Rachel Ford began her journey into Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem while an undergrad at Georgia Tech, co-founding a connected car startup, FIXD Automotive, in parallel with her biomedical engineering studies. Prior, she cut her teeth in product development working within DowDuPont's R&D arm launching a commercialized non-woven product line. While at Georgia Tech, Rachel was an instructor within Georgia Tech’s Venture Lab, teaching both evidence-based entrepreneurship and design thinking. Named one of Atlanta’s “30 Under 30” in 2015, Rachel has since become the Director of Techstars Atlanta, held in partnership with Cox Enterprises, establishing the first global startup accelerator in the southeastern United States.