September 26–October 20, 2023
are gathering for a paradigm shift.
As the home of culture-defining music to unicorn startups and gold-standard Fortune 1000 corporations, metro Atlanta has solidified its reputation as a global hub of creativity, talent, and influence. InnovATL2023 is where the worlds of innovation collide — a time when the movers and shakers across industries converge to share stories, celebrate successes, and grow impact.
This fall, InnovATL2023 will spotlight the rising stars in metro Atlanta’s innovation ecosystem. Join us for events amplifying entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, and influencers pushing metro Atlanta to the next level of global innovation.
Founders and funders connect at one of the nation’s largest venture capital conferences.
Avant South at Georgia Tech
Discuss and explore AI advancements with keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussions, a research expo, and more.
Honor hip-hop culture and Atlanta’s impact in music, tech, entertainment, and beyond.
ATLANTA STARTUP AWARDS
Recognize and celebrate Atlanta’s rising-star tech companies, startup pioneers, and disruptive innovators.
Techstars Atlanta Powered by Cox Enterprises: Atlanta Demo Day
Founders and entrepreneurs gather to share stories and discuss the future of innovation.
Atlanta Design Festival
Connect with the brightest creative leaders and organizations and explore installations, film screenings, panels, and more.
Full Events List
Venture Crawl 2023
September 26, 2023 | 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Venture Atlanta, Goodie Nation, and Metro Atlanta Chamber invite you to the 2nd annual Venture Crawl. Investors, founders, and startup community builders visiting for the Venture Atlanta conference are welcome to join this private tour of key places in the Atlanta Startup community.
Intentionally Good Summit Volume II
September 26–28, 2023 | FULL-DAY
Part inspiration. Part action. Part celebration. The Intentionally Good Summit Volume II powered by Verizon is our in-person convening for the founders, coaches, investors, partners, and team members that make the Goodie Nation community magnetic.
AI Explained with Microsoft
September 27, 2023 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Artificial Intelligence is advancing faster than ever and is expected to impact all aspects of society, changing the way people learn, work, and connect. It offers tremendous potential to empower workers around the world-but only if everyone, everywhere has the skills to use it. Join this Microsoft AI Skills Initiative event to learn about the fundamentals and harnessing the power of Al.
SCAD AnimationFest 2023
September 28–30, 2023
SCAD AnimationFest returns this September with special screenings, lively panels, and insightful presentations with industry titans on the future of animation, digital media, game design, visual effects, and more. Join professionals from across these immersive mediums for three days of exclusive events at SCAD Atlanta's new SCADshow theater. Follow SCAD and SCADFILM for the latest SCAD AnimationFest updates or check here for upcoming information about the schedule and events.
First Pitch Friday: University Edition
September 29, 2023 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm
University Edition will provide underrepresented college student founders from across Atlanta the opportunity to pitch their venture to a panel of investors and connect to members of the innovation ecosystem in Atlanta. This event is a partnership between First Pitch Friday, Venture Atlanta, Startup Atlanta, TiEU, The College Startup Alliance, and The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation.
Built in the Burbs Panel
October 3, 2023 | 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
HatchBridge Incubator at KSU introduces it’s Built in the Burbs Speaker Series with a panel of leaders from top companies building OTP.
Atlanta Digital World Summit
October 4, 2023 | 7:30 am–1:00 pm
ADWS featurs the people who drive Atlanta’s digital revenue streams – entertainment, gaming, and financial technology. Through three panel presentations, the summit will cover the current state of Entertainment, Gaming & Fintech – and answer the most important question – WHAT’S NEXT?
Cine Gear Expo Atlanta 2023
October 6-7, 2023
Cine Gear Expo Atlanta 2022 was such a smashing success, we’re returning for 2023. Thousands of industry professionals will surge to attend this year at Trilith Studios. A focal point of Southern filmmaking, visitors meet with equipment exhibitors from across the globe, attend panels and workshops from the International Cinematographer’s Guild, the ASC, and numerous tech brands, and party at the Southern Cine Soirée.
Atlanta Works Conference: Start-ups
October 10, 2023 | 12:30 pm–4:30 pm
Join peers launching new businesses in the metro area for sessions and dialogue. Get support for leading your team, advancing your priorities, and avoiding some of the headaches of people management. This half-day event includes a focus on the operational and strategic management topics to help you leverage human capital at a rapid pace.
ATL Unlocked @ Atlanta Tech Village
October 10, 2023 | 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
Join us in October for the Buckhead stop of the ATL Unlocked Tour at Atlanta Tech Village! ATL Unlocked connects entrepreneurs with innovation centers and startups across the region to increase knowledge and access to metro Atlanta’s vibrant ecosystem.
