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Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center to Host Pilot Technology Virtual Matchmaking Event

The Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Advanced Manufacturing Center will host the first NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day virtually on May 19, 2020.

NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day to connect Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) through a virtual experience.

The Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Advanced Manufacturing Center will host the first NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day virtually on May 19, 2020.

NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day will match MBEs to decision makers during a series of planned virtual meetings and presentations over the next six months. The first NEXTTECH presentation on May 19 will focus on energy storage and feature challenges from the U.S. Department of Energy. Other challenges from corporations include manufacturing innovations, virtual reality training, and mobility networks. (Click here to register.)

With funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency, the goal behind the pilot NEXTECH initiative is to help corporations and government agencies solve challenges and reach their objectives with innovative solutions provided by MBEs.

The event’s focus is on finding solutions specifically related to challenges companies and government agencies face in their research and development efforts. Participating companies and agencies, as well as MBEs, will be carefully screened to maximize opportunities for collaboration.

To qualify, MBEs must own a product or market-ready service and have the capacity to address the needs of participating corporations and federal agencies.

Slots are still available and companies and agencies interested in applying to participate in the NEXTTECH Pitch Day matchmaking virtual series may contact Brandy Nagel at brandy.nagel@innovate.gatech.edu and visit www.nexttechpitch.com/ for more information.

“This effort is designed to make direct connections between the MBEs that own a product or market-ready innovation that will address the challenges and needs of our participating corporations and government agencies face,” said Donna Ennis, C.P.F., director of the Atlanta MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Center.

“We know that companies and government agencies at the federal and state levels are always looking for opportunities to incorporate new technologies into their organizations and for diverse pipelines of innovation. This pilot is a critical way of bringing carefully curated MBEs and companies and agencies together to spark these connections.”

 

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ACCESS 2020

ACCESS 2020 is an entrepreneurship program launched by TiE Atlanta Angels to close the mentoring and funding gap between women- and minority-owned businesses.

While women – and minority-owned companies are trailblazing the entrepreneurship scene, access to capital, mentoring, and the right network remain as barriers. ACCESS aims to set the stage for business owners to present their product or service to established angel investors from TiE Atlanta.

This forum will be closed for submissions on May 15, 2020 with qualified participants announced by June 5, 2020.

To qualify, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Early stage, Seed, Seed+
  • At least one female or minority founder/cofounder (Asian American, African American, Hispanic, Latinx)
  • Post Revenue
  • Must be able to provide proformas, financials, and investment goals upon request
  • Business plan summary
  • Location preferred: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Investments

FIRST PLACE – $50,000 & opportunity to present at TiECON Atlanta 2020
SECOND PLACE – $30,000
THIRD PLACE – $20,000

All placed companies will receive: Three months of mentorship with TiE Atlanta Charter Mentors; Two tickets to TiECON 2020 on September 25, 2020; One year of TiE Atlanta membership for up to 2 co-founders