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The Perfect Launching Pad

You have an idea. A problem you want to solve. A solution with real business potential. Now you just need to know how to get it up and running, right? You’re in the right place.

Savannah is an open collaborative inclusive community with an active engaged community so whatever your size, we can connect you with resources tailored to provide the assistance you need.

SEDA, in partnership with The Creative Coast (TCC), supports both early and growth-stage companies. Those companies in the earlier phases of business will benefit greatly from TCC and its offering of education and connection programs geared toward the entrepreneurial, technology and creative community of the Savannah region.

Later growth-stage companies are better suited for the expertise of SEDA; however, the synergy between TCC and SEDA is hard at work for companies of all sizes on a daily basis. In fact, one of the more tangible common denominators between SEDA and TCC is Jennifer Bonnett who works for SEDA as Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is also Executive Director of TCC. Jennifer’s connectedness between both organizations aids greatly in the transparency among companies in the region for the ultimate benefit of those looking to start-up and grow here.

#1

Top City for Creative
Professionals

SmartAsset

901

new businesses were created in the City of Savannah in 2019

City of Savannah

86.2

cost of doing business index,
significantly lower than
the national average

Moody's Analytics

In May 2020 SEDA established a new Savannah Technology Workforce Incentive. The program reimburses individual moving expenses up to $2,000 for qualified technology workers currently located outside of Savannah.

In 2019, the Logistics Technology Corridor Task Force successfully lobbied for state and local funds to initiate a study which will identify the economic impact of the strategy.  The state approved $400k with a $100,000 local match.  The study kicked off in February 2020.

 

 

 

 

In July 2019, The Creative Coast received a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to help lay the groundwork for a partnership with Bluffton, S.C.’s Center for Innovation to fund and grow technology-driven startups in the region. The $300,000 grant, along with matched local fundraising, will fund the launch, marketing and management of The Bridge Fund, a $2-$10 million seed fund with the goal to make 30 small seed investments.

In the Spring 2018, Savannah was named the state’s Logistics Technology Corridor. The goal of a corridor is to activate economic development by creating a cluster of logistic tech related companies in a region.

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Workforce Initiatives

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For more information contact:

Jen Bonnett

Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

912.447.9697

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