, software and cybersecurity sectors.

Thinking of growing your startup in Atlanta? Here’s why you should move down to ATL and join our thriving tech scene.


Not too long, Atlanta’s quality of life topped Money’s City for Millennials list and Nielsen named it the #4 Metro Area with the fastest growing young population in 2015—in large part because those just starting their career can actually afford to live here. No matter how many CEOs or entrepreneurs we interview, everyone agrees that Atlanta’s affordable rents and low cost of living helps them thrive, take more risks with their startups, and innovate more.

Access to resources

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport gives you access to 80 percent of the U.S. market, including other major tech hubs like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With Delta, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and other Fortune 500 companies nearby, you have access to major players and innovators.

In every neighborhood, there’s a co-working space full of connections waiting to be made—in addition to local mainstays like ATV, Strongbox West and Switchyards Downtown Club, there are multiple locations of international co-working spaces like WeWork and Industrious. Education is accessible and affordable, even for those switching careers, from places like General Assembly Atlanta to the numerous coding bootcamps.

Diversity and inclusion

Atlanta is the fifth best metropolitan city for women-owned firms and a hub for minority entrepreneurs. Organizations like the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and pitch competitions like Startup Runway cater to entrepreneurs trying to get their startups off the ground. Diversity and inclusion are a major initiative and focus for Atlanta-area enterprises including VMware, Home Depot, Cox Enterprises, and Southern Company Gas.


With Georgia Institute of Technology (the only university on the Fast Company Most Innovative list!), Georgia State University, and Emory University nurturing students across Atlanta, the talent pool is unmatched. Add to that the large concentration of incubators and accelerators such as ATDC, Techstars AtlantaTechSquare Labs, and many others, nurturing and retaining talent is Atlanta’s number-one priority.

Last year, Metro Atlanta was named among the top 19 knowledge capitals in the U.S. and Europe, producing 4,000 new jobs in mobile app development alone and fostering over 3,000 new startups, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Thriving business climate

Georgia was named the top state to do business for the third year in a row last year, according to Area Development. Better yet, Georgia has your back during tax seasonand gives you some relief (and incentives) to continue building a startup here. If your company is planning to hire, re-train staff, or seek more funding, you can take advantage of the angel investor tax credit, retraining tax credit, job tax credit, and/or the research and experimentation tax credit.

Startup founders are busy people, and don’t have time for a city that doesn’t support them. It’s a good thing then, that Atlanta is known as “the city too busy to hate.”

Welcome to Atlanta, where the students learn, the community supports, and the founders build.

November 2019
25 November, Monday
Global Venture Alliance – Accelerator-3.0

Our CEO Zamir Shukhov's interview with the SME Innovator magazine about the GVA methodology, acceleration 3.0 and the future of entrepreneurship in Russia.

March 2018
05 March, Monday
GVA became TOP CHALLENGER of the recent UBI Global World rankings

GVA is recognized as the TOP CHALLENGER according to the UBI Global World rankings of University-linked Business Incubators and Accelerators.

February 2018
28 February, Wednesday
How Russian Consumer Companies Cooperate with Start-ups

The article on Vedomosti on  cooperation between corporations and start-ups. Among examples, there are three GVA's accelerators: Mega Accelerator, PepsiCo LAB and Faberlic FMCG Accelerator.

05 February, Monday
WSJ: “Nasdaq-listed Yandex is Russia’s Uber and Google combined”

“Stock investors can’t invest in Uber, but they can invest in Nasdaq-listed Yandex, owner of Russia’s top ride-hailing platform,” writes WSJ reporter Stephen Wilmot, referring to the Yandex.Taxi platform.

02 February, Friday
The acceleration program StrartUp Kazakhstan has been launched

The first face-to-face event in the framework of the StartUp Kazakhstan – program orientation took place in innovation cluster of Tech Garden in Almaty on February 1-2. On the first day General Director of the Autonomous cluster Fund "PIT" (Tech Garden) Sanzhar Kettebekov and CEO of Global Venture Alliance Zamir Shukhov addressed to the participants with the introductory speech. 

