Acropolis Innovation Festival Coming to Athens This April

Tagged: innovation , entrepreneur
Acropolis is a month-long celebration of energetic creators and forward-thinkers in the Athens community, with events spanning the month of April.

The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department is pleased to announce Acropolis: Athens’ Innovation Festival, a month-long celebration of energetic creators and forward-thinkers in the Athens community, with events spanning the month of April.

“The purpose of Acropolis is to further connect the creative communities in Athens and to show the region and the world the power of our innovative capabilities,” said David Sutherland of UGA's Entrepreneurship Program and member of the Acropolis planning committee.

The Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department is joined by local entities representing local government, small businesses, academics, start-ups, educators and more (please see full list of committee members below) in organizing events throughout the month of April to celebrate the innovative Athenian spirit.

“Acropolis is the conversion of many minds engaged in entrepreneurship and economic development, “ says ACC Economic Development Director Ryan Moore. “This community continually exceeds my expectations, and the passion with which this planning group has brought forward a common vision is invigorating. I have no doubt that Acropolis, our first-ever innovation festival in Athens, will create waves in this community and around the nation.”

Events scheduled for the month’s programming include Chess & Community’s annual conference, kicking off Acropolis on April 1 at the Tate Center at UGA; a ten-year anniversary celebration at the Athens Farmers Market on April 5; Athens Science Café and the AFM at Creature Comforts on April 12; and the second installment of My Athens’ Go Getters breakfast lecture series and myriad other events. A detailed list of events will be published in the coming days at the Acropolis website.


Submit YOUR Event to Be a Part of Acropolis 2017!
The Acropolis committee is now taking submissions for additional events to be included as part of the Acropolis Innovation Festival. We welcome any lectures, parties and other happenings that are emblematic of the particular kind of creativity that “innovation” entails -- creativity that modernizes and updates existing technologies to make them work better, inventiveness that yields new products and technologies, strategies that wed conventionally wise practices with modern delivery systems.

Please apply, attend, and share to help reveal the heart and soul of our vibrant business community!


The Acropolis 2017 Planning Committee includes:
Ryan Moore, ACC Economic Development Director, Committee Chair
Jordan Burke, executive director Four Athens, Programming Committee Chair
Rachel Bailey, executive director My Athens, Communications Committee Chair
Michele Horn, Director of Brand Strategy at UGA
Michael Seibert, The Sign Brothers, Yesco North Atlanta, Athens Chamber Small Business/Entrepreneurship Chair
Davis Knox, CEO of Fire & Flavor, Chariman of Athensmade
David Sutherland, UGA Entrepreneurship Program
Maddie Larson, UGA Entrepreneurship Program
Stephen Rosenberg, Perfect Pitch Concepts/SoundBoard Digital Marketing Conference
Broderick Flanigan, First Fridays and Flanigan's Portrait Studio
John Spiekerman, VP of Finance at Athens Science Cafe
Denise Plemmons, Program Support Analyst Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department
Matt Miller, President of UGA's Society of Entrepreneurs
Jared Bybee, Director of Thinc UGA
Tyler Duggins, Program Coordinator of UGA's Innovation Gateway
Stefan Schulze, Associate Director of UGA's Innovation Gateway
Mary Charles Howard, Executive Director, Athensmade


For programming, event submissions inquiries, press & other inquiries, please email and we'll get back to you ASAP!

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