History of AVAS Partners
AVAS Partners was founded in March of 2009 at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. A few months prior, the founding partners met during a project for an entrepreneur course. While we were working out the details of commercializing a new biotechnology, we realized the lack of quality knowledge support for new ventures, especially those who have not yet received venture capital funding.
AVAS Partners was thus founded to help high-tech entrepreneurs and start-ups access the level of knowledge and support available to much larger firms. Our original tag line was "Converting Geek into Business." Our first clients included a biotechnology company and a software company which provides support tools for natural science researchers.
Growth and the Atlanta Office
The firm was barely a year old when we realized the limitations of the Chicago market for four active partners. There are only so many avenues to reach potential clients, and too many partners in one area creates an undesirable effect. It was decided that AVAS Partners needed to expand geographically in order for us to continue growth.
In 2010, Anthony Green left Chicago to focus full-time on the company's first expansion market, Atlanta. About this same time, we shifted our target client profile from just high-growth technology companies in early stages of development to companies which use technology to deliver a high value proposition to their customers. This included the traditional science, engineering and technology companies. We have expanded to now include firms in the logistics, wholesale & distribution and retail industries.
Currently, we have partners in three major cities while actively developing the Chicago and Atlanta markets. We have worked with firms ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500, and industries as diverse as software companies to non-profits to logistics companies.
Throughout the growth and changes, we have always stayed true to our founding mission of delivering top quality support to firms who can not afford the best consulting firms.