About Engage Ventures
Who We Are
Engage is an independent venture fund, established and financed by some of the most influential corporations in the world. Our mission is to strengthen collaboration and partnership between leading corporations and top entrepreneurs.
What We Do
We help startup founders get their product to market.
The most common way that we work with startups is through our 3-month program, which we offer twice each year. During this program, founders work closely with startup veterans and Fortune 1000 executives to refine their go-to-market strategies and create scalable market opportunities through partnership with leading global brands.
Participating startups receive $75,000 in seed funding, hone their to pitch for follow-on investment, and gain introductions to leading investors.
What makes Engage unique is the interaction with our founding companies to help entrepreneurs build successful companies. The founding companies contributing capital, mentors, expertise, time and resources include AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco Ltd., The Home Depot and UPS.
You should have your initial product built or near completion. This allows us to connect you with our corporate partners and focus our programs and services on helping you get to market quickly.
We invest in a wide range of areas, particularly as our partner corporations are spread across many markets. In particular, we are interested in technically-leaning teams focused on IoT, AI/Machine Learning, Reg/FinTech, AR/VR, Blockchain, Drones, Logistics, Cyber Security and Health & Wellness.
- Companies should be targeting a market opportunity that is large enough to be a good fit with the venture capital financing model.
- Specifically, we don’t fund biotechnology companies, consultancies, or other service oriented companies.
Our standard model is we’ll invest $75,000. Terms are dependent on capital raised and your revenue and traction.
In addition to the $75,000 in initial funding (this largely helps cover increased travel costs stemming from participation, etc), Engage will co-invest larger amounts ($250k-1MM) in subsequent financing rounds in portfolio companies.
Once we invest, we’re aligned and motivated to help you succeed. We will introduce you to advisors and potential board members; channel partners; assist with strategy; and help you identify the right investors.
Keep in mind, we welcome companies that have already raised seed funding to apply.
Unlike most corporate venture capital firms, Engage is independent of each of the founding companies invested. You can work with whomever you’d like, and don’t have to worry about conflicts down the road.
Our philosophy is to be flexible and founder friendly.
If you want to sell early, sell early. Founders need to be motivated, so we not going to try to force anything. Companies may also have healthy revenue streams and not need another dime of venture capital after going through our program.
At Engage we fund startups in cohorts. The fall program runs from August through October. The spring program runs from February through April.
Founders (or at least two of the founding team) are expected to be in Atlanta for the duration of the three-month program. We will provide office space if you need it.
The Engage program focuses on three main tracks: go-to-market, investment prep, and design thinking.
At the end of the program, we host a private event where startups can present to a selective group of investors, Fortune 500 CEOs and executives from around the country. No public pitching here. Each person in the room is someone who can make a trajectory changing impact to your company.