Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit was in full swing at the recent 22nd Startup Runway Showcase, hosted at the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs. In partnership with the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation and powered by the unwavering support of sponsors such as Cox Enterprises, American Family Insurance Institute, Georgia Power Company, Valor Ventures, Avanta Ventures, and Truist, the event showcased the brightest talents in the Southeast’s startup ecosystem.
We want to thank all of our partners, including our esteemed VC judges, whose guidance and dedication to fostering innovation were pivotal in making the event a success.
Unveiling the Winners and a Glimpse Into Their Ambitions
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of our three grant winners, each receiving a well-deserved $10,000 to breathe life into their groundbreaking ventures. We had the privilege of engaging in an exclusive Q&A with the winning founders, and their ambitions for utilizing the funding from Startup Runway are nothing short of inspiring:
Jessica King, Founder of FlowIntell, who won the Women’s Empowerment Grant, emphasized the significance of the $10,000 grant in propelling their product from the lab to the market. “This financial boost will support our efforts to refine our product, enhance our market presence, and create the necessary connections to drive our biotech startup forward,” she said. “It represents a monetary contribution and a significant opportunity for growth and progress. We’re excited for all the connections that propel FlowIntell to the next level.”
Miya Moore, Founder of Benechek, won the audience’s hearts, securing the coveted Audience Choice Award. Miya shared her intention to expand Benechek’s MVP, strengthen their technology, and engage in targeted outreach to get paying users on their platform. “This capital will give us the runway to do just that,” she said.
Kai Tan, Founder of RevMatch, expressed his enthusiasm for winning the Judge’s Award and how the funding will help his company achieve key objectives. A portion will be allocated to marketing efforts, including raffles for their users. “We will also use the funding to help with our operations costs, as we are bootstrapped right now,” he said.
Stay Tuned for More Entrepreneurial Insights
Stay tuned for full Q&A sessions and podcast interviews with these winning founders for a more profound understanding of their entrepreneurial journeys. We’ll explore how they got started, their biggest challenges, the most exciting aspects of being entrepreneurs, and more.
Apply Now for the 23rd Startup Runway Showcase
Applications are now open for the 23rd Startup Runway Showcase on December 7. If you’re an aspiring founder or know someone with a revolutionary startup seeking their first investor, this is your chance to shine. Seize this opportunity to showcase your vision and compete for $10,000 in non-dilutive capital.