Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Apply for 2016 Biz Launch Competition and Compete for Cash and Services

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TAG, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Venture Atlanta are encouraging Georgia start-up companies to apply by March 18th for the 11th annual Biz Launch competition and vie for $50,000 cash and $400,000 in services.

Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Venture Atlanta announced today that they are accepting applications for their 11th annual business launch competition. The purpose of BizLaunch is to support the creation and growth of new companies and to strengthen and expand Georgia’s strategic high tech clusters by showcasing Georgia’s startup community and to help launch a local start up technology-based company. The BizLaunch prize package includes $50k cash, $400k in services, and the coveted first spot at Venture Atlanta. Past winners and participating companies include Pindrop Security, Monsieur, Techturized, Salesloft, and Rigor.

Last year over 100 start-ups submitted applications for the competition. Twenty-one companies were chosen to compete at the semi-final level, and the overall competition was won by Gimme Vending. Gimme received the grand prize of $50,000 cash, a package of services, and went on to present at Venture Atlanta.

“The Business Launch continues to be a great launch pad for startups and we are thrilled to support it,” said Allyson Eman, Executive Director of Venture Atlanta. “Business Launch clearly supports our mission of connecting entrepreneurs with sources of capital at all stages to propel them and help them grow.”

Applications from tech startups are now being accepted online at http://bit.ly/2016bizlaunch for the 11th annual competition. Eligible companies include software and hardware companies that are developing products, online services, or back-end technologies which extend the reach, flexibility, and ease of the internet.

“BizLaunch showcases the entrepreneurial talent that is driving our innovation economy,” said Jennifer Sherer, Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This is the perfect opportunity for early stage tech companies to pitch to top investors and get valuable feedback and exposure.”

Preliminary applications are due on March 18, 2015. All applicants will be invited to the Investor and Judge Meet and Greet Event on March 22nd.

For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/2016bizlaunch or to 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 30,000 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. For more information, visit http://www.TAGonline.org.

About Venture Atlanta
With the shared goal of bringing the premier venture capital event to the state of Georgia each year the Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Technology Association of Georgia joined forces in 2008 to create Venture Atlanta. Venture Atlanta evolved from the Atlanta CEO Council’s ION Venture Forum (previously called the Atlanta CEO Venture Forum). The annual nonprofit event is held every October as the forum for Georgia’s top technology innovators and top-tier investors.

Dating back to 2002, Venture Atlanta and its earlier iterations, have assisted companies in raising over $1.3 billion. Be sure to look at the Past Events section to see all the companies who have taken part in these venture conferences and find out where they are today. For More Information, visit http://ventureatlanta.org/.

About Metro Atlanta Chamber
From recruiting businesses to tackling policy issues, MAC’s efforts in metro Atlanta are designed to promote prosperity and growth for you and your business. In the last 10 years, our project managers recruited more than 500 companies creating 55,000 quality jobs. We hone in on recruiting corporate headquarters and global business – as well as companies in supply chain and advanced manufacturing, bioscience and health IT, technology and service sectors.

We also believe it is our duty to roll up our sleeves and solve challenges our community faces, so we often tackle critical issues such as transportation, water, public health and education. From the arts to sports, we understand that a healthy business community is derived from a well-balanced community. MAC cannot succeed without its valued members, and we work hard to help our members stay involved, connected and informed. That is why MAC offers more than 150 events and activities each year.

"It’s a pleasure doing business with you,” is not just professional etiquette for us. It’s a responsibility that we take seriously.

Learn more at http://www.metroatlantachamber.com/

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