On May 15, Atlanta’s startup and investment community will gather at the Avondale Innovation District for the first annual Siggie Awards, named after Atlanta investor Sig Mosley. The event will honor early-stage investors who are helping to grow Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Nominations for the “Siggies” are open through April 30.
Since 1990, Sig Mosley has been the most prolific southeast investor, encompassing 145 startups with 105 liquidity events. Widely regarded as the “godfather of angel investing,” he is also record holder for the largest venture deal in the Southeast with the $5.7 billion acquisition of Tradex by Ariba.
“Sig has been a pillar of the startup community for the past three decades,” said Gordon Rogers, venture partner at Avondale Innovation District and long-time friend of Mosley’s. “But it ‘takes a village,’ and the Siggies are meant to honor those who have worked tirelessly to support our local startup ecosystem. In giving investors an opportunity to nominate their peers, and giving founders who have raised angel and seed capital the chance to nominate their unsung heroes, we can honor Sig’s legacy and show him that the Atlanta startup community will continue to grow and thrive.”
Accredited and professional early-stage investors, as well as startup founders, are invited to nominate individual investors in the following categories:
- Founder’s Favorite — Was there an angel or seed-stage investor who helped get your startup launched? Someone without whom you would’ve had trouble closing your first round of funding? Nominate them for the Founder’s Favorite Siggie.
- Investor’s Choice — Is there an early-stage investor you’ve worked with who embodies the spirit and vision of Sig Mosley? Someone who’s there to guide first-time founders as they run the gauntlet of capital raising? Nominate your peer for the Investor’s Choice Siggie.
Additionally, participants can nominate a startup founder for the Resurgent award, which will go to an entrepreneur who wasn’t successful with their previous venture but had the courage and determination to try again. The Siggies committee will also honor an investor funding enterprises committed to social good with the Conscious Capital award.
“The Resurgent and Conscious Capital awards are close to Sig’s heart,” said Rogers. “He wants to encourage the entrepreneurs who’ve learned from their mistakes, picked themselves up and gone back to the mat. He also wants to create an opportunity for investors to interact with those starting social enterprises. A major challenge for any startup is getting seed investment, and those that fall into the ‘social good’ category often have even higher barriers.”
A portion of the proceeds from the ceremony will go to STE(A)M Truck, the award-winning program from Community Guilds that delivers an innovative, gap-closing approach to education. STE(A)M Truck provides kids with hands-on, minds-on experiences designed to increase access to STEM careers and build critical skills for success.
“I’m honored and humbled by the naming of the Siggies,” said Mosley. “My hope is that the awards will shine a light on investors who have taken the time to help entrepreneurs get their startups to a fundable stage, and then led the charge to secure for them that all-important seed round. I’m grateful to the Atlanta startup community for my career, and I look back with great admiration at the people who’ve built businesses with their innovation, talent and determination. I’m incredibly proud of what we have collectively achieved.”
The Avondale Innovation District (AID), the location for the Siggies, is in downtown Avondale Estates. It is a place-based urban development designed specifically to support entrepreneurs and creative professionals, foster open innovation, and attract and accelerate new business ventures. AID and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School are sponsors of the Siggies.
Learn more about other sponsorship opportunities on the Siggies website.
The Siggies will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Siggies website. Admission includes networking, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and the awards ceremony.
About the Siggies
The Siggie Awards were named after well-known southeast investor Sig Mosley and created to recognize and honor early-stage investors who are helping to grow the metro Atlanta entrepreneurial ecosystem. The first annual Siggies will be held on May 15, 2019, at the Avondale Innovation District. Siggie award recipients will be selected by the Siggies committee from the pool of nominees. For more information, visit our website or follow us on Twitter @SiggieAwards.
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