FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR BIZ LAUNCH COMPETITION
15 companies will move on to pitch for a live audience at May 3 finals presented by TAG, Venture Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Chamber
ATLANTA (March 29, 2016) –The Technology Association of Georgia, Venture Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Chamber announced today that 15 companies were selected as finalists for the 11th annual Biz Launch Competition 2016.
This year’s finalists represent startups from a variety of industries:
- Baasware Enterprises, Atlanta (West Midtown)
- DecisionIQ, Atlanta (Midtown, ATDC)
- Fittery, Atlanta (Midtown West)
- FIXD, Atlanta (Georgia Tech)
- FraudScope, Atlanta (Tech Square)
- Freeing Returns, Atlanta (Buckhead)
- Green Badger, Savannah
- Intelligent Pathway,Atlanta (North Metro)
- RaceIQ Engineering, Atlanta (Midtown)
- Sequr, Atlanta (Buckhead)
- Spün, Atlanta (Buckhead)
- TrendBrew, Alpharetta
- VeriSolutions, Atlanta (Midtown)
- Vestigo, Athens
- Vitamin C, Augusta
The companies were selected after pitching at the competition’s Meet and Greet pre-qualifier round on March 22nd in front of an esteemed panel of judges, including Evelyn Bolden, Joan Herbig, Bill Jones, Jeff McConnell, Blake Patton, Michael Price, and Martin Tilson.
“All of the finalists should feel very proud to have reached this point. With this year’s record number of applications, we studied each company’s written application and online presence. Also, being able to meet the entrepreneurs face-to-face at the Meet and Greet helps us judges get a fuller understanding of the people behind the start-ups and cross-check our initial evaluations,” said Bill Jones of TechOperators Venture Capital. “Everyone on the Task Force is both excited about the Atlanta start-up scene and this year’s finalists. Picking the finalists this year was once again really difficult.”
The 15 finalists will pitch at the Finale event for the chance at a prize pool of $50,000, a spot in Venture Atlanta, a custom promotional video produced by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and more than $350,000 in suite of services.
“We are pleased to partner again with TAG and Venture Atlanta to host the 11th Annual Biz Launch Competition,” said Jennifer Sherer, Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Supporting high-growth startups is a critical part of our strategy to strengthen the region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. We look forward to seeing the finalists present at the Finale.”
The Finale competition is open to the public and will begin at 4:00pm on May 3 at the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech. The audience will have the opportunity to impact the results of the competition by text voting their support. Registration is available online at https://www.123signup.com/event?id=phqrh.
Biz Launch is a statewide program that supports the creation and growth of new companies to aid in strengthening and expanding Georgia’s strategic high-tech clusters. In the next three to five years, projections show that technology companies will invest more than $1 billion in Georgia. Information about the finalists and the 11th Annual Business Launch Competition is available online at http://www.tagonline.org/events/businesslaunch/.
Biz Launch 2016 sponsors include: Venture Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber, UnoSquare, Noro-Moseley Partners, Southeast Investor Group and TechOperators. Additional sponsorships are available. Media partners include: Atlanta Tech Edge, Hub Georgia and Hypepotamus.
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org
About Venture Atlanta
Venture Atlanta, Georgia’s technology innovation resource, unites the state’s best technology innovators with the country’s top-tier investors. Presenting the state’s largest investor showcase, Venture Atlanta connects local entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual non-profit event is founded by three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org.
About the Metro Atlanta Chamber
Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber is about building our economy and creating prosperity to help metro Atlanta thrive. We focus on helping small businesses and mid-size companies grow, helping entrepreneurs get started, and recruiting companies nationally and internationally in our key industries: bioscience, clean technology, health IT, mobility, supply chain and advanced manufacturing, and technology. In public policy, we tackle critical issues to support infrastructure and quality of life. For members, we offer 200+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC's Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years. Visit our website at www.metroatlantachamber.com