ATLANTA (Oct. 23, 2020) — Ben Dyer, who has served two-and-a-half years as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the law firm of Morris, Manning & Martin, has been named Executive-in-Residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).
Dyer’s new post at the ATDC, the state of Georgia’s technology incubator, is effective at the end of October.
“We are extremely pleased to have Ben on our team,” said ATDC Director John Avery. “Over the years, he has been an invaluable asset to ATDC and our technology community at large. We’re glad to welcome him back more directly at ATDC in this new role.”
Dyer, a serial technology entrepreneur, was chair of the Committee of Twenty the year the ATDC was founded four decades ago. In 1980 an enthusiastic group of young alumni leaders inspired by President Joseph Mayo Pettit created the nation’s first university affiliated technology incubator.
As an executive-in-residence, Dyer’s key roles will be to serve as an experienced mentor to CEOs, assist them in capital raising and with introductions to investors, and will assist with their strategies, pitches, customer acquisition and all other aspects of the startup journey.
“My goal is to share whatever wisdom I can with startups at the ATDC and to participate actively in the programming as appropriate,” Dyer said. “I greatly enjoyed my time at MMM but am very much looking forward to returning to my calling of being hands-on in creating and scaling startups.”
While at Morris, Manning & Martin, Dyer co-founded MMM’s monthly Investor Roundtable. John Yates, who heads the firm’s Corporate Technology Group, will now lead the investor gatherings. Dyer will remain on the firm’s Technology Advisory Committee.
“We’re excited for Ben as he returns to the incubator he helped co-found almost 40 years ago,” Yates said. “We will remain very close to Ben and will strengthen our ties to him and to the ATDC, of which we’ve been big supporters for many years.”
About the Advanced Technology Development Center
The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the state of Georgia’s technology startup incubator. Founded in 1980 by the Georgia General Assembly which funds it each year, ATDC’s mission is to work with entrepreneurs in Georgia to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed in the creation of viable, disruptive technology companies. Since its founding, ATDC has grown to become the longest running and one of the most successful university-affiliated incubators in the United States, with its graduate startup companies raising $3 billion in investment financing and generating more than $12 billion in revenue in the state of Georgia. To learn more, visit atdc.org.
About Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
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