This month, I’m a judge in the semi-finals round of the TAG Business Launch Competition 2012.
This will be my fifth year judging the competition and it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year. I love seeing the variety of startups in Georgia. And enjoy learning from the perspective of the other judges.
Over two days, each of the 10 semi-finals companies make a 15 minute pitch to the panel of judges, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. At the end of each day, the judges discuss their views about each company and summarize feedback for the company about their plan and presentation.
At the end of the two days, judges deliberate and we select four companies to continue to the finals round.
Companies vie for a grand prize of $50,000 in cash and a share of more than $450,000 in professional services from various service providers.
About the TAG Business Launch Competition
The Business Launch Competition, now in its seventh year, facilitates connections within the entrepreneurial community by connecting young entrepreneurs with seasoned veterans and the investment community.
Ten companies have made it to the semi-finals round this month, including:
- Bright Light Systems, Inc.
- viaCycle, Inc.
- IdeaString, LLC
- Pretty In My Pocket, LLC
- Merlin Mobility
- ArcPoint Solutions, LLC
Judges for 2012 include:
Preliminary Application Judges:
- Jeff McConnell, Whisper Communications
- Paul Freet, VentureLab at Georgia Tech
- Lawrence Guillory, Racemi
- Melanie Leeth, Imlay Investments
- Keith McGreggor, VentureLab at Georgia Tech
- Andy Piazza, Malloy Risk Services
- Adrian Sawczuk, Alvarez & Marsal
- Richard Spencer
- Aaron deSouza, GrantThornton
- David Eckoff, Revolutionary Ventures
- Dave Gould, TechOperators
- Joe Gruca, HireIQ and 2010 Competition Winner
- Sami Jajeh, Arketi Group
- Michael Price, CEO Ventures
- Nina Sawczuk, ATDC
- Greg Smith, Greg Smith Consulting
- Martin Tilson, The Tilson Group
- Judi Vitale, VitaleCFO