30 startups pitching their companies and ideas to venture capitalists from not only the region, but VCs that have flown in from all over the country.
Sounds like "Shark Tank" on steroids. And it really is.
Venture Atlanta's Conference 2013 is an event that connects technology innovation and investment capital - it's a two-day showcase held October 22-23 at the Georgia Aquarium, in the heart of Atlanta. Investors are really the heart of a tech startup and having the chance to make a presentation at a gathering like Venture Atlanta could make or break a growing company. Since 2002, Venture Atlanta, and it's early forms have made those connections and introductions between entrepreneurs and investors. Over $1 billion has been raised to-date.
Presenters this year were really on point.
Presenters at this year's event represented varied technologies with many of the selected companies coming from Georgia's top-performing business sectors, including information security, financial technology, communication services, health IT, logistics and mobility- with a big emphasis on mobility.
"When top investors have the opportunity to interact with the most innovative and interesting companies, tremendous things happen and that is definitely what attendees can expect from Venture Atlanta," said Bill Nussey, president and CEO of Silverpop and a Venture Atlanta board member. "Atlanta is home to a vibrant start-up community, and this year's conference presents the opportunity to see the very best companies' vision, energy and plans in action. Listening to these companies will tell you where the region and the world are going in terms of tech trends."
Networking is another great byproduct of the how and everyone gets in on the act. A great fireside chat Dick Kramlich, co-founder and chairman of New Enterprise Associates; and John Balen, general partner at Canaan Partners kicked off the festivities and set the tone for the two days in Atlanta.
Even the VCs, a group of people that aren't easily impressed, loved what this show had to offer.
"This continues to be the best community event showcasing Atlanta companies," says Glenn McGonnigle, general partner at TechOperators in Atlanta. "I was chairing this event a few years ago. This year we have scale. We have companies at early stage, those that have proven their business model, and those generating revenue."
"Venture Atlanta does a fantastic job helping companies connect with the right investors while gaining broader community exposure," said David Moeller, CEO and co-founder of CodeGuard, 2011 Venture Atlanta Early-Stage Audience Choice Award winner." Unlike other conferences, Venture Atlanta curates the presenting companies and painstakingly assists them in crafting their presentations, enabling remarkable investment opportunities in the Southeast to be showcased in the best possible light. Venture Atlanta is uniquely aligned with the interests of the presenters and attendees."
The Atlanta startup community has come of age, and Venture Atlanta is one of the shining events that everyone connected with startups looks forward to all year.