ATLANTA (November 1, 2023) – The TAG Bridge Builders Invest Connect Committee is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2023 TAG Invest Connect Pitch Competition. The startups selected to present at this inaugural event encompass a broad range of tech innovations.

The finalists are competing for $15,000 in cash prizes, including a $10,000 first prize and a $5,000 second prize on November 7th.. During the pitch competition, Donnie Beamer, Jr. CFA, Senior Technology Advisor, Mayor’s Office City of Atlanta will share how the Mayor’s Office is positively impacting the tech startup ecosystem.  

“Our goal is to help Black founders with the resources they need to succeed by creating connections with the opportunity to gain access to customer acquisition and the capital needed for business growth,” Larry K. Williams, President & CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

“Our pitch competition is unique because it is designed to have in attendance seed and series A investors who are interested in innovative Black tech businesses,” says Dr. Loretta Daniels, CDP, director of TAG Bridge Builders. As a result, the entrepreneurs’ prospects of connecting with investors are increased—both for the six finalists and for those in the audience.

The six 2023 TAG Invest Connect finalists:

DEI Directive: A comprehensive end-to-end Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Decision Intelligence Platform that helps organizations take the guesswork out of the DEI management process by giving them access to real-time and comprehensive data. 

EyeMail, Inc.:A patent-pending marketing technology that enables video (up to 60 seconds) to automatically play in email and mobile to increase engagement and deliver storytelling moments in the inbox. In a world dominated by digital communication, it’s essential to address and solve a pain point in the communication challenges businesses face in capturing attention and standing out in our overflowing inboxes to connect with target audiences on a deeper level. Our innovation is revolutionizing the email marketing industry with its groundbreaking video engagement technology solutions. 

Lavni, Inc.: A healthcare marketplace that provides a comfortable online environment where both the client and the clinician thrive. Clients can express themselves using an avatar while in session for additional comfort. Clinicians are empowered with an AI-enabled clinical notes system that enhances the efficiency and accuracy of their work. 

Mini City, Inc.: Streamlines the admin process to obtain legal forms of ID and life-critical benefits for homeless citizens, organizations, municipalities, and enterprise corporations that serve the indigent. Using an onsite SaaS housed in an accessible and mobile tablet, the homeless citizen can access services that enable cities, clinics, shelters, and homeless care providers in their efforts to assist, track, and innovate for those they serve more efficiently. 

Untapped Solutions: Serves untapped individuals, connects them with inclusive employers, and partners with social enterprises for economic and social empowerment.

WaterWatch Pro: A SaaS mobile app using digital National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data to track rainfall at GPS locations. This innovative water monitoring and management solution lets users improve efficiency, ensure regulatory compliance, and prepare for instead of reacting to anticipated rainfall events. 

TAG Invest Connect Committee 

Chair, Larry McHugh, Atlanta Technology Angels 

Co-Chair, Avoilan Bingham, General Manager, Drive Capital 

Marcelo Bernal, CFO, Briteris 

Dr. Loretta Daniels, CDP, Director, Technology Association of Georgia, Bridge Builders 

Ann McDonald, Director, Business Development, Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP 

Joe Radest, Managing Partner, Radest Ventures, Inc. 

Alan Taetle, General Partner, Noro-Moseley Partners

For more information, visit TAG Bridge Builders, TAG Invest Connect 

About the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG drives innovation among Georgia’s technology community, inspires tech leaders, and fosters inclusivity through four foundational pillars: connect, promote, influence and educate.

TAG serves more than 30,000 members statewide through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG hosts more than 100 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 20 professional societies.

TAG 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.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit www.tagedonline.org.

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