Hurricane Matthew swept through Savannah last month, taking a toll on businesses, homes and families throughout the region. Thankfully, Savannah residents have shown remarkable resilience to the storm’s effects and the humdrum of business as usual has been brought back to life.
In the full sense of “on with the show,” The Creative Coast, ATDC-Savannah and TAG are proud to announce that Savannah Demo Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 — that’s today!
Demo Day is Savannah’s premiere showcase of viable startups in our region. It is also the culmination of ATDC-Savannah’s Bootcamp program where Entrepreneur-in-Residence Yvonne Jouffrault leads a number of Savannah’s technology and product based startups through a 12-week accelerated startup development program. Bootcamp participants learn valuable skills that help them mature their ideas into viable new business launches. At Demo Day, these bootcamp graduates will compete in a pitch competition for a $5,000 prize from Savannah Economic Development Authority in true “Shark Tank” fashion.
Join the Savannah community and investors on Demo Day as we get the first glimpse of local entrepreneurs positioned to make big waves across a multitude of industry sectors. Competing entrepreneurs and companies include Micro C, Esteem Therapeutics, GoTango, Corstrata and BISIWI.
Micro C has developed the first agile fluoroscopic device, i.e. the first handheld X-ray machine. This device is sure to re-invent how medical technology is used and developed in the future. Esteem Therapeutics has created a digital platform that uses therapeutics to promote health, happiness and productivity for children with ADHD. GoTango is a Playstation and XBOX application that allows users to compete in eSports tournaments for cash prizes. Corstrata uses telemedicine and mobile health technologies to provide patients and healthcare physicians access to scarce wound care clinicians, cutting costs and helping to save lives.
And finally, BISIWI takes buying and selling online to a whole new level with their innovative new method.
Interested yet? Savannah is brimming with ideas and creativity and this is the community’s chance to get a front row seat to all the latest and greatest new business ventures being cultivated in our own city.
Demo Day is set today from 2-4 p.m. at The Creators’ Foundry at 415 West Boundary Street. The event is free and open to the public, but hurry — it’s today! Each participant receives five minutes to sell their idea to a panel of judges. Participants will then answer questions from the judges, audience members, and potential investors following their presentation. The winner of Savannah Demo Day will take home a $5,000 cash prize from SEDA.
This year’s investors include Clegg Ivey, serial entrepreneur and Guild Master of the Guild Hall and Chromatic Dragon, and Kevin Dewalt, founder of ScribbleIQ and angel investor for KMD Investments. Clegg’s business pitches have raised more than $71 million dollars over the course of 15 years while Kevin has been involved in multiple successful startups from Washington, D.C., to Mountain View, Calif., to Beijing, China.
Startup Alley, where over 20 local entrepreneurs and startups will be showcasing their latest business ventures, will take place directly following the Demo Day pitch competition. Mingle with Savannah’s brightest innovators at The Creators’ Foundry and see for yourself how our city is moving and shaking.
If you can’t make it to Demo Day or Startup Alley, no worries. You can still get an opportunity to meet the entrepreneurs and investors at a great happy hour with live music at Rancho Alegre on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 6-8 p.m.
Sounds like quite an exciting day today! We hope to see you at one, two or all three events.
Also, stay tuned for new Geekend dates. The Creative Coast and ATDC are working hard to coordinate with all our fantastic speakers across the country to reschedule this annual event after Hurricane Matthew prompted it to be postponed. Follow @Geekend on Twitter and The Creative Coast on Facebook for all the latest details.
Jennifer Atkinson is the operations manager for The Creative Coast, building manager for The Creators’ Foundry and an organizer for the Kaufmann Foundation’s 1 Million Cups in Savannah. The Creative Coast is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the creative and entrepreneurial community within the region. Jennifer can be reached at 912-447-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.