2007 ION News
Georgia Tech ATDC and ION Venture Forum Link Up for Investors
Atlanta, GA (September 7, 2006) – The Atlanta CEO Council, an exclusive organization for C-level executives, will partner with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and VentureLab to present the “Georgia Tech Innovation Experience” during its 2006 venture capital event. ATDC is a nationally recognized science and technology incubator, and Georgia Tech VentureLab launches companies based on Georgia Tech research.
This event will be presented in conjunction with the CEO Council’s annual investor showcase, the ION Venture Forum, occurring October 17-18 at the Buckhead Ritz Carlton in Atlanta. “The Georgia Tech Innovation Experience is a unique addition to the ION Venture Forum and will provide a venue to introduce participating investors to the exciting companies being incubated at Georgia Tech”, said Ashish Mistry, President of the Atlanta CEO Council.
On October 17, the first day of the Forum, registered investors will be given a tour of the ATDC and VentureLab facilities in Georgia Tech’s new Technology Square campus. Following the tour, these investors will be given the opportunity to participate in an accelerated matching program with some of the most promising companies in development at the center. During this accelerated matching session, investors will be paired with 12-15 companies. Companies and investors will then be allowed to participate in open dialogue.
“Through our partnership with the ION Venture Forum, ATDC will provide a vehicle for investors to get a sense of the Technology Square community,” said Tony Antoniades, general manager of ATDC. “We have an amazing number of companies in development here, and we want investors to recognize Atlanta as a fertile ground for innovation and to consider ATDC and VentureLab as valuable partners in their ventures.”
The event will also give visitors an opportunity to see Georgia Tech’s innovative process for building new companies from technology produced by the Institute’s $400 million-per-year research program.
“We currently have more than forty technologies working their way through the Georgia Tech VentureLab process,” said Stephen Fleming, Georgia Tech’s chief commercialization officer. “Many of these will eventually be looking for venture capital investment. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share an early look at these technologies with investors from around the country.”
The Georgia Tech Innovation Experience will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 17. In addition to the tour and the accelerated matching session, the event will include a keynote luncheon, a featured speaker, and highlights of successful companies that have emerged from the ATDC in the past. All of these events will comprise a portion of the “investor-only” segment of the ION Venture Forum, which will also include an invitation-only dinner held at the Buckhead Ritz Carlton.
Events occurring October 18 – which include networking sessions, a keynote address, and presentations from the hottest companies across the state of Georgia – will be open to general registrants.
Registration is now open for investors. If you are interested in attending please visit us online at www.ionventureforum.com.
To learn more about the Atlanta CEO Council, please visit www.atlantaceo.org.
About the Atlanta CEO Council
Headquartered at the Georgia Institute of Technology, ATDC has been recognized by both Inc. and BusinessWeek magazines as one of the nation’s top nonprofit incubators. ATDC was formed in 1980 to stimulate growth in Georgia’s technology business base, and now has locations in Atlanta, Savannah and Warner Robins. ATDC is part of the Entrepreneur Services Division of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. For more information, please visit (atdc.org).
September 28, 2007