Come celebrate the innovators, risk takers, and job creators making Athens a great place to live. Join Four Athens at our annual Open House spotlighting our member companies, highlighting our latest initiatives, and building on the successes of the Athens startup community.

The 2017 Open House was held on Thursday, January 26th.

At the beginning of each year, we celebrate the local startup community at our Open House event, bringing Athens startups, entrepreneurs, service providers, and other stakeholders together for a celebration of accomplishments. This annual event is a unique opportunity to see all the key contributors to the thriving Classic City entrepreneurial ecosystem in one place, meet and greet our member companies, and hear current data on the State of Athens Startups.

Annual Founder of the Year, Startup of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year are voted by the community, and the winners receive their awards at Open House.

Thanks to HW Creative Marketing for this video.

Annual Winners:


Founder: Tyler Wallace, The Best Practice Store

Startup: Cogent Education (IS3D)

Awards by: Erica Parson, The Hatch


Founder: Daniel McBrayer, Vestigo

Startup: Borrowing Magnolia

Volunteer: Jordan Burke, RoundTable Development

Awards by: Josh Marsh, Hackyard


Founder: Brandon Checketts, RoundSphere

Startup: umano

Volunteer: Richie Knight, HW Creative Marketing

Awards by: Mike Harboldt, St. Udio


Founder: James Preston, LiveSyphon

Startup: Ichor

Volunteer: Matt Miller, UGA Society of Entrepreneurs

Awards by: Reid Brechner, Lamar Dodd School of the Arts