January 18, 2023 in ATDC @ Savannah, Blog

GRIT Conference Announces Startup Stage Pitch Competition Finalists

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Creative Coast has announced the Startup Stage finalists that will pitch their companies at GRIT (formerly called Geekend), Savannah’s premier innovation conference. Startup Stage is a business pitch competition during which finalists present their endeavors to a panel of judges and a live audience for a chance at $10,000 in cash and prizes. The competition is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 27th, from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center.

After a week-long selection process, the Startup Stage committee has chosen the following companies to pitch onstage. The founders and their companies are:

  • Melanie DeFilippis for Oro Maternal Health Inc.
  • Sade Shofidiya for BEEnevolent
  • Johnathan Manning for 88 Technologies
  • Adam Tsang and Jim Paul Walker for The Whiskey Grail
  • Rodeline Joseph for Medsembly
  • Deborah McIncrow for PillowSak, LLC
  • Kirkland Brooks for Febris
  • Malcolm Brown for WorkCEO

Startup Stage will be judged by a panel of angel investors and venture capitalists. Judges include Bill Nussey (Partner with the Engage and Tech Square Venture firms, Author and Podcast Host of Freeing Energy), Julianne Roseman (Senior Associate at Plug and Play Tech Center), Bill Glenn (Partner at Fernwood Holdings), and Jim Goodlet (Board Director, Angel Investor, CEO, CTO and Chief Information Architect).

Startup Stage is sponsored by the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). As Georgia’s technology business incubator, ATDC assists entrepreneurs across the state from IDEA to commercial SUCCESS.

Early Bird tickets for the full, two-day GRIT Conference are currently on sale for only $99 through January 20th. To learn more about Startup Stage and attend the GRIT Conference, visit https://thegritconference.com/startup-stage/.

About the GRIT Conference
The GRIT Conference is an event organized by The Creative Coast in Savannah, Georgia. The Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) is the Presenting Sponsor of the two-day conference, which features and connects leading designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from Savannah and beyond. Sessions showcase Savannah’s achievements in business, tech, and the arts, address our toughest challenges, and discuss emerging trends with the goal of providing individuals with access to new ideas and people to spark their momentum. Learn more at www.thegritconference.com.

About The Creative Coast
The Creative Coast’s mission is to catalyze the innovation economy in Coastal Georgia. The 501(c)3 non-profit serves the entrepreneurial, technology & creative community of the Savannah region. The organization builds and supports the creative economy in Savannah through educational & social programs that connect and foster local innovation in both large and small companies. Learn more at www.thecreativecoast.org.




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