Savannah and the surrounding areas have so much to offer in terms of attractiveness to businesses. Talent, creativity, livability! The missing ingredient is accessible capital. SLAAM wants to change that for regional entrepreneurs.
SLAAM assists local entrepreneurs accelerate the development of their ideas and products. We do this by providing entrepreneurs located in Savannah and the surrounding areas with i) investment capital, and ii) mentorship and practical business advice.
For decades, the civic leadership of Savannah, through organizations such as Savannah Economic Development Authority (including the newly launched SEDA Innovations), Historical Savannah Foundation (HSF) and The Creative Coast, has been successful in creating one of the most diverse, picturesque, artistic and livable cities in the United States. Their hard work has provided a thriving environment and support structure that is conducive to businesses. These elements combined with the world-class, higher education institutions that make their home in and around Savannah, such as Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Savannah State and Savannah Tech, result in a young, creative and energetic talent pool like few others in the region if not the entire country. At SLAAM, we believe that Savannah is infused with a critical mass of energy and talent in the areas of media, technology, art and design. However, two important catalyst ingredients are in somewhat shorter supply 1) readily accessible investment capital, and 2) professionals who have been through the startup ringer time and time again who are willing to dedicate their time and share their experiences with young entrepreneurs.
Our mission is to identify and support local entrepreneurs who possess the creativity, drive, work ethic and commitment to greatness that makes them able to take an idea, develop it into a prototype and see it through to the product stage resulting in a viable and profitable business.