This Week: Judging GRA/TAG Business Launch Competition

by David Eckoff · 0 comments

businesslaunch_logo.jpgThis Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I will be a judge for the semi-finals of the GRA/TAG 2008 Business Launch Competition.

Applicants, then semifinalists, then finalists are competing for a prize that includes a $100,000 cash award and services valued at an additional $200,000, for a total grand prize of $300,000.

This event is conducted by the The Georgia Research Alliance and the Technology Association of Georgia with the goal of supporting the creation and growth of new technology companies in Georgia.

In addition to the cash and services award, entrants have an option to work with a mentor to further develop and refine their business plan. A group of Georgia’s most successful high tech entrepreneurs has agreed to serve as mentors.

A preeminent panel of judges consisting of business leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists includes:

Semi Final Judges:

  • Don Addington, Managing Partner, The Addington Group
  • Edward Croft, Croft & Bender
  • Aaron deSouza, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • David Eckoff, CEO, Revolutionary Ventures
  • Joe Fiveash, EVP and GM, The Weather Channel Interactive
  • Price Harding, Partner, Carter Baldwin
  • Jeff Harris, Harbert Ventures
  • Mark Morel, Chairman and CEO, XOSphere
  • Sig Mosley, President, Imlay Investments
  • Guido Sacchi, CIO, CompuCredit
  • Martin Tilson, Managing Partner, Burr & Foreman
  • Rik Vandevenne, Principal, River Cities Capital Funds

    Finals Judges:

  • Adam Coyle, Operating Partner, Advent Group
  • Tom Crotty, General Partner, Battery Ventures
  • Cynthia Glassman, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Mark Johnson, former Vice Chairman, CheckFree Corporation
  • Christopher Klaus, Founder & CEO, Kaneva
  • Ann Lamont, Managing Partner, Oak Investment Partners
  • Fred Sturgis, Managing Director, H.I.G. Ventures

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