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Access

About TiE Access

TiE Atlanta Angels is excited to kick off its 2023 ACCESS program, the entrepreneurship program that is bridging the mentoring and investment gap for underrepresented founders.

While women- and minority-owned companies are trailblazing the entrepreneurship scene, access to capital, mentoring, and the right network remain as barriers. ACCESS aims to set the stage for founders to present their product or service to established angel investors from TiE chapters.

Additionally, ACCESS awards female and/or minority founders whose ventures deliver measurable positive change(s) that address a pressing social challenge/need with one-time non-dilutive Social Impact Grants.

If you’d like to be involved with ACCESS as a sponsor, mentor or investor, complete this form and the TiE ACCESS team will be in touch.

Timeline

February 20: Online Application opens. 

March 16 and April 13th: Info Sessions at 5 PM – Register for here: 3/16/2023 at 5pm or 4/13/2023 at 5pm EST

April 4: Online Application deadline.

May 15: Semi-Finalist Chosen, Request for Additional Due Diligence ( rolling acceptance). 

June 5: Finalists companies & Mentors Announced. 

July 29: ACCESS Mock Rounds. 

August 9: ACCESS Happy Hour. 

August 19: ACCESS Investor Showcase. 

Qualifications to Apply

To qualify, companies must meet the following criteria:

Investments

Investments – subject to invest-ability due diligence to be finalized post the showcase event on 19-Aug.

FIRST PLACE – Up to $150,000 & opportunity to present at TiECON Atlanta 2023

SECOND PLACE – Up to $100,000

THIRD PLACE – Up to $75,000

All finalist companies will receive: Three (3) months’ of mentorship from two experienced entrepreneurs or executives;  Two (2) tickets to TiECON Atlanta 2023 on September 14, 2023; One (1) year of TiE Atlanta membership for up to 2 co-founders.

The top female-led company will also be offered a slot to represent TiE Atlanta at the TiE Women’s global pitch competition at the TiE Global Summit in Q4 in Singapore.

Disclaimer : TiE ACCESS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to alter any aspect of the program guidelines in keeping with the mission to foster entrepreneurship.

How You Can Get Involved

There are many ways individuals and organizations can get involved with ACCESS.

If someone wants to become involved with access please email angels@tie-atlanta.org.

Finalists

Meet the 2022 ACCESS finalists! These startups have applied and met the following criteria to be a part of the 2022 ACCESS cohort!

Now, these founders will go through mentoring for two months with assigned business leaders who will help them prepare from the ACCESS Investor Showcase on August 13, 2022. The founders will vie for investments and social grants towards their businesses.

The Diversity Movement

The Diversity Movement has “productized” the DE&I journey and built years of consulting expertise into its product platform. After gathering insights from over 100 clients, The Diversity Movement has incorporated key learnings into the creation of platform components needed to foster employee engagement and build inclusive culture. Its platform is designed to help organizations and individuals establish foundational learning with ongoing reinforcement to create behavior change.

Inclusivv

Inclusivv is an engagement platform designed to help companies, universities, and communities increase awareness, understanding and collective action around important and challenging topics. Inclusivv provides the content and technology to bring people together for conversations that matter in a way that mitigates risk, saves time and resources, captures valuable insights, and creates a more inclusive culture.

MedTrans Go

MedTrans Go is a B2B healthcare appointment optimization marketplace solving the $150B problem of medical appointment cancellations in the US. Our tech-enabled portal provides healthcare facilities and others coordinating patient care access to a customizable suite of services to address the root causes of their cancellations in one easy-to-use, integrated digital platform. 

Talley & Twine Watch Company

Talley & Twine was created after realizing that most watch companies just emulate the most popular brands. We create quality, detailed, attention-grabbing timepieces that speak to a market that has been ignored by mainstream companies. We like to operate outside of the “norms” and away from the long-standing gatekeepers of the watch industry.

Mentors

ACCESS’ power is through its mentors. Each finalist company has assigned mentors to help them get ready to pitch for the Investor Showcase.

Talley and TwineGeorge AyresLaVonya JonesJaishree Knauf
The Diversity Project: Christy BrownSolomon DavisAarthi Sivarkkamani

Partners

The following corporations, municipalities, and organizations are also partnering with ACCESS to provide more opportunities and access to resources to founders.

City Partner: City of Dunwoody – The city has sponsored TiE Atlanta’s ACCESS program in a strategic partnership with TiE Atlanta to grow its entrepreneurship strategy.
Venture Partner: Drive Capital – Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Drive Capital is a venture capital firm in Columbus that invests in founders building the next generation of market-defining companies. Drive is partnering with TiE ACCESS to increase its pipeline for Early Stage and Seed companies.
Ecosystem Partner: Venture Atlanta – The top investment of the 2022 ACCESS program will get a slot in the Venture Atlanta conference held in October this year.
Corporate Partner: TowerPoint – The telecommunications infrastructure and real estate investment company, headquartered in Midtown Atlanta, will provide mentoring in investments and finance to ACCESS finalists.
Community PartnerSerendipity Labs will provide three months of co-working space to all finalists as they grow and scale their venture.
Program Partner:  LaunchPad2X and Zane Ventures are providing resources and thought leadership to enhance the TiE ACCESS program.