In 2017, Cultured South received a $50,000 loan from AEMI to go towards their local fermentation company. Handcrafting local, organic ingredients, Cultured South creates tea that promotes strong health, less stress, and more energy. With AEMI’s investment, the company was able to move to Atlanta and relocate on the BeltLine in a raw, industrial space visible to the public. Cultured South has national distribution capabilities and can be found in several store fronts, such as Kroger and Whole Foods, health food stores, coffee shops, yoga studios, and gyms. For more information, visit


program: Atlanta Catalyst Fund