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Nurturing Innovation

Cox Enterprises is carrying on the spirit of innovation we have championed for more than 120 years as a key supporter of programs designed to nurture technology startups — Techstars Atlanta, Engage Ventures, Endeavor and Startup Runway.

Nurturing Innovation
Techstars Atlanta

Techstars Atlanta

Techstars is an internationally recognized startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs boost their early-stage businesses and product development efforts through education and funding. For 90 days, 10 startups work in a creative space in the heart of midtown Atlanta, receiving expert counsel and support from a network of more than 100 local mentors — including dozens of Cox employees. The program concludes with a Demo Day presentation, during which the companies pitch their business ideas to Cox executives and a crowd of potential investors from around the world. Cox Enterprises was a founding sponsor of Techstars Atlanta and has remained the presenting sponsor since 2016.

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Techstars Impact

Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars supports startup companies focused on addressing social and environmental challenges. Kicking off in January 2020, the new three-month accelerator will provide 10 for-profit, mission-driven companies with Cox leaders and experts to guide them in the early stages of their businesses. They will also help them grow their networks and prepare to pitch their companies to potential investors at a Demo Day.

Learn more about Techstars Social Impact Accelerator

Techstars Impact
Engage

Engage

Cox Enterprises, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Committee for Progress were responsible for bringing 10 forward-thinking companies together to establish Engage. Engage is a mentorship-driven accelerator program that provides funding, support and market access for innovative technology startups.

The 10 corporations have committed a total of $15 million to the venture fund and will actively support the accelerator through mentoring, education and collaboration.

Other Programs

Endeavor Atlanta is a nonprofit program that drives job creation, sustained economic growth and a culture of paying it forward to future generations of startup founders. It is part of a global community of entrepreneurs who have created more than 600,000 jobs and provided mentorship and investment in a new generation of founders. Cox Enterprises provided seed funding to bring the program to Atlanta and our CFO Dallas Clement sits on the Board of Directors. 

Startup Runway hosts the largest pitch event for women- and minority-led startups in the country and provides a cash grant prize to winners selected by qualified seed stage investors. Finalists have raised over $18 million in just two years. Cox is proud to be the presenting sponsor.

Other Programs