Launch A Startup in Athens

Zero upfront costs.

Pay when you succeed.

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Build a company in Athens, GA

Athens is home to UGA and small business innovation. With the infrastructure of a city twice its size and the community, it is a breeding ground for successful companies to rise up. We want to be a catalyst for the nascent startup ecosystem there.

We have four flagship programs that pair you with world-class experts who have skin in the game. They don't get paid until your company succeeds.

Founders Republik

A digital city for entrepreneurs of all stages, from the idea-stage to the Series C round.

It is staffed with experts, known as "city officials", who are there to answer any question you may have.

Cost: FREE



A 12-week decentralized accelerator. It's remote and we accept founders on a rolling basis.

In Leap, you will gain unlimited, on-demand access to our Expert Operator Network with 25+ experts.

Cost: 1% of Company Equity


Exchange is designed to replace the friends and family or Angel funding rounds.

While we don't invest cash, we invest up to 3,000 hours (worth $150,000) of talent into your startup.

Cost: 3-8% of Company Equity



When you already have a customer base and product (or service) in the market, Talent is the best option.

Talent allows us to invest up to $75,000 worth of human capital in your company without any equity requirement.

Cost: 1-5% of Company Revenues

"I joined KnowCap because I wanted to use my expertise to help overlooked founders succeed."

KnowCap Team Member

"An investment from KnowCap took me from an idea to customers and receiving checks from investors."

KnowCap Exchange Founder

"The human capital investment model you're offering to founders is ground-breaking. There's nothing like it."

KnowCap Investor

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