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May 15th 2018

 

Business Startup Competition
Over $30,000 In Prizes!


Important Dates



March 1st

Applications are due by March 1.

March 30th

Semifinalists will be chosen and announced on March 30. Read more about the Semifinalists!

May 15th

Winners will be announced at our PitchDIA event on May 15!

We Believe in You.

Our region has a rich history of innovative entrepreneurship and we believe in paying it forward.



We believe in the innovation and entrepreneurship that thrives in our region.

We believe we can accelerate business growth by pairing new innovators with the community's seasoned entrepreneurs

We believe our mentorship process will create a strong foundation on which your business will thrive.

We believe that our investments will be the fuel your launch needs.

Awarded Prizes

Winners of PitchDIA 2018 will receive prizes valued at over $30,000!



Grand Prize winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $5,000
  • Over 500 square feet of office space in Downtown Dalton – rent free for the first six months (provided by Barrett Properties)
  • A quick start website package, including one year of free web hosting and up to 5 email accounts (provided by InventureIT)
  • Up to 20 hours in technology consulting services (provided by InventureIT)
  • Legal services, including LLC formation, operating agreement, lease agreement, and up to 10 hours of attorney services (provided by The Minor Firm)
  • Accounting services (provided by the Morehouse Group)
  • Free membership with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
  • Checking Account and Business checks, as well as Financial and SBA Loan guidance (provided by BB&T)
  • A brand identity package (provided by Luna Design)
  • Insurance guidance (provided by Advanced Insurance Strategies)
  • Marketing, Social Media, Accounting, and Strategic Planning guidance, as well as internship with the Dalton State College Wright School of Business
  • Guidance from and exposure to some of the community’s top entrepreneurs and professionals
  • Free payroll services for up to 15 employees for 1 year (provided by Direct Paychecks, Inc)

Second Place winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $500
  • Over 250 square feet of office space in Downtown Dalton – rent free for the first six months (provided by Barrett Properties)
  • A quick start website package, including one year of free web hosting (provided by InventureIT)
  • Up to 8 hours in technology consulting services (provided by InventureIT)
  • Legal services, including LLC formation, operating agreement, and lease agreement (provided by The Minor Firm)
  • Guidance from and exposure to some of the community’s top entrepreneurs and professionals
  • Free payroll services for up to 15 employees for 6 months (provided by Direct Paychecks, Inc)

Third Place winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $500
  • A quick start website package, including one year of free web hosting (provided by InventureIT)
  • Legal services, including LLC formation, operating agreement, and lease agreement (provided by The Minor Firm)
  • Guidance from and exposure to some of the community’s top entrepreneurs and professionals
  • Free payroll services for up to 15 employees for 3 months (provided by Direct Paychecks, Inc)

Questions?


What is this PitchDIA competition?

 

PitchDIA is a new competition for startup entrepreneurs in the Dalton area with prizes valued at over $30,000. The Dalton Innovation Accelerator will hold the PitchDIA competition on May 15, 2018; applications are due by March 1.

What is the Dalton Innovation Accelerator?

DIA is an association of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals, and community volunteers, aimed at furthering entrepreneurial growth in the Dalton-Whitfield County area. The Accelerator was formed in 2017 with an initial goal of establishing an annual startup competition called PitchDIA.

Is this competition right for my company or my idea?

The primary goal of the PitchDIA competition is to further entrepreneurial growth in the north Georgia area. Not only will the winners of the competition enjoy significant startup funding, free office space, and other prizes, participants will also benefit from significant exposure to seasoned businesspersons and professionals with deep connections in our community.

Whether you’re an individual pitching an idea written on a back of a napkin, an experienced business with an R&D offshoot looking to launch, or a company already in the second round of fundraising … we believe your ideas have a place in this competition.

Any startup in need of guidance, funding, or an “in” would definitely benefit from participating in PitchDIA, but many investors are planning to be in attendance regardless of your need for prizes.

How do I apply to the Pitch?

Start by filling out an application! Semifinalists who are selected to participate in the PitchDIA competition on May 15 will be announced on April 2, 2018.

How will my pitch be evaluated?

The advisory panel will take several factors into consideration including the market opportunity for the idea, the overall business model of the idea, the capabilities of the management team, and the strength of product/service offering.

Can you help me with my pitch or application?

In your initial application, we want to know what your idea is about. Members of the DIA team will be available to meet with Semifinalists (announced on March 30) to discuss your pitch and presentation for the PitchDIA event on May 15.

What prizes will be awarded to the winners of the 2018 PitchDIA competition?

 

Winners of PitchDIA 2018 will receive prizes valued at over $30,000!

Grand Prize winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $5,000
  • Over 500 square feet of office space in Downtown Dalton – rent free for the first six months (provided by Barrett Properties)
  • A quick start website package, including one year of free web hosting and up to 5 email accounts (provided by InventureIT)
  • Up to 20 hours in technology consulting services (provided by InventureIT)
  • Legal services, including LLC formation, operating agreement, lease agreement, and up to 10 hours of attorney services (provided by The Minor Firm)
  • Accounting services (provided by the Morehouse Group)
  • Free membership with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
  • Checking Account and Business checks, as well as Financial and SBA Loan guidance (provided by BB&T)
  • A marketing and branding package (provided by Shaw Industries)
  • Insurance guidance (provided by Advanced Insurance Strategies)
  • Marketing, Social Media, Accounting, and Strategic Planning guidance, as well as internship with the Dalton State College Wright School of Business
  • Guidance from and exposure to some of the community’s top entrepreneurs and professionals

Second Place winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $500
  • Over 250 square feet of office space in Downtown Dalton – rent free for the first six months (provided by Barrett Properties)
  • A quick start website package, including one year of free web hosting (provided by InventureIT)
  • Up to 8 hours in technology consulting services (provided by InventureIT)
  • Legal services, including LLC formation, operating agreement, and lease agreement (provided by The Minor Firm)
  • Guidance from and exposure to some of the community’s top entrepreneurs and professionals

Third Place winners will receive:

  • A cash award of $500
  • A quick start website package, including one year of free web hosting (provided by InventureIT)
  • Legal services, including LLC formation, operating agreement, and lease agreement (provided by The Minor Firm)
  • Guidance from and exposure to some of the community’s top entrepreneurs and professionals

 

Will there be accredited investors in attendance?

Investors will be in attendance, some investors are involved in the establishment of the competition itself and others investors (and their firms) will be in attendance for the competition itself.

If you are an accredited investor and would like to attend, please RSVP using the form below. Accredited investors who RSVP will have additional materials made available to them on the portfolio of pitches during and after the event.

Can anyone attend?

We do encourage people from the community to attend. Selected applicants and their stakeholders, members of the Dalton Innovation Accelerator advisory board, judges, invited guests, invited investors, and guests who RSVP may be given priority over the general public if space becomes a concern. But, we don’t expect that to become an issue.

How do I invest or otherwise get involved?

The best way to get involved in the pitch competition, whether as a mentor or investor, is through the Dalton Innovation Accelerator. There will be more information about DIA in the near future and that information will be published here as it becomes available.

 

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