TheClubhou.se’s new facility at the Georgia Cyber Center was jam-packed for ATDC’s Startup Academy Competition and Showcase where five startups pitched their companies for a chance to win $1,500 in cash prizes and to capture the attention of area startup investors.
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The finalists were selected from the most recent cohort of ATDC’s Startup Academy, a 12-week bootcamp-style program that is designed to help early-stage tech and product companies validate and commercialize their ideas.
R6 Industries presented DisasterMed, a communication platform that identifies medical symptoms and tracks need resources in disaster situations. Kyle Dymanus and her cofounders contest this near real-time data will allow emergency shelters to contain disease outbreaks.
Lynette Samuel is inspired by words. One day, while reading her Bible, Lynette found an obscure but inspiring verse, Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken like apples of gold in settings of silver.” which begged her to find a way to share these words with the world.
And so 25:Eleven was born as a lifestyle brand for Christian women that promotes everyday thoughtfulness.
Steve Clauson’s pitch was inspired by the “need to find another energy source that can be scalable across the globe.” Essentially, he has discovered a way for your vehicle to charge your building.
Electrolyte is a company that provides electrical batteries that are charged via commercial fleet vehicles to save on electrical costs. The goal is to drive with the batteries installed and plug them in at the business to have the electricity used from the batteries. Electrolyte want’s to “put the power back in the hands of the people.”
Latasha Louis discovered her vision with VERBATIM from her experience in corporate America and her art background. She states that she has always been driven to have something of her own that would fulfill her passions.
VERBATIM creates paper cards for Black Millennials to help to create authentic, organic conversations.
Zack Holley comes to Augusta with a background in the Marines and a wealth of experience in construction and business. He, and his two technical cofounders, sought the opportunity to create better prepared candidates for entry-level construction jobs.
Envocation provides necessary, basic training to would-be tradesmen and then aligns those jobseekers with understaffed employers. Their goal is to the address a massively underserved market.
While waiting for the judges to deliberate several established companies, including PositiveHire and Cathaid, gave an introduction to their businesses during the competition, two of which had graduated from last year’s academy.
Winner Takes All
R6 Industries and their product, DisasterMed, won the competition after a three-minute presentation and round of questioning.
For winning, they received a $500 cash prize from Tech Talk Augusta, one free year of membership to the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce as well as access to the Chamber’s Small Business Marketing Academy courses, and a $500 credit to theClubhou.se.
So what’s next for DisasterMed? R6 Industries is hoping to pilot their product this fall and are currently seeking additional seed funding.
The startups were judged by Charles Johnson, founder and CEO at EDTS; Sue Parr, CEO at Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Annis, a business adviser and owner; and Dr. Richard Franza, dean at Augusta University’s Hull College of Business.