The Siggie Awards, an event honoring the early-stage investors helping to grow Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, announced today that it is accepting nominations now through October 22. Named after well-known Atlanta investor Sig Mosley, the Siggie Awards will be held virtually again this year on November 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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 the record holder for the largest venture deal in the Southeast with the $5.7 billion acquisition of Tradex by Ariba.
“Sig’s profound influence on the rise of Atlanta’s startup community is undeniable,” said Mike Ross, President of MHR International and the winner of last year’s Investor’s Choice Siggie Award. “Without him, we wouldn’t have the thriving startup ecosystem we have today. I’m especially moved by what I have seen him do in our community of diverse entrepreneurs. The Siggie Awards provides an annual opportunity to celebrate and honor Sig’s legacy.”
The Siggie Awards will immediately follow the RAISE (Retention and Advanced Investment for the Southeast at Emory) Forum, which is also taking place virtually the same day. The RAISE Forum is an invitation-only event connecting startups and top-tier investors from across the Southeast with the goal of fostering collaboration within the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Nominate Top Investors in Four Siggie Awards Categories
Accredited and professional early-stage investors, as well as startup founders, are invited to nominate individual investors in the following award categories:
- Investor’s Choice — An early-stage investor who embodies the spirit and vision of Sig Mosley as nominated by their peers
- Founder’s Favorite — An early-stage investor who has a deep commitment to founders and has worked closely with them to help launch, fund, and scale their ventures
- Horizon Award — A rising early-stage investor who will help lead the way to build and support the Atlanta ecosystem in the years ahead
- Conscious Capital Award — An investor funding enterprises committed to social good
For a list of the 2020 Siggie Award winners, visit here.
“I continue to be honored and humbled by the naming of the Siggies,” said Mosley. “This year we made the difficult decision to again take the event virtual. Although we won’t be in person and the pandemic has certainly influenced all aspects of business, our investment community continues to thrive. It’s my hope the event will continue to recognize investors who have taken the time to help entrepreneurs get their startups to a fundable stage and who have also led the charge to secure for them the all-important seed round. I’m incredibly proud of what we in the investment and startup communities have collectively achieved.”
A portion of the sponsorship proceeds from this year’s ceremony will go to The Scholarship Academy (TSA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income students secure resources to pursue higher education opportunities without debt and create a healthier financial aid culture.
The Siggie Awards will be hosted by Emory’s Goizueta Business School for the next two years. The awards join an already impressive list of entrepreneurship initiatives at Goizueta, including an accelerator, a funding forum, an annual entrepreneurship summit, and more. Emory University is Mosley’s alma mater (BBA, ’68).
“Over the last few years, as part of Goizueta’s strategy, we have been consistently growing our entrepreneurship and investing initiatives into a complex portfolio to serve the venture aspirations of our community, from students to alumni,” said Professor Robert Kazanjian of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and Academic Director of The Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. “The Siggie Awards complements the building of a network of investors across the entire Southeast, which starts with programs like the RAISE Forum and fits the growing number of startups we’re helping to fund.”
Nomination information and details on available sponsorship opportunities can be found on the Siggie Awards website.
Tickets to attend the event are complimentary and can be reserved here.
About the Siggies
The Siggie Awards is 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. Siggie award recipients are selected by the Siggie committee from a pool of nominees. The committee will continue to work to ensure its nomination and selection process includes the diverse members of the ecosystem. For more information, visit our website at www.siggieawards.com.
About the Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI)
The CEI fosters entrepreneurship and innovation born of critical inquiry, developed to serve fundamental societal needs, executed according to sound business principles, and conceptualized in ways that open possibilities and spark imagination.