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Visit Hypepotamus: an amazing and free coworking space

Visit Hypepotamus: an amazing and free coworking space

There is a new place in Midtown creating some very big waves. Hypepotamus, or “hype’ for short, is the brainchild of some very savvy entrepreneurs. Kevin Wallace and Heath Hyneman have spent much of their lives founding and growing technology and online oriented businesses. Both men are native Atlantans having gone to school here and now raising families in the local communities. These guys want Atlanta to become THE place for startups.   The Atlanta startup scene is diverse and growing quickly. From events like Startup Riot, a pitch festival for young tech companies to gain seed funding, to programs like Village Capital, growing the network of businesses working to solve social and environmental issues, Atlanta is definitely on its way to becoming a startup hotspot. The companies and organizations coming out of the startup scene have the chance to bolster our economy and change the landscape of Atlanta. With focuses on things like health, technology and sustainability, startups are attracting a pool of incredible and youthful talent to...

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VISIT: FUSE

VISIT: FUSE

Our friends at C4 have launched a new venture to provide artists with something they need to be successful, a place to call home. Similar to startup businesses that can find work and office space at places like The Hub or Ignition Alley, artists need an official space to work, meet clients and practice. Welcome to the Arts Entrepreneurship Center or FUSE as it is called. The space is located in the M. Rich Building at Peachtree Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and boasts offices, classrooms and practice space available to C4 members. Access is based on a tiered system varying from 24 hour usage to by the hour rentals. We think the Center will be a great addition to the growing community of flexible spaces for creatives that call Atlanta home. The C4 space is a great find. It boasts a great interior, a central location and best of all a friendly community. C4 members are a great mix of creative individuals and a whose who...

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VISIT The Foundation Center Atlanta

VISIT The Foundation Center Atlanta

Have you ever sat around thinking, “How and where do I get funding for my idea to make Atlanta better?”- then the Foundation Center Atlanta is the place to go.  Located in the first floor of the Hurt Building (with pay parking available across the street and easy access via MARTA’s Five Points Station), the Foundation Center houses a plethora of resources and information to help you get started and stay sustainable.  From an extensive library of how-to books to a large online database of grant making organizations and their requirements, the Foundation Center has what you need. The staff is well equipped to answer questions- whether you need to know if you qualify for a grant or need to find out who else might be doing work like yours. In addition to funding resources, the Foundation Center also offers free weekly classes and seminars on anything from how to write a great proposal and make your organization financially sustainable, to the best use of social media.  In a...

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VISIT the Goat Farm

VISIT the Goat Farm

On a perfect spring day I had the privilege of touring the Goat Farm in Atlanta’s West Midtown area.  This curious space is one part dilapidated warehouse, one part urban farm and one part beautifully awesome.  Rumor has it that this space was once owned and guarded by a notorious recluse who chased would-be developers off with a shotgun.  Now this urban oddity is an idyllic yet still clandestine space, home to artists, musicians and small nonprofits.  The new owners of the space have grand plans to develop an affordable live-work-play environment attracting creative talent from all walks of life.  They are keeping development to a minimum; instead of relying on retail driven business, they thrive on renting practice space, event facilities and artists quarters at reasonable prices to those looking for a quirky and rustic experience.   The Goat Farm boasts: two large event spaces- one used for intimate gatherings and the other set up for larger scale concerts and events; an on-site organic farm complete with chickens...

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VISIT Krog Street Tunnel: a street art haven

VISIT Krog Street Tunnel: a street art haven

  Although not a traditional resource space, the Krog Street Tunnel has become a must-use Eastside message board.  Travel along Krog Street between Dekalb Avenue and Wylie Street in the Inman Park/Cabbagetown corridor and you will find a looming tunnel covered in graffiti.  At first it may seem like a sign of a bad neighborhood or even an indecipherable mess of fading street art, but look closer.  Event planners, bands, neighborhood associations and the like have begun using the walls of this strange tunnel to tell passer-bys about their up and coming events.  This tunnel, meant to provide an underpass for Krog Street to pass beneath the railroad tracks and shipping yard, has become an virtual billboard.   In the past year the Tunnel received its most notable nod for the anti- BP campaign that appeared one night after the Gulf oil spill.  Other instances of its use as a community board include the yearly announcement of the Cabbagetown community’s Chomp and Stomp chili cook-off and neighborhood celebration, and...

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