FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR TAG BUSINESS LAUNCH COMPETITION
8 companies move on to pitch for a live audience on May 11 finals presented by TAG, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Venture Atlanta
ATLANTA (March 18, 2015) – The Technology Association of Georgia, Venture Atlanta, and Metro Atlanta Chamber announced today the 8 companies that were selected as finalists for the 10th annual TAG Business Launch Competition 2015.
This year’s finalists represent startups in a variety of industries, from agriculture to aerospace:
- Gimme Vending (@GimmeVend)
- Hux (@HUXatl)
- Local Roots (@localrootsinc)
- Synapse Software Systems (@gosynapse)
- TekWear (@TekWear)
- Terminus (@Terminus)
- Uniquely Virtual (@UniquelyVirtual)
- ZeeZor (@zeezor)
The companies were selected after they pitched in the competition’s semifinal round on March 17th in front of an esteemed panel of judges, including Evelyn Bolden, Joan Herbig, Melanie Leeth, Jeff McConnell, Blake Patton, Michael Price, and Martin Tilson.
The eight finalists will pitch in a bracket competition for the chance to win $50,000, a spot in Venture Atlanta and more than $350,000 in suite of services.
The final competition is open to the public and will begin at 5:00pm on May 11 at SCADShow, formerly the 14th Street Playhouse. 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=drrst.
This statewide program 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 technology companies will invest more than $1 billion in Georgia. Information about our finalists and the 10th Annual Business Launch Competition is available online at http://www.tagonline.org/events/businesslaunch/.
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.