'Startup Riot' in Atlanta coming Feb. 20, is like speed-dating for startups

Think "speed dating" for startups.

The 6th annual Atlanta Startup Riot event wiill be held on February 20th, 2013, at the Tabernacle entertainment center.

The event gives emerging entrepreneurs a a day-long opportunity to introduce themselves and their product/service ideas to potential investors and marketing professionals.

In speed-dating format, each entrepreur will have three minutes to make their pitch. In addition to possibly finding investors, other benefits of the event include a $5,000 cash investment prize for the judged best company, a $1,000 custom web design prize, from The Creative Momentum, and meetings with investors.

Applications to become a presenter are at http://startupriot.com/show/present-atlanta. The deadline is January 31st. Investors and other business attendees must register by February 7th at http://startupriot.com/show/attend-atlanta.

One example of Startup Riot's success is Pardot, a company specializing in marketing automation solutions, ranked #172 on the Inc. 500 list. In 2012, the AJC named Pardot as the "#1 Small Business to Work for in Atlanta." Startup Riot founder Sanjay Parekh says, "I sold my company, Digital Envoy, in 2007 and was looking for a way to give back to entrepreneurs."

Keynote speakers include T.A. McCann, the founder and CEO of Seattle-based Gist, Inc. and now vice president at Research in Motion, and Adam Rich, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Thrillist.com, which serves over 3 million subscribers.