Archive for September, 2017

Company to create software jobs in Atlanta

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more software jobs in Atlanta.

OneTrust, a global privacy management software company, will create 500 jobs and invest $5 million in a Fulton County facility expansion. New jobs at the facility will include positions in sales, consulting, marketing and software engineering.

“Georgia’s status as a top technology hub continues to attract and retain innovative industry leaders like OneTrust,” said Deal. “With years of experience in Georgia’s business community, OneTrust’s leadership recognizes the advantages of operating and expanding in our competitive economic environment. By reinvesting in Georgia’s strategic resources and our deep talent pool, OneTrust will grow its access to the global market and reach its customer base more efficiently. This announcement is a testament to the strength of our technology infrastructure and will further strengthen Georgia’s reputation among technology companies in the global marketplace.”

Backed by the founders of Atlanta-based Manhattan Associates and AirWatch, OneTrust is co-headquartered in Atlanta and London. The company is comprised of a global team of privacy and technology experts and currently employs more than 200 individuals worldwide.

“OneTrust plays a critical role in helping global organizations comply with international privacy regulations, and Atlanta serves as the best city for our business with its easy access to global markets,” said Alan Dabbiere, co-chairman of OneTrust. “Having previously built two successful technology companies in this city, I believe Atlanta has the top technology talent pool for building a leading, successful software company to serve our global customer base.”

OneTrust is used by more than 1,500 organizations globally to comply with data privacy regulations across sectors and jurisdictions, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the renowned and transformative new governance coming out of the European Union.

Startup jobs in Atlanta spotlighted

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta, along with international partners including the U.K. Department for International Trade, Sage and Metropole Toulouse, have selected the final ten companies for the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange, which spotlights startup jobs in Atlanta.

The Startup Exchange is a one-week international residency which will provide four Atlanta-based companies a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom. Two Toulouse-based and four United Kingdom-based companies will travel to Atlanta on this occasion.

“The International Startup Exchange provides the selected Atlanta companies a unique opportunity and resources needed to grow their business and ultimately create jobs here in Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I congratulate the Atlanta-based companies that will participate and share innovative ideas in this year’s Exchange.  We also look forward to welcoming the French and British companies to Atlanta where they will find a city with a robust and growing startup community.”

Atlanta-based companies Qoins, a FinTech startup that encourages savings for millennials, and Babylogger, a software and hardware company that helps catalogue baby activities, will travel to the U.K. the week of November 14, 2017 during Venturefest North East. In addition, Vayando, a social impact travel organization and Volantio, an airline booking tool for improving flight utilization, will visit Toulouse the week of October 1, 2017 during the EmTech Conference.

“The startup exchange program between Atlanta and Toulouse has been a great opportunity, not only for the selected startups, but also for our entire innovation ecosystem that works together towards the same goal,” said Stéphane Béquet, Director of the International Relations Dpt, Toulouse Métropole. “It enables our ecosystem to get together in order to help our companies find new growth levers abroad.”

Toulouse companies Nanomade and Nanolike, which provide IoT solutions applicable to smart cities initiatives, will travel to Atlanta during VentureAtlanta, which will take place October 8-14, 2017. They will be joined by Newcastle-based companies Drone Ops and Recite Me, which respectively provide commercial drone capabilities and web access solutions for the disabled.

Initiative boots jobs for women in Atlanta

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

A new initiative is spotlighting jobs for entrepreneurial women in Atlanta.

The city recently celebrated the inaugural graduating class of 15 women entrepreneurs from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI). As the only city-funded initiative of its kind in the nation, WEI is a 15-month business incubator program that fosters growth and sustainability through business education, financial literacy, access to mentors and consultants, and peer-to-peer networking.

“I congratulate the 15 women entrepreneurs who participated in WEI’s inaugural year,” said Mayor Reed. “Their achievements over the past 15 months show what can happen when government and the private sector join together to provide access to resources, technology and hands-on mentorship. These women had the courage to lay their futures on the line and chase their dreams; their ambition inspires us all.”

The vision for WEI was sparked by Mayor Reed during his first mayoral campaign. Launched in 2014, and guided by a seven-member advisory board, WEI aims to align entrepreneurial opportunities for women in Atlanta with the City’s mission of elevating and strengthening its economic development efforts. Atlanta was recently ranked 18th out of 50 best global cities for women entrepreneurs in Dell’s 2017 Women Entrepreneur Index.

“WEI’s first 15-member graduating class shows that women entrepreneurs are fearless, pioneering and worth championing,” said Theia Smith, Executive Director of WEI. “Their passion and accomplishments will serve as a great example of what can be achieved by the next class of WEI entrepreneurs.”

Over the course of the 15-month business incubator, nine of the 15 entrepreneurs have hired additional employees; six entrepreneurs have collaborated with fellow WEI classmates to create additional business opportunities; one entrepreneur has grown her 2017 revenues beyond $1.1 million; and, to date, the revenue gain of the first class of WEI entrepreneurs’ businesses stands at more than $480K.

During the graduation ceremony, the City of Atlanta announced that Flatiron City, which has partnered with the City since WEI’s inception, will extend office space leases to two graduating WEI entrepreneurs free of charge; WeWork, a national shared office space company located in Buckhead, will also provide free office space for three months to all of the WEI graduates; Jump Fund, a Tennessee-based venture capital firm, will come to Atlanta to invest in the businesses of the WEI women entrepreneurs; and WEI will now be a part of the Invest Atlanta team which will ensure the legacy of support for the WEI business incubator program.

Summit spotlights Atlanta jobs

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

An international summit is spotlighting Atlanta jobs and global opportunities.

The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA), in partnership with the Brookings Institution, is hosting the inaugural Atlanta International Economic Development Summit, a three-day summit on economic development best practices with partnering cities across the globe.

The summit which is being held September 6 – 8, 2017, will bring together an intimate group of 50 thought leaders and economic development professionals from Atlanta’s sister and partnering cities to discuss the importance of city-to-city cooperation and how it can be leveraged to create economic development opportunities.

Representatives from participating cities including Cape Town, South Africa, London, UK, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Paris, France and Ra’anana, Israel will participate in the summit. At the end of the three-day event, MOIA will launch an online platform which will enable this global network of cities to exchange contacts, trade and investment leads, industry needs, upcoming trade events and more.

“I am pleased to host this summit and leaders from cities around the world, who will share their ideas for how this network can be leveraged for economic opportunity and prosperity,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This diverse network of international cities offers an invaluable resource for global cooperation and collaboration, and I look forward to the ideas and partnerships that will emerge from this summit. I offer my thanks to our partners who have made this summit possible.”

The summit kicks off with a welcoming reception at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and continues with a day of roundtable discussions at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Confirmed speakers during the three-day summit include Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, President and CEO of Sister Cities International Mary Kane, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Hala Moddelmog, Dentons Principal and incoming President and CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine Brian McGowan, Brookings Institution Fellow Marek Gootman and high-level economic development professionals from participating cities.