Take the Venture Atlanta Stage

Pitch applications are now closed for VA 2022. Selected companies will be announced 9/20.
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Prepare to pitch with dates for meet-and-greets, deadlines, announcements, and more.


Company Apps Open


Meet & Greet #1: Hosted by Grant Thornton

Last year, a record-breaking 400 companies applied to pitch at Venture Atlanta, and less than 25% were selected. If you’re considering applying to pitch at VA 2022, here is your BEST chance to get your questions answered and learn how to make your application stand out! This first free session is virtual from 10-11am and will cover the following:

• What we’re looking for in prospective pitch companies
• How to tell your best story and make your application stand out
• What you can expect from the application and selection process


Meet & Greet #2: Hosted by Grant Thornton

This second free session is in person at Grant Thornton’s office and will cover the following:

• What we’re looking for in prospective pitch companies
• How to tell your best story and make your application stand out
• What you can expect from the application and selection process


Company Apps Close


Companies Notified if in TechOperators Pitch Off

The TechOperators Pitch Off is a way for the Venture Atlanta screening committee to narrow down the list of company pitch applicants. On August 18th, companies will be notified if they have made the TechOperators pitch off. The pitch off will take place on August 30th.


TechOperators Pitch Off


Companies Notified Privately If Selected


Companies Announced Publicly

10.19.22 & 10.20.22

Venture Atlanta 2022

Who Should Apply?

We’re looking for innovative, diverse, passionate companies that are:

• Tech-enabled
• Located in the Southeast (as far west as Texas and as far north as D.C.)
• Looking to raise within the next 18 months
• In any startup stage from seed to growth

Benefits for Early-Stage & Growth-Stage Venture Companies

These companies pitch live on the Venture Atlanta stage and enjoy:
• Exposure to 350+ investors from 200+ funds nationwide
• Coaching and mentoring prior to the pitch
• Two complimentary tickets to the event
• Founder admittance to the exclusive VA Investor Dinner
• Free press kit
• Ongoing social media coverage
• On-demand pitches for a full year following the event
• Year-round networking opportunities and invitations to exclusive alumni events
• Help and connections from our sponsors and committee members
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Benefits for Seed-Stage Showcase Companies

Early-stage or pre-revenue companies have the opportunity to mingle with investors, along with:
• One complimentary ticket to the event
• Founder admittance to the exclusive VA Investor Dinner
• Mentor Day to facilitate coaching
• Dedicated 90-minute session on the agenda for investors and showcase companies to connect
• 50+ angel investors
• Free press kit
• Ongoing social media coverage
• Post-conference event where several showcase companies will be selected to pitch in-person to angel investors
• And more!
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What is the conference format?
This year, the conference is fully in person and will take place at The Woodruff Arts Center (the third-largest arts center in the nation!). Don’t miss this opportunity to stand on the prestigious Atlanta Symphony Hall stage and pitch your business to hundreds of investors and corporate leaders at our biggest and best Venture Atlanta yet. Please note: We will not accept any pre-recorded pitches this year.
How long are applications open, and what’s the process to apply?
Applications are open June 1 - August 12. The deadline will not be extended for any reason. If you have any specific questions while going through the application process, please contact us. 
What type of business is Venture Atlanta looking for?
Pitch companies must be looking to raise within the next 18 months and must be located in the Southeastern U.S. (as far west as Texas and as far north as D.C.) We are looking for all levels of startup stages (from pre-revenue seed stage all the way through growth stage). We have a broad range of technology that we accept and have featured all kinds of companies from wearables to electric cars. The majority of our pitch companies fall into the following categories:
B2B Marketplace
B2C Marketplace
Blockchain / Crypto
Climate Tech
Digital Health
Digital Media
Enterprise / B2B Software
Environmental, Social, & Governance
Real Estate & Property tech
Supply Chain & Logistics
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!
Do companies receive coaching to help prepare for the event?
YES! Venture Atlanta is known for its quality coaching. We provide two 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.
What kind of networking opportunities are available?
We will have 1:1 meetings that companies can set up through our app, there will be designated meeting areas set up at the venue, AND all companies will be invited to attend our Investor Dinner. This is BAR NONE the best networking of the conference. Fostering networking is one of our top goals!
Can my pitch be viewed after the event for the conference attendees who may have missed it?
YES! We understand that it’s not practical for every investor to watch every pitch live. For that reason, we record all of the pitches and house them on our on-demand platform for a full year after the event. And you will be able to make updates to your company information at any time after the fact.

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VA 2022 Applications Closed

Pitch applications for this year's conference are closed. Join us to see the selected companies pitch and network with the industry's top investors!