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Mar 29, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
Georgia’s growing technology startup scene has been the focus of recent attention among state leaders and nationally recognized columnists for its potential to drive economic growth and job creation. On April 22, the region’s foremost startup accelerator will place its own focus on five of the most promising local startup companies as Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) recognizes its graduates at the 2013 Startup Showcase.
The annual event brings together the elite of the Atlanta startup community—hundreds of entrepreneurs, technology leaders, university representatives and investors—to spotlight some of Georgia’s brightest startups and emerging technologies. Speakers at this year’s event include:
- Bill Nussey, president and CEO of email marketing leader Silverpop
- Steve Cross, Georgia Tech’s executive vice president for research
- Hans Gant, senior vice president of economic development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber
- Blake Patton, entrepreneur and interim general manager of the ATDC
“Someone asks me every day what the most innovative ATDC companies are doing. The Showcase is open to everyone, so it's your chance to see for yourself,” said Patton. “These five graduates have achieved what all of our startups are striving for by taking innovative ideas and turning them into great businesses. They serve as examples of the value that entrepreneurs bring to this region.”
ATDC member companies create an estimated 250 to 500 new jobs and generate about $84 million in revenue in an average year. Recently named one of the “10 technology incubators that are changing the world” by Forbes Magazine, ATDC has supported the creation of hundreds of technology companies that have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing, including nationally known ones such as ScoutMob, BLiNQ Media, CodeGuard and SoloHealth.
In addition to the graduates, dozens of ATDC’s most promising companies—representing industries as varied as information security, financial technology, healthcare IT, mobile technology, clean tech/energy, and medical devices—will exhibit their innovative technologies during the event, including the innovative SwimBrowser and a solar-powered car.
The 2013 ATDC graduates include:
- AccelerEyes makes code run 10 to 100 times faster by enabling it to run on graphics processing units. It serves thousands of customers in more than 40 countries across a variety of industries.
- BrightWhistle is a first-in-class digital patient acquisition solution designed for health care providers. Its technology helps providers quickly find high value patients through search and social media.
- KontrolFreek is a leading designer of ergonomic, game-enhancing products to improve comfort and performance when playing video games.
- Patientco helps patients pay, track, understand and manage their healthcare costs. The company helps patients reign in healthcare costs and providers receive payments more quickly.
- Urjanet offers tools for tracking and reporting energy use for large-scale consumers.
To help meet the growing demand for support to Georgia technology entrepreneurs and startup companies, Georgia Tech recently announced that it is strengthening and realigning resources in the ATDC. The changes will include expanding ATDC’s staff of technology catalysts and entrepreneurs-in-residence, adding new facilities to support specialized startups and increasing the amount of office and incubator space at its headquarters in Atlanta’s Technology Square.
The Startup Showcase will be held at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Event tickets can be purchased online for $15. Early registration is available before April 6 for a $5 discount. Walk-ins are also welcomed, and tickets will be $20 at the door. To register, visit www.atdcstartupshowcase.com.
About ATDC: The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) serves as the hub for technology entrepreneurship in Georgia. Founded in 1980, ATDC helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful technology companies by providing coaching, connections, and community. Through business incubation and acceleration services, ATDC has supported the creation of hundreds of technology companies that have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing. ATDC members benefit from a close proximity to Georgia Tech and connections with other Georgia research universities. ATDC was named one of the “10 technology incubators that are changing the world” by Forbes Magazine in 2010.