FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR TAG BUSINESS LAUNCH COMPETITION
21 companies move on to pitch for a live audience on March 17 semifinals presented by TAG, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Venture Atlanta
ATLANTA (March 4, 2015) –The Technology Association of Georgia, Venture Atlanta, and Metro Atlanta Chamber announced today the 21 companies that were selected as semifinalists for the 10th annual TAG Business Launch Competition 2015. The annual competition supports the creation and growth of new companies that to aid in strengthening and expanding Georgia’s strategic high-tech clusters. In the next three to five years, projections show technology companies will invest more than $1 billion in Georgia.
This year’s semifinalists represent startups in a variety of industries, from bioscience to electronic payments to travel:
The 21 companies selected to continue in the program will receive mentorship over the next weeks until the morning of March 17 when they AT&T Midtown. More than 100 applications were received for the competition which boasts a $50,000 cash prize, one on one mentoring support, and a suite of services package including legal, marketing, office space and more.
The semifinals will be open to the public and will feature an audience vote component. Eight companies will be selected from among the semifinalists to pitch head-to-head at the finals on May 11.
Registration to attend the TAG Business Launch semifinals is available online at http://bit.ly/1MOVb4U .
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 26,000 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 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
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.