ATLANTA, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- It is not networking. It is deal-making. Established companies are looking to invest in startups by aligning their technology offerings with internal innovation projects. However, large companies often lack the bandwidth to network with credited startups, leaving holes in their developmental program, until now. SwitchPitch, presented by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Invest Atlanta, is coming to Atlanta, Thursday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. at FlatironCity. This role-reversal event allows enterprise companies to pitch funded innovation projects to qualified startups looking for the right partners.
"SwitchPitch has successfully connected startups and large companies through live events in targeted locations for three years. Atlanta continues to be a hot market for startup and tech activity and this event offers the perfect breeding ground for connecting big brands to startup resources," says Michael Goldstein, founder of SwitchPitch.
Not only will this year's event offer ample time for networking, there will also be an after-party that will include a post-event wrap up discussion where enterprise companies and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to discuss their experience with SwitchPitch and learn more about the newly renovated FlatironCity.
Call for presenters
During the event, large companies have the opportunity to meet and engage with some of the most innovative minds in their communities, allowing for the possibility of long-term relationships. Big brands in the Atlanta area interested in presenting will be joined by brands such as Global Payments and The Weather Company on stage.
"Bringing together a group of entrepreneurs in the early stages of their companies' development to listen to the challenges that larger companies need to solve creates an environment for creativity and innovation," explains Ashok Vantipalli. Vice President of Technology at American Cancer Society. "We recently participated in SwitchPitch in D.C. and the experience was remarkable, we were not only able to access local talent and ideas but a national startup network as well, SwitchPitch offers a unique opportunity to build a network, solve problems and foster innovation."
Startups looking to broaden their network and interact with leaders from enterprise companies within the region are encouraged to register to attend. As part of the agenda, all startups will have the opportunity to listen to pitches presented by big brands as well as attend a speed dating session in which each startup will have time to discuss specific needs and projects with the brands in attendance.
"Since its launch, SwitchPitch has generated $2 million in revenue for startups across the U.S. by holding annual events in cities with high startup activity," states Jennifer Sherer, Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. "We are excited to bring SwitchPitch back to Atlanta this year to help the startups in our region interact with some of our most reputable Fortune 1000 brands. The energy this event generates is addicting and the results are profound."
Where to begin
Startups looking to gain exposure to some of the most influential companies in the nation should register here https://connect.switchpitch.com/site/register/t/startup. Similarly, enterprise companies with innovation projects looking to present should visit https://connect.switchpitch.com/site/register/t/bigcompany to learn more about registration.
SwitchPitch was founded in 2012 by Michael Goldstein, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor familiar with the business development pains of startups. SwitchPitch started as a role-reversal event in which established companies pitch funded innovation projects to qualified startups looking for great partners. Since launch, SwitchPitch has evolved to offer an online marketplace for entrepreneurs and enterprise companies to connect from anywhere around the globe. Sponsors of the Atlanta event include Microsoft, Invest Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Trevelino/Keller. To learn more, please visit:http://switchpitch.com/.