Want to pitch at Venture Atlanta? We are now accepting company applications!

APPLICATIONS ARENOW OPEN

APPLY TO PRESENT AT

VENTUREATLANTA

CONFERENCE 2019

Venture Atlanta brings together top investors, funds, and leaders around the nation to hear your company’s story.
You will receive one-on-one coaching before stepping foot on stage, and we’ll be your advocates year round.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 2ND

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WHO SHOULD APPLY?

We are seeking companies in all stages of growth (ranging from very early to growth stage) to present on the VA stage or in our Showcase. We will have over 300 investors in attendance, and they are looking to hear from the most innovative companies across the Southeast.

PRESENTINGCOMPANIES

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These companies will have five minutes to pitch on the Venture Atlanta main stage. This is an opportunity for early to growth stage companies to raise money or scale. Here are the benefits of being a Venture Atlanta Presenting Company:

SHOWCASECOMPANIES

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The Venture Atlanta Showcase was added in 2017 to give early-stage or pre–revenue companies the opportunity to get on the radar of investors. Here are the benefits of being a Venture Atlanta Showcase Company:

Both are incredible opportunities, and there’s no cost associated with applying for or being selected as a Presenting Company or a Showcase Company.

JOIN OUR ELITE GROUP OF ALUMNI

We are now accepting applications for companies looking to present

at our annual conference that is taking place October 16-17, 2019.

This is a chance to represent your city and put your company in front of

top investors, execs, and technology experts. 

DON'T MISS THESEEXCLUSIVE VA OPPORTUNITIES

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COMPANY APPLICATION TIPS

Learn what we’re looking for, how to tell your best story, and what you can expect from the application process.

 

 

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PITCH OFF

Our Pitch Off on August 14th is a way for hundreds of applicants to be narrowed down to 30. If you are selected for the Pitch Off, you will have a 50/50 chance of being chosen to present on the VA stage.

2019-08-14 08:00:00 2019-08-14 22:00:00 America/New_York Venture Atlanta Pitch Off Our pitch off on August 14th is a way for hundreds of applicants to be narrowed down to 30. If you are selected for the pitch off, you will have a 50/50 chance of being chosen to present on the VA stage. Southern Exchange Ballrooms at 200 Peachtree Venture Atlanta
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DATES TO REMEMBER

MAY 15TH - APPLICATIONS OPEN

AUGUST 2ND - APPLICATIONS CLOSE

AUGUST 14TH - PITCH OFF (MUST BE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE)

AUGUST 21ST - COMPANIES NOTIFIED PRIVATELY IF SELECTED 

SEPTEMBER 16TH - PRESENTING COMPANIES ARE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED 

COACHING PROCESS

We make sure you’re ready for the big event

Pitching in front of hundreds of people can be overwhelming, we get it. That’s why we pair you with the very best in the industry so you are confident to deliver a winning pitch. Here’s how it works:

      • If selected, you’ll be matched with dedicated coaches who will work with you throughout the entire process.
      • You’ll get 3 rounds of coaching and training on how to develop a memorable pitch.
      • Give your best presentation on the VA stage.

Pro Tip: Often these coaches are also investors - so you’ll have one-on-one time with people who could invest in your business, even before the event happens.

REVIEW PROCESS

There’s nothing to lose

Curious to know how the top 30 are picked? We have a multi-step review process with some of the industry’s top leaders, investors, and innovators. That means your application will be seen by potential investors regardless of whether or not you're selected. So why not apply? Here’s our process:

      • Every application is reviewed first by our screening committee.
      • The narrowed applications are then graded by our experienced investor and voting committee.
      • All comments are reviewed and final decisions are made.

If you’re ready to apply, use this Executive Summary Template to start filling out your business plan. We can’t wait to see your application come through.

STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION

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What is the conference format?

The 2019 Venture Atlanta conference will be two full days of company pitches, keynote speakers, panel sessions, and great networking. Please see above for details on company participation.

How long are applications open, and what’s the process to apply?

Applications are open May 15th - August 2nd. The deadline will not be extended for any reason. To apply, simply fill out the application on our website, and submit a one-page executive summary (which you can download above). There’s no cost associated with applying for or being selected as a Presenting Company or a Showcase Company.

What types of technology-enabled businesses is Venture Atlanta looking for?

We have a broad range of technology that we accept and have featured companies from wearables to electric cars. We also feature the following:

  • Communication Technology
  • Consumer
  • Financial Services Technology
  • Health IT
  • Information Security
  • Mobility
  • Data and Information Management and Analytics
  • Logistics

What types of companies should NOT apply?

Bio, Pharma and Life Sciences

How many companies will be chosen?

We will select 30 – 35 companies to participate as a Presenting Company on stage and an additional 30 – 35 companies to participate in the Venture Atlanta Showcase.

What is the basic criteria for applying?

Companies must be tech-enabled and looking to raise capital within the next 12 - 18 months. This means if you are raising money now, or plan to in the next year, you should apply! Companies in all stages of growth will be considered to present. 

What does it cost to present at Venture Atlanta?

NOTHING! It’s a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to get on stage and receive excellent exposure for their business. You have nothing to lose! And, it’s free to apply.

Do companies receive coaching to help prepare for the event?

YES! Venture Atlanta is known for its quality coaching. We provide three rounds of coaching in various formats to best fit your needs. You’ll receive exposure to top CEOs who have raised money and been in your shoes as well as investors to give invaluable feedback and help with your pitch. All selected companies MUST go through at least one round of coaching. Those who think they don’t need any coaching need not apply.