Our 2nd Annual Corporate Innovation Summit Recap

   What a thrill! The 2nd Annual Atlanta Corporate Innovation Summit hosted 400+ startup and corporate innovators and 125 matchmaking meetings.   Thank You To The Who’s Who From October 18th, 2018:  Marc Gorlin of Roadie for sitting down with Alex Gonzalez of the Chamber for a fireside chat. Ed Wagner of Cox Enterprises and Keitha Minchew of The Coca-Cola Company for sharing piloting case studies. Mr. Wagner was joined by fellow panelists, Noa Davidson of The Coca-Cola Company, Domonique Bouldrick of Porsche Cars North America, and