TiEATL: Exit Prep with Serial Entrepreneurs
October 11, 2023 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Join us for a panel discussion about how entrepreneurs should plan for their company's future. Over the course of the panel, you will learn how you can ensure that, when you decide to make your exit, you will be getting the most out of your company.
October 12, 2023 | 9:00 am–10:00 pm
The Kickback will feature gamers, celebrities, fashion, music, technologies, and careers that are shaping gaming and music culture and the competitive, global sport of a new generation. The Kickback mission is to cultivate innovation, creativity, and career opportunities for the next generation of students who are passionate about gaming, entertainment, and technology.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Connect Night
October 12, 2023 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
The Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation invites alumni, students, and friends to attend our annual Entrepreneurship Connect Night. This fun and meaningful networking event connects alumni and students, helping build connections across the three pillars of the center's activity: Entrepreneurship, early-stage investing, and corporate innovation. Invite only.
Standups & Startups: InnovATL2023 Edition
October 13, 2023 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Welcome to Standups & Startups, the funniest combination of comedy and the hustle lifestyle. We are excited to launch our first show in collaboration with InnovATL2023. Hear some hilarious comics while networking with those in the ATL startup ecosystem.
October 14, 2023 | ALL DAY
UNLOQ404 is not your average creator event; it’s a revolutionary gathering that caters to creators of every level, from fresh talents bursting with creativity to seasoned veterans who’ve already made their mark. This one-of-a-kind experience is tailored exclusively to unleash the full potential of diverse creators as trailblazers of the industry, the visionaries setting trends, and leaders shaping the creative landscape unite to share their invaluable knowledge and experience.
Atlanta Transit Authority & ArtzyBella Community Art Activation
October 14-20, 2023 | 9:00 am–7:00 pm
ArtzyBella and MARTA Artbound are collaborating on Safe/Lee Bike Lanes! We welcome Fall with an immersive community art activation that will celebrate the West End community. We’d love for you and your team to help Artbound improve the safety of the streets in the West End community using public art at Safe/Lee Bike Lanes. We’ll have music, refreshments, great vibes, and swag bags!
Creative Futures Conference
October 14–15, 2023 | 9:30 am–6:30 pm
The Creative Futures Conference will bring together design-minded leaders across business, non-profit, academia and the arts to explore the ways design can drive radical transformation in business, climate, culture and community. You will walk away with new experiences and ideas that will challenge the status quo, provoke conversations, and create inclusive cultures.
Cyber Security Panel at The Water Tower
October 18, 2023 | 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
The panel discussion will focus on exploring challenges that utilities have and could face regarding cyber security threats, as well as key management policies and training opportunities that can help utilities manage and mitigate these threats.
Women’s Global Leadership Conference
October 18, 2023 | FULL-DAY
Agnes Scott College has long been recognized as a driver of social mobility. We are proud to continue this legacy by hosting the fourth annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference. Join us for “Visibility, Social Mobility, Success” as we convene leading business and educational minds to discuss meaningful solutions to the systemic issues that have long blocked the way to social mobility for millions in the U.S. and across the world.
Business Breakfast on the BeltLine
October 19, 2023 | 7:30 am–9:00 am
As part of InnovATL2023, the Atlanta BeltLine’s Business Solutions Office is teaming up with Microsoft for a conversation around demystifying the myths of generative AI. Discover how using smart AI and tailored prompts can boost productivity for your business.
Demo Day at Georgia State University
October 19, 2023 | 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of innovation at the Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund Demo Day! Witness the culmination of hard work, creativity, and determination as early-stage entrepreneurs showcase their ideas in a high-stakes business pitch competition. During the event, participate in an interactive showcase and networking cocktail reception.
France-Atlanta Event Series: Smart and Sustainable Mobility Panel
October 20, 2023 | 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Delve into the key aspects of building sustainable smart cities. Our esteemed panel of experts will explore innovative logistics partnerships, the role of sustainable mobility, and the importance of fostering bilateral collaboration in research and innovation between France and Georgia. Discover how these critical elements contribute to the development of smart cities and shape our future. (Invitation only – see event site to request invite)
France-Atlanta Event Series: Launch of La Synapse Lunch & Networking
October 20, 2023 | 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
La Synapse is a transatlantic deeptech accelerator connecting brilliant minds in France and the USA to work together towards solving human, social and environmental grand challenges. The activity of La Synapse will involve 10 cutting edge technological fields across 7 US locations, among which the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, and will operate through immersion programs, learning expeditions and expert meetings on the two ways bridge between the US Southeast and France. (Invitation only – see event site to request invite)