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Young IT Company Can Get a $50K Boost

The annual TAG Business Launch Competition will offer a total of $400,000 in total prize packages, including strategic business services for the winner.

Entrepreneurs looking to launch or grow their young high-tech companies can get a $50,000 boost in the 9th annual TAG Business Launch Competition.

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), with Venture Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Chamber, are accepting applications until Feb. 11.  The program aims to support the creation and growth of new companies that will strengthen and expand Georgia's strategic high-tech clusters, according to a release from TAG.

Applicants will be invited to attend a Feb. 17 “meet and greet” with judges, mentors, and investors. Last year, more than 65 companies applied to compete.

The TAG Business Launch 2014 will invite entries in Information Technologies. This includes software and hardware companies that are developing products, online services, or back-end technologies that simplify and extend the use of the Internet.

Preliminary applications are due on Feb. 11.  Qualified companies will receive mentors and be selected for the finals by a live pitch competition on March 18.  The finale event, to be held in May, will feature up to eight companies pitching for $50,000 in cash and $350,000 in services.

For information or to apply, visit the TAG Business Launch Competition online.

The 2014 winner, who will be decided at the May finale event, will take home $50,000 in cash and a package of strategic business services. The competition boasts $400,000 in total prize packages and is designed to reward high-tech entrepreneurship and assure a deserving Georgia startup company has everything in place to be successful.

“Each year, the Business Launch Competition showcases some of Georgia’s brightest startup technology firms,” said Tino Mantella, TAG President and CEO.  “We enjoy the opportunity to help build these businesses’ foundation and help propel them into the technology community.”

“The event is truly a fantastic opportunity for young entrepreneurs to propel their business in the right direction,” said Allyson Eman, executive director of Venture Atlanta.

“We are pleased to participate in the TAG 2014 Business Launch Competition, which is directly in line with our strategic objectives of supporting metro Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and the startup community,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, senior vice president of Business Higher Education at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

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