Starting and Growing Businesses Since 2018

Emory University's Goizueta Business School partners with Focused Community Strategies and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to support entrepreneurs in Atlanta's Southside.


The Southside program runs annually from January through April. 

$10,000 in seed grants are distributed to businesses in each cohort.

Southside Program At-A-Glance



Businesses Served


Combined Annual Revenue


Jobs Created or Retained


Peer-Selected to Receive Capital

Where is the program?

We work with business owners who live in, work in, and/or provide valuable products or services to Atlanta's Southside.

Target neighborhoods are south of I-20, bounded by Fort McPherson to Thomasville Heights, Pittsburgh to Browns Mill Park.

Meet the Southside Team

Start:ME is powered by partnerships that bring a business school, community organizations, engaged citizens, and sponsors together. These partnerships are at the heart of what makes the program successful.

The Southside program is delivered by:

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In partnership with: