What is the Startup ATL CEO pledge?

It’s a commitment by Atlanta-based CEOs to support the local startup ecosystem.

CEOs who take the pledge promise that their companies will evaluate at least one new product or service from an Atlanta based startup in the next 90 days, and at least one of their senior executives will seek to join a board of advisors of a local startup within the next 12 months.

Why a pledge?

One of the core strengths of the Atlanta region is the strong companies that call our region home. We’re asking these corporate leaders to take some simple actions that will have a real impact.

By getting involved in the startup ecosystem they’ll be able to help ensure the next wave of innovation happens in the region that they call home.

Current Pledgors:

Jeff Sprecher - CEO, Intercontinental Exchange
Rodney Sampson - CEO, Opportunity Hub
Gordon O'Neill - CEO, O'Neill Communications
Lara Hodgson - CEO, NOW Corp
Klaus Obermeier - CEO, Iotronics Corporation
Lindsey Turner - CEO, Special Needs Certified
John Ferguson - President of Southeast Region, CBRE
Frank Green - President, Execusource
Milford McGuirt - Managing Partner, KPMG
Kevin Brown - President & CEO, Piedmont Healthcare
Mike Donnelly - President of Atlanta Region, Wells Fargo
Virginia Hepner - President & CEO, Woodruff Arts Center
Mark Gilreath - Founder & CEO, Endochoice
Jack Harris - President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Georgia
Jeff Hilimire - CEO & Co-founder, Dragon Army
Helene Lollis - President, Pathbuilders, Inc
Sheila Woodhouse - Founder & CEO, DoxMed

Paul Bowers - CEO, Georgia Power
Hala Moddelmog - CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Jim Hannan - CEO, Georgia, Pacific
Larry Gellerstedt - CEO, Cousins Property
Kat Cole - CEO, Focus Brands
Kasim Reed - Mayor, City of Atlanta
Kyle Porter - CEO, Salesloft
Ashish Mistry - Managing Partner, BLH Ventures
Baha Zeidan - CEO, Azalea Health
Patrick Taylor - CEO, Oversight Systems
Eddie Meyers - Regional President (Georgia), PNC
Dan Parmer - President & CEO, Harry Norman, REALTORS
Asif Ramji - President & CEO, Paymetric, Inc
Dan Reardon - CEO, North Highland  
Mike Sivewright - Market Director, JLL
Mark Wasserman - Managing Partner, Sutherland
Jenner Wood - Chairman & CEO, SunTrust Bank, Atlanta Georgia Division
Andy Roberts - Vice President, Cresa Atlanta