Why be a NAV Venture?

NAV is the first program of its kind in Georgia with the mission to make Cherokee County the #1 place in the state to start and grow a business. This program gives preference 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.

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The journey to becoming a successful venture is often rocky, and never linear – this program provides a team of mentors to alleviate the confusion and guide the entrepreneur to success through team mentoring sessions and office hours with Mentor Specialists.

NAV is a service provided by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, through it’s Fresh Start Cherokee initiative, that is principled and based off of MIT VMS. This personalized program provides entrepreneurs with a mentoring team that will assist ventures in various stages.
Through hands-on mentoring, entrepreneurs will learn how to perfect their products and services, identify markets, build business organizations, seek funding, and grow as strong entrepreneurial leaders. The team mentoring approach provides a unique coaching experience to help ventures make informed decisions while being able to consider multiple perspectives from successful businessmen and women with different backgrounds. The success of this program is not only measured by starting and growing a profitable company but in providing a valuable learning process for entrepreneurs to gain the skills they need to be successful in the long run.

What are the minimum requirements to become a NAV Venture?

  1. The company must have a legal business entity.
  2. Founder(s) representing >51% of the ownership work on their venture full time.
  3. Founder(s) representing >51% of the ownership commit to being involved in and adhering to program guidelines, and to meeting with mentors.

Who can apply to be a NAV Venture?

  1. Scalable ventures located in the North Atlanta region who are looking for targeted business guidance through team-based mentorship.
  2. Entrepreneurs and growing companies seeking to navigate new challenges, perfect products and services, identify markets, build business organizations, seek funding, and grow as strong business leaders. 
  3. Ventures who have a working concept, and at least a working prototype, business plan, and are revenue producing. 
  4. Preference is given to ventures in the following high-growth areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT/Technology, Makers/Inventors, Corporate Operations, Culinary, and Film/Media.

How do I become a NAV Venture?

Please follow the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a venture application which will be reviewed by the NAV Team. If your venture meets the program criteria, a NAV team member will be in touch to schedule an interview to learn more about you and your venture.


Typical Venture onboarding from application to the first mentoring session takes approximatley 10-12 weeks.

I’m a NAV Venture. Now What?

The NAV Program is unique in its structure in that it empowers ventures to request and run their own meetings. The real value of the program is the mentoring sessions with a team of diverse mentors. The venture sets the pace for how often they meet with a maximum of 2 meetings per month and a minimum of one per quarter. NAV ventures also have the ability to request a specialist to join their team sessions or request office hours with a specialist. The NAV team coordinates all these meetings for the ventures. 

Our mentors and entrepreneurs adhere to a strict code of ethics and guiding principles in order to protect participants on both sides of the table. These guidelines assure that all ventures will receive impartial and unbiased advice from their team of mentors.

NAV Mentorship Services

Unique opportunities to network with other NAV Ventures 

One-on-one Office Hours with Mentor Specialist (legal, product development, marketing, etc.)

Regular Team Mentoring 

Monthly opportunities to crowdsource solutions with the whole group of 26 mentors

Access to a Basecamp Team for regular communication with the mentor team.



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