Since winning the TAG Biz Launch in May, Jones has been on a winning streak from the Baker Donaldson’s Capital Conference, to Atlanta Tech Angels’ Pitch Perfect(ly) Workshop and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Tomorrow on Monday June 6th, 2016 Jones is entering in the Plug ATL contest hosted by The Shark himself, Daymond John for a chance to win $10,000 sponsored by SunTrust Bank.
“Plug ATL is a celebration of Atlanta’s rising millennial entrepreneurial talent and innovation. This inaugural event is scheduled to take place at the Atlanta Symphony Hall of the Woodruff Arts Theatre and will honor achievers in their respective field for their outstanding contributions to the entrepreneurial world. The evening will start with a networking open bar event at 6pm where event attendees will get the opportunity to network, mix and mingle with startup gurus and individuals whose spark for entrepreneurship has just been ignited or been passionately burning for years” (Source).
The RaceIQ Team would love for you to be able to join us so get your complimentary tickets here. If you can’t make it, no worries. You can still show your support by voting for RaceIQ for the People’s Choice Awards! It takes only 2 seconds and you won’t regret it so please cast your vote now as the polls close promptly at 8pm Monday. Thank you and we hope to see you there or in spirit online! If you don’t, the Internet Gods will shun you forever and we don’t want that happen.
Wish us well,
The RaceIQ Team
More than 160 companies entered the pitch competition with 5 finalists presenting live at the event. The other finalists were Tydee, Inc. a tech start-up offering a trash pick up service; Make Music Count, a mathematics curriculum that teaches math lessons through music; Alpha Bride, a website helping couples better budget their weddings; and lastly, Farrago comics, a free online platform for comic books. Each team had five minutes to pitch: two minutes to explain their company and the remaining three minutes to answer questions or concerns from the judges. Followed by a brief intermission for the judges to deliberate. Shark Tank’s Daymond John appeared as a judge and featured as a keynote speaker for the event. In an interview with UrbanGeekz, he said the pitch contest was an invaluable opportunity for startup entrepreneurs to access capital without giving up equity.
It was a tough competition, but it was RaceIQ that took home the coveted prize of $10,000! “One of the things I really enjoyed about this [PlugATL Pitch] process is watching the ecosystem grow here in Atlanta around opportunities similar to this,” said Founder James T. Jones. “It really gives us entrepreneurs a chance to take advantage of a platform that just wasn't here before.” Jones also provided a word of advice to fellow, aspiring entrepreneurs. “Don't be afraid to take that leap. It's a tough thing, it's never too late — start early,” he said. “Follow your dreams, follow your passions, have a plan. You have to plan. If you do that right everything else will come along.”