2018 Venture Atlanta Conference: October 16 – 17, Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree




Applications Open in May

2018-10-16 12:00:00 2018-10-17 18:00:00 America/New_York Venture Atlanta Conference College Football Hall of Fame" Venture Atlanta

Are you ready to elevate your business? Venture Atlanta brings together top investors, funds and leaders around the nation to hear your company’s story. And - we go beyond the pitch. You will receive one-on-one coaching before stepping foot on stage. We’ll be your advocates year round, but first, you need to apply.



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.



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 your 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.


What is the Conference Format?

The 2017 Venture Atlanta conference is two full days of company pitches, keynote speakers, panel sessions and great networking.  Companies selected are given six minutes to pitch on stage to a room of potential investors actively looking for deals. In addition, each company will be given two complimentary tickets to the event, an invitation to our Investor Dinner the evening of October 11 on the rooftop of Ponce City Market and an invitation to a private breakfast on October 12. Finally, Venture Atlanta has created a forum for deals to happen! We help facilitate 1:1 meetings through our mobile app. At last year’s event, over 350 meetings took place between investors and presenting companies.

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

Applications are open from May 15 - August 4. The deadline will not be extended for any reason. To apply you will simply fill out the application on our website and submit a one page executive summary which you can download under the ‘Review Process’ tab above.

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 choose at least 35 companies, from early to growth stage, to present at Venture Atlanta 2017.  The typical spread of presenting companies will be half early stage and half growth stage. 

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.