TAG, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Venture Atlanta Ready to Accept Applications for the 10th Annual Business Launch


ATLANTA, GA (December 22, 2014) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), with Metro Atlanta Chamber and Venture Atlanta, announced today that applications are now being accepting for the 10th Annual TAG Business Launch Competition. The annual competition aims to support the creation and growth of new companies that will strengthen and expand Georgia’s strategic high-tech clusters. The contest winner and finalists will receive over $400,000 in cash and services. Additionally, the winner of TAG Business Launch will receive a coveted spot on stage at the 2015 Venture Atlanta conference.

“Each year, the Business Launch Competition showcases some of Georgia’s best and brightest technology startups,” said Tino Mantella, TAG President and CEO. “I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply. We are proud that over the past 10 years more than $5 million in cash and suite of services has been awarded to startups.”

Last year, over 100 companies applied to compete in this prestigious competition and 18 were showcased on stage at program events.

“We are pleased to partner again with TAG and Venture Atlanta to host the 10th Annual TAG Business Launch Competition,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, Senior Vice President of Policy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Supporting startups and the talent coming out of our universities is a critical part of our strategy to grow the region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. We look forward to another great year of outstanding applicants.”

This program is designed to showcase Georgia’s startup community and to help launch a local startup technology-based company.

“Venture Atlanta is pleased to partner with TAG and the Metro Atlanta Chamber on the Business Launch Competition again this year,” said Allyson Eman, Executive Director of Venture Atlanta. “All startups who are looking to grow their business, access capital and learn from experts are highly encouraged to apply! And the winner of this competition secures a spot at Venture Atlanta 2015 on October 20 and 21st.”

Applications are now being accepted online at http://www.tagonline.org/events/businesslaunch for the 10th annual competition. Companies in the information technology business are invited to apply. This includes software and hardware companies that are developing products, online services, or backend technologies, which extend the reach, flexibility and ease of the internet. In 2014, Monsieur, an artificially intelligent robotic bartender that supplies businesses with real time analytics and cost management, took home the top prize.

Preliminary applications are due on February 13, 2015. All applicants will be invited to the Investor and Judge Meet and Greet Event on February 17th.

For more information, visit www.tagonline.org, or contact Amanda Hendley or Lowell Pratt at 404.817.3333.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 25,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes 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’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.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.



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