Pictured above, Dean James presented the school’s match investment of $17,305 to Start:ME Program Director Brian Goebel 09MBA. The dean’s challenge matched all gifts to the program dollar-for-dollar.

Thanks to a matching gift challenge by Goizueta’s Dean Erika James to spur contributions, the Start:ME Accelerator Program is off to a rousing start. The summer fundraising effort, called the Dean’s #MatchME Campaign, matched donations of $17,305, bringing the total raised to $34,610, which will support last year’s cohort of participating small businesses and broaden alumni efforts to support more than 150 small businesses across metro Atlanta.

Start:ME is an intensive, 14-session accelerator program for promising local small businesses. Emory’s Goizueta Business School partners with East Lake Foundation, Friends of Refugees, FCS and Purpose Built Schools of Atlanta to deliver the program to talented entrepreneurs who live in, work in and/or provide valuable products and services to our Atlanta community. For more on the program and ways to mentor and support the 2019 cohort, visit www.startmeatl.org