TAG FinTech Now Accepting Applications for Third Annual Innovation Award and $50,000 Grant




ATLANTA, GA– October 5, 2016— TAG FinTech, the financial industry special interest group of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced that applications are now being accepted for its third annual TAG FinTech Innovation Award, including a cash grant of $50,000 available to the winner.

Accepted applicants will participate in the Innovation Award Education and Mentoring program, which will take place on Thursday nights in January 2017 in Buckhead at the offices of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP located in the Atlanta Financial Center. The program will conclude with a “pitch night,” which will be held on January 26th.  A panel of judges, made up of award sponsors, will select finalists to present their innovation at the TAG FinTech GA 2017 symposium on February 9, 2017. This event attracts hundreds of FinTech industry leaders from Georgia and across the country.  A winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

“TAG continues to recognize Georgia’s strong FinTech industry and its continued growth,” said TAG President/CEO Tino Mantella. “We are pleased to help further its success with this grant.”

To qualify, participating startups must successfully meet all grant requirements. Companies can apply at https://tagonline.wufoo.com/forms/znv550f0pq4p0k/ until December 9, 2016.

“This is our third year providing this award and I am continually impressed with the quality of entrepreneurs and business plans in our ecosystem”,” said Sean Banks, TAG FinTech chairman and partner at TTV Capital.

Once again, the award winner will also be accepted, free of charge, into the ATDC Accelerate program at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech.

“We’re honored to partner with TAG in the FinTech Innovation Award for the second consecutive year as we support the next generation of entrepreneurs and startups. FinTech continues to be a critical component of Georgia’s technology sector,” said Michelangelo Ho, the FinTech catalyst at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the statewide technology incubator. “It’s also a growing sector that’s creating a need for high-skilled talent in Georgia to fill these jobs. It’s what led to some of our key initiatives that we have, such as the partnership we have with Worldpay to which led to the creation of the ATDC FinTech Accelerator.”

According to TAG research, Georgia FinTech company revenues are more than $34 billion annually, which places the state third in the nation, behind New York and California.

About TAG FinTech

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.

We continue to foster a business environment conducive to the ongoing success of the community’s companies, employees, service providers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs and investors, helping them create, build, and maintain innovative financial services that meet their customers’ growing needs.

TAG FinTech empowers a collaborative culture that attracts and retains innovation, jobs, partnerships, and capital, and where successful entrepreneurs can reinvest in the local ecosystem to help sustain the space. For more information, please visit www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/fintech/.


About the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC)

The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is one of the longest-running and largest startup incubators in the country. ATDC, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year, has graduated nearly 170 companies from its Signature program. Powered by Georgia Tech, ATDC is a unit of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Tech’s chief economic development arm for the state of Georgia. For additional information, visit www.atdc.org.


About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 34,000 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.

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 34 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at http://www.tagonline.org/.



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