Our Team

Ed Rieker - Primary Accelerator Instructor

Ed is a a life-long entrepreneur, investor, inventor and community builder.    His accomplishments include:  

  • Founder or co-founder of four healthcare software companies. Successful exits for three, two were acquired by public companies, one by investors and the fourth is still running
  • Two of the software companies were accepted into the Advanced Technology Development Center at Ga Tech (ATDC), one is an ATDC graduate.
  • Previously served as an ATDC Entrepreneur in Residence (4x) and an ATDC Executive in Residence (1x)
  • Venture Catalyst at ATDC between startups.
  • Purchased an online community in 2004, built the business up and sold it to a public company in 2011
  • Owned and operated a private coworking and technology incubator
  • Angel investor - various startups
  • Awarded patent #5,832,447 for an Automated System and Method for Providing Real-Time Verification of Health Insurance Eligibility (co-inventor) 
  • Owner and developer of Tudor Square, a community-oriented, quality, dinning, shopping and entertainment venue, supporting small independent business owners in downtown Avondale Estates, GA

His highlights of his extensive experience with evidence-based entrepreneurship include:  

  • Attended and completed the second cohort of the Lean Launchpad Educators Seminar in Berkeley taught by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel
  • Worked closely with Merrick Furst for three years at Georgia Tech on the Flashpoint accelerator program and Startup Engineering
  • One of the first certified instructors for the Startup Weekend Next program (Customer Discovery) 
  • Taught evidence-based entrepreneurship to MBA and BBA students at Emory University , Goizueta Business School

As a long-time member of the Atlanta startup community he has had the pleasure of serving the community in many different capacities. He regularly participates as a Mentor/coach/teacher in several programs offered by local incubators, accelerators and university business school programs. He is also an angel investor in local technology startups.