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.