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Atlanta Spotlight | Jenn Bonnett

Jenn Bonnett has served as General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech for nearly a year. She is a technology entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in the Information Technology/Software Development field with a specialty in Web and mobile technologies. Bonnett has served as Founder/Chief Technology Officer of a number of venture- and angel-backed firms, acting as both lead architect and growing/managing the technology team. She and her co-founders raised more than $46 million to fund three companies.  She is currently the General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology incubator.

ATDC is one of the longest-running and largest research university-affiliated incubators in the United States. Since its inception in 1980, ATDC has fostered innovation and economic development and has graduated more than 170 companies, which, collectively, have raised nearly $3 billion in outside financing. Headquartered in Atlanta’s Technology Square and adjacent to Georgia Tech’s main campus, ATDC is the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia.

Bonnett is the founder of StartupChicks, a 501c3 organization focused on empowering women entrepreneurs through education, community, coaching, connections, and investment. StartupChicks has touched more than 10,000 women globally through its content and events.

Bonnett played a key role in developing the Entrepreneurs Education Series, a curriculum designed to move “concept stage” entrepreneurs from idea through to angel funding. She is also the architect of the ATDC @ program which delivers coaching and curriculum to ATDC Entrepreneurs across the state.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms will be the new Mayor of Atlanta. Bottoms was elected by a vote of 46,667 to 45,835 for fellow city councilor Mary Norwood. Bottoms has been a member of the Atlanta City Council since January 4, 2010, representing part of Southwest Atlanta. She will take office in early January.

Bottoms was endorsed by outgoing mayor Kasim Reed, who defeated Ms. Norwood by a similar margin eight years ago. The mayor said, “I congratulate Mrs. Norwood on a hard fought campaign and am pleased that this election has come to a close. We can now focus on moving our City forward and I will continue to work with Mayor-Elect Bottoms on a smooth transition.” [ ... ]


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