More Startups Join Engage

Eight additional technology startups will go through an early-stage venture fund created by Georgia Tech and 10 leading global corporations.

The Engage Ventures growth program differs from other accelerators in that it targets later stage complanies and helps them develop and execute go-to-market strategies.

“Bringing top executives from our corporate partners together with founders of high-growth companies to focus on go-to-market has unlocked immense value,” said Thiago Olson, managing director of Engage Ventures. “We’re humbled by the talent pulled together this spring.”

Companies in the spring cohort are pioneering technologies spanning from autonomous flight to artificial intelligence to blockchain, Olson said.

Half of the startups have Georgia Tech connections. Three are current portfolio companies in Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) and a fourth participated in CREATE-X, a series of entrepreneurship programs for undergraduate students.

The three-month program brings the startups to Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. Meet the companies:

  • Dev/Con (Memphis, TN) — SaaS-based cybersecurity software that eliminates advertising fraud.
  • Homee (Tampa Bay, FL) — On-demand home servicing app that provides instant access to handymen, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing providers.
  • Intrinio (Tampa Bay, FL) — Fintech marketplace with access to more than 200 financial data feeds that cover 350,000 global securities.
  • PRYON (Seattle, WA) — Developing an AI platform with the accuracy and security features necessary for enterprise applications.
  • Stord (Atlanta, GA) — Real-time global warehousing network that connects independent, third-party warehouses via an enterprise software platform to drive inventory efficiency.
  • SkyRyse (San Francisco, CA) — Delivering autonomous flight technologies to revolutionize on-demand transportation.
  • ThingTech (Atlanta, GA) — IoT service platform that connect assets, fleets, heavy equipment, sensors, machines, and mobile workforces in real-time.
  • Verady (Atlanta, GA) — Combines blockchain and industry thought leadership to bring accounting and audit technology to cryptocurrencies.

Engage Ventures is the largest-ever strategic grouping of major corporations in an independent venture firm. The 10 founding companies contributing capital, expertise, time and resources in support of Engage include AT&T, Chick-fil-A, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia Power Foundation Inc., Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Invesco Ltd., The Home Depot and UPS. Executives from these firms mentor companies receiving financial support from the venture fund. The fund is managed by Tech Square Ventures, which is led by managing partner Blake Patton.

Engage offers programming and other services through a contract with ATDC, which was established at Georgia Tech by Georgia lawmakers in 1980 to launch and build technology companies.

The startups are the second cohort to go through the program. The first group completed the program in the fall.

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