launch your idea into reality


October 10 2019


Business Startup Competition

Important Dates


Now accepting applications for the 2019 competition!


Semifinalist decision date will be announced in 2019!

October 10th

Winners will be announced at our PitchDIA event on October 10!

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.


What is this PitchDIA competition?




PitchDIA is a new competition for startup entrepreneurs in the Dalton area. The 2019 competition will be held on October 10, 2019!



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.  Learn more about the Accelerator by clicking here!



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!


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 to discuss your pitch and presentation before the 2019 PitchDIA event.


What prizes will be awarded to the winners of the 2019 PitchDIA competition?

Details of the 2019 competition are being finalized now.  Check back soon for more details!

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.