Atlanta accepts applications for International Startup Exchange

The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta have launched the 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange Program — a one-week international residency which will provide eight selected companies a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom.

As part of the program, Atlanta will also welcome four startups from Toulouse and the U.K. to participate in Atlanta Cyber Week scheduled for October 1- 7 or Venture Atlanta Week slated for October 8-14.

Toulouse and Newcastle were selected for sharing growing industries and strong, existing relationships with Atlanta. Over the course of the one-week residency, the selected startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences and engage with investors, business leaders and potential clients in the aerospace, smart cities and cybersecurity industries. Selected startups will also receive roundtrip airfare, accommodations, dedicated co-working space and ground transportation for one representative.

The inaugural Atlanta International Startup Exchange program was launched in October 2016. Atlanta startups Carbice and Partpic traveled to Toulouse while the City of Atlanta hosted Toulouse companies Uwinloc and Donecle.

The Atlanta International Startup Exchange program was awarded Sister Cities International’s Innovation Award for Economic Development.

The deadline to apply for the program is Aug. 11.