I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several very interesting business networking events recently. They just go to show how active the Atlanta business community continues to be, even in this difficult economic climate.
- ACG Capital Connection, February 10. This is the pre-eminent gathering of deal-makers in the Southeast, sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Over ___ people attended this year. Corporate business development folks, private equity investors, investment bankers, service professionals and entrepreneurs were all well-represented. It’s an annual event, and I strongly recommend it. I also recommend the ACG, which meets monthly and is always a great place to meet interesting people who are making things happen in the Atlanta business community.
- Startup Riot, February 18. About 50 companies presented startup plans to over 300 attendees. A lot of great plans and a lot of potentially very interesting new businesses were presented, ranging from safety equipment to web services. It’s hard to draw too many conclusions from a three-minute pitch, but I’m hopeful that some of these companies will turn into real and substantial businesses. That would be good for everyone in Atlanta.
I met a lot of great people at these events. I look forward to seeing them again, and hope I’ll see you at an event like this in the future.