02 February, Friday
“Startup Innovation and investment in Emerging Europe:” A groundbreaking research released by East-West Digital News

How do the local startup scenes look like in Estonia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine — but also in less known countries, from Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Moldova, to Georgia? How much do VCs invest these countries? Are corporations involved in these emerging ecosystems? Which are the most well-funded startups, and which younger ones should be followed? Why do so many ICOs come from Eastern Europe?

01 February, Thursday
2 acquisitions and 1 ICO: the Russian eSports market is heating up

The beginning of this year saw major moves on the Russian eSports scene, a sizable European market with established players operating globally. Thus, last week Mail.Ru Group — an LSE-listed Internet company which controls the largest Russian-language social networks and a range of online gaming companies — announced the full acquisition of ESforce.

January 2018
22 January, Monday
New report by GVA’s partner Pavel Luksha “Skills of the Future: How to Thrive in the Complex New World”

GVA’s partner Pavel Luksha, founder Global Education Futures and professor at Moscow School of Management, has a new report out on what graduates should know and be able to do. “Skills of the Future: How to Thrive in the Complex New World” was developed with WorldSkills Russia during sessions of the Atlas of Emerging Jobs project. The report is a thoughtful review of global trends, changes in work and concludes with implications for education. Not a continuation of the present, the authors “believe that mankind should take a serious approach towards the formation of a desired image of the future.”

22 January, Monday
The Fund for the Digitalization of Industry will be launched in Kazakhstan

On January 22 during the official visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev to the USA the autonomous cluster fund Tech Garden signed a number of important agreements with American companies on the digitization of the economy of Kazakhstan.

November 2017
09 November, Thursday

At the international GELP Moscow 2017 Summit, which was held in Moscow on 1st to 3rd of November, leaders of Russian and foreign education from 12 states outlined practical steps for systematical change of the global educational environment, taking into account the existing global challenges of civilization.

October 2017
30 October, Monday
Global Venture Alliance & Forbes Russia in a closed round table discussion

Global Venture Alliance took part in a closed round table session organized by Forbes Russia.

27 October, Friday
In Moscow for the first time the international educational Summit Global Education Leaders` Partnership will take place

The authoritative international alliance Global Education Leaders` Partnership (GELP), which influences the development of school education abroad, for the first time, chose Russia as a meeting point for leaders and experts of the world educational community. The official operator of GELP is the Global Venture Alliance.

27 October, Friday

Global Venture Alliance is the general sponsor of the event on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the magazine Forbes.

25 October, Wednesday
Russia creates a research center for IT solutions in the transport industry

The Global Venture Alliance team on October 17 at the international forum "Open Innovations 2017" in Skolkovo organized a closed signing between RZhD, IBM, NES and NCC in the field of transport logistics. 

September 2017
19 September, Tuesday
MEGA Accelerator Opening

IKEA Centers Russia and GVA have identified 9 start-ups that will go into the MEGA Accelerator business incubator. Theese are Altair VR virtual planetarium, mobile application Save4time, virtual bot MRBot, VR-platform Hexa, interactive game Ligrook, time scheduler Verme, HR-robot Robot Vera, corporate messenger Beesender and IT-service for lawyers Bots & Partners. This was reported to Firrma in IKEA Centres Russia.

July 2017
28 July, Friday
Apple imagines AR glasses that fulfill the dream of Google Glass

Tim Cook has not-so-subtly hinted that Apple is working on some sort of augmented reality product. And while ARKit may be the start, a patent application published today hints at what Apple could be picturing down the road.

26 July, Wednesday
Apple and Cochlear team up to roll out the first implant made for the iPhone

Apple has teamed up with Australian-based Cochlear to bring iPhone users the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the sound processor.

25 July, Tuesday
Google’s DeepMind made an AI that can imagine the future

Google’s London-based AI outfit DeepMind has created two different types of AI that can use their ‘imagination’ to plan ahead and perform tasks with a higher success rate than AIs without imagination. Sorry if I made you click because you wanted AIs predicted flying cars. I promise this is cool too.

24 July, Monday
Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions

Scientists at MIT are using Wi-Fi and AI to determine your emotional state. They’ve created an algorithm that can detect and measure individual heartbeats by bouncing RF signals off of people.

21 July, Friday
This little USB stick is designed to make AI plug-and-play

The Neural Compute Stick from Movidius makes it easy to add a machine vision processor to any device.