ACEO is driven by our core mission: fostering the success of exceptional CEOs. We accomplish this mission through our three pillars.
ACEO was founded in 1999 by Palaniswamy “Raj” Rajan and Vinod Keni, two successful technology entrepreneurs who craved an opportunity to connect with other Atlanta technology leaders. Since its inception, the organization has been a meritocracy, meaning every executive who meets the membership criteria is invited to join.
In 2002, ACEO established the Atlanta CEO Council Venture Forum to connect entrepreneurs with the capital they needed. This innovative platform transformed the Southeast’s investment ecosystem by introducing the region’s highest-potential companies to top-tier investors from around the world. Now known as Venture Atlanta, the forum has led to $2 billion in funding raised, created $14 billion in successful exits, and gained national recognition as the Southeast’s premier investment platform.
Throughout its history, community service has been one of the core pillars of the Atlanta CEO Council. Partnering with organizations that nurture the next generation of CEOs allows Council members to give back to their community, strengthening the virtuous life cycle of entrepreneurship throughout Atlanta.