April 19, 2017 in ATDC News, Blog

ATDC announces the Startup Showcase Class of 2017

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William Hernandez photo Showcase
William Hernandez is First Performance Global’s CEO.

The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology incubator, announced four of its startups will graduate from its top-level ATDC Signature portfolio at the 2017 ATDC Startup Showcase.

The ATDC graduates are:

  • First Performance Global: Specializes in the delivery of an innovative, custom-branded mobile application aimed at the prevention and reduction of credit card-related fraud.
  • Partpic: Its proprietary solution simplifies the search for and purchase of industrial replacement parts using visual recognition technology.
  • StarMobile: This disruptive, cloud-based solution delivers enterprise mobility at a fraction of the cost and time of any other approach.
  • UserIQ: Its Customer Growth Platform empowers Software-as-a-Service companies to foster growth beyond the traditional sales funnel.
Jewel Burks photo Showcase
Jewel Burks is co-founder and CEO of Partpic.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates and this milestone that they’ve achieved,” said Jennifer Bonnett, ATDC’s general manager. “All of our portfolio companies work very hard to take their ideas from a spark of a thought to commercialization and bringing products to market.”

The annual Showcase, which attracts nearly 1,000 attendees, is scheduled for May 11 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (REGISTER HERE.)

Showcase, which takes place during Atlanta Startup Week, celebrates ATDC’s 37-year legacy of helping entrepreneurs learn, launch, scale, and succeed in the formation of successful Georgia technology startups. Worldpay US — the global payments technology and services company, and creator of ATDC’s FinTech program — is the Showcase’s premier sponsor.

Todd Fryburger Showcase
Todd Fryburger of StarMobile.

The Showcase gives those involved with or connected to the technology and startup communities — from entrepreneurs to Fortune 1000 companies to investors — an opportunity to see and talk to the innovators behind Georgia’s most innovative companies.

It also honors those startups in ATDC Signature, the incubator’s top-tier portfolio of companies deemed most ready for long-term growth and success. ATDC Signature is a rigorous, metrics-driven, and milestones-based program for companies with transformative products.

The four companies that comprise the Showcase Class of 2017 met the criteria to graduate by achieving one or more of these milestones:

  • A recurring annual revenue run rate of $1 million or more.
  • Demonstrated significant customer traction.
  • Having been acquired in the past year.
Aaron Aycock photo Showcase
Aaron Aycock, founder and chief product officer, UserIQ.

“Being a part of the ATDC community has been vital to UserIQ’s success,” said Aaron Aycock, UserIQ’s founder and chief product officer. “We’ve received incredible support from the members and mentors, and we’ve been able to take part in networking events that have aided us in making key connections as we grow. The ATDC Signature program has also given us access to top-notch Georgia Tech talent and even helped us to find our first customers.”

Jewel Burks, Partpic’s co-founder and CEO, echoed those sentiments. “ATDC was a crucial part of Partpic’s story. I was fortunate to hear about ATDC’s Customer Discovery class very early in my ideation phase and gained confidence in the idea through taking the steps outlined in that program,” she said. “Staying connected to ATDC and eventually becoming a Signature Company helped us navigate every part of growing our business, from making hiring decisions to acquiring customers. I am forever grateful to the ATDC community and especially Jen Bonnett and Jane McCracken for all their support and guidance.”


The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the state of Georgia’s technology startup incubator. Founded in 1980 by the Georgia General Assembly, which funds it each year, ATDC’s mission is to work with entrepreneurs in Georgia to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed in the creation of viable, disruptive technology companies. Since its founding, ATDC has grown to become one of the longest running and most successful university-affiliated incubators in the United States, with its graduate startup companies raising $3 billion in investment financing and generating more than $12 billion in revenue in the state of Georgia. To learn more, visit atdc.org.

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