NAV Overview

The NAV program, which just concluded its pilot year, is based on the belief that a venture is far more likely to thrive when an entrepreneur can draw on the advice and guidance of a group of mentors with proven skills and experience. The program is open to scalable ventures located in the North Atlanta region with a working concept and beyond from the following high growth target sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, I.T./Technology, Makers/Inventors, Corporate Operations, Culinary, and Film/Media. Through active support of entrepreneurs, NAV contributes to entrepreneurship education and catalzes innovation while working to make Cherokee County the #1 place in the state to start a business.

How it works

NAV is principled and trained off of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, a team-based approach to mentorship. The program consists of volunteer mentors, who are overseen and supported in their mentoring role by the NAV team and COED staff. Mentors are carefully selected based off of their experience in areas relevant to the needs of new entrepreneurs and for their enthusiasm for the program. NAV Mentors are placed on a team and matched to a venture based on the needs of the entrepreneur as well as the interest and skill set of available mentors.

NAV Team

Misti Martin

COED President & NAV Team Member

Heath Tippens

COED Vice President & NAV Team Member

Michael Caldwell

Black Airplane Co-Founder & NAV Lead Mentor

Jonathan Chambers

COED Community Manager of Entrepreneurship & NAV Team Member

Ellie Colt

COED Program and Events Manager & NAV Team Member

Russ Sanders

FactoryMation President & NAV Lead Mentor