ATLANTA, GA (January 14, 2019) – FinTech South, the Southeast’s largest event dedicated to financial innovation, is now accepting applications for the FinTech South Innovation Award. The annual program recognizes Georgia’s innovative, early-stage FinTech companies by showcasing them at the state’s premier FinTech startup competition. The winner will take home one of the nation’s biggest awards of its kind – $50,000 cash.

Part of the FinTech South conference, hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the FinTech South Innovation Challenge is open to early-stage companies based in Georgia or committed to locating their headquarters here. To qualify, eligible FinTech startups must first apply and be accepted into the four-week Innovation Challenge Education and Mentoring program.

Eight to ten startups will be selected to participate in the program, which offers relevant educational sessions, mentoring from industry veterans, as well as access to a network of industry leaders based in Georgia. The program concludes with a “pitch night,” where a panel of judges will select three finalists to present and compete for the $50,000 FinTech South Innovation Award, presented at FinTech South on April 23, 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“This unique program and substantial cash award honors the exciting and transformational innovation happening right here in Georgia’s FinTech sector,” said Larry K. Willams, President and CEO of TAG. “Leading start-ups are offered an incredible opportunity to be mentored by the industry’s top veterans and to gain visibility on a global stage at one of the most important FinTech sector gatherings of the year.”

The deadline for applications is February 14, 2019. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit

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, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace to fuel the innovation economy.

The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.  TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 27 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit

About TAG FinTech

TAG FinTech was founded in 2010 to address the specific needs of companies, individuals and investors serving the financial industry both domestically and abroad. Financial technology or FinTech encompasses products, solutions, services and information providers, which drive decisions, process payments and facilitate transactions for financial institutions. TAG FinTech’s mission is to build recognition of Georgia as the hub of choice for the world’s leading financial technology providers with the goal of accelerating the accumulation of capital by its members. For more information about TAG FinTech, visit

Georgia FinTech Website

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has launched a new interactive website highlighting Georgia’s thriving FinTech ecosystem. The website spotlights one of Georgia’s hottest tech sectors, providing a detailed look at the more than 120 public and private organizations that comprise the Georgia FinTech community, along with detailed data on the size and scope of the economic infrastructure that makes the state’s FinTech ecosystem a global leader.


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