Minority- and Women-Owned Business Entrepreneurship Program Accepting Applications for 2021 Cohort

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

TiE Atlanta is now accepting applications for ACCESS, an entrepreneurship program launched by TiE Atlanta Angels. In partnership with LaunchPad2X and Zane Venture Fund, the program works to close the mentoring and funding gap between women- and minority-owned businesses in the Southeast US. This year, the program has expanded its reach by partnering with its sister chapters TiE Carolinas, based in Raleigh, NC; and TiE Tampa based in Tampa, FL. 
There are 75 spots for the 2021 cohort. Qualifications for the competition include:
  • The business must be in the Early Stage, Seed, or Seed+ funding stage;
  • At least one female or minority founder/cofounder;
  • Pre- or post-revenue.
  • Located in the Southeast US
The business that places first will receive an angel investment of up to $150,000 and an opportunity to present at TiECON Atlanta 2021 in September. Applications are due by April 30, 2021

The program, launched in 2020, aims to pave in-roads for minority and women-owned businesses to build their companies and networks not only here in Atlanta, but at an international scale, thanks to TiE Global’s international impact. The program is also seeking investors and mentors who’d like to give back to the 2021 cohort through mentoring, investing, promoting or co-sponsoring. 

ACCESS is sponsored by email marketing service and automation platform company, Mailchimp; and Balentine, a wealth management firm. 

TiE Atlanta Angels is the angel investment group of TiE Atlanta and has made over $7 million investments in over 20 companies, with a primary focus on high growth entrepreneurial startups in the Southeast US across all industries. The angel group has worked on a disciplined investment model and has invested in companies seeking Seed through Series A funding. Through this model, TiE Atlanta Angels has become one of the fastest growing, high impact angel groups in Southeast.

To learn more about ACCESS, visit our website or email angels@tie-atlanta.org