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Our Philosophy

    Four Athens believes that Athens possesses all of ingredients necessary to create a strong technology startup hub. By working diligently to connect the necessary talent, mentors and funding, we feel strongly that the community, and region, will benefit by supporting the local entrepreneurial community. Startups create jobs, provide economic stability and are incredibly cost-efficient to launch. By connecting the existing components in this town, Four Athens believes it will be able to assist in the creation of Athens as a respected startup hub.

    Our Mission

      Four Athens was formed to discover startups, build community, connect creativity, accelerate growth and invest in success. We work passionately every day with new companies to help them succeed which in turn helps Athens succeed. Four Athens exists to support the startup community. If you see a need in the startup community that is not being met, please let us know how we can help you fill that hole.

      Our Skills

        • Business Development 83%

        • Legal Support 100%

        • Funding 85%

        • Community Building 91%

        Meet the Team

          • Jim Flannery

          • Executive Director

          As the project director of Four Athens, Jim provides information, guidance and assistance on business strategy, business plans, financial planning, and identifying sources of funding for Athens area startups. He is involved in helping spark your idea upwards of growing your company to millions in revenue.

          • Tamara Neff

          • Marketing Director

          As the marketing director of Four Athens, Tamara coordinates outreach, communication, and events for both the internal Four Athens team and for our member companies. In addition, Tamara helps launch new events to better connect the startup community in Athens.

          • Sean Reid

          • Education Director

          As the education director of Four Athens, Sean is responsible for all educational initiatives (youth, student, and adult) within Four Athens. He focuses on creating, delivering, and tracking curriculum designed to give Athenians the skills to learn to code.

          • Chase Massey

          • Community Manager

          As the community manager for Four Athens, Chase is tasked with managing our growing downtown footprint of offices, coworking spaces, and event spaces to house, host, and accelerate Athens startups. He is also in charge of helping tenants with their daily needs.

          Board of Directors

            • Dave Gunton

            • Board Member

            Attorney, Law Office of David Gunton

            • Stephanie Sharp

            • Board Member

            IT Senior Manager, Web Services, Franklin College

            • Tom Herring

            • Board Member


            • Usha Rodrigues

            • Board Member

            Associate Dean for Faculty Development, M.E. Kilpatrick Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

            • Jonathan Wallace

            • Board Member

            Backend Software Manager, Big Nerd Ranch

            • David Sutherland

            • Board Member

            Lecturer, Terry College of Business, UGA


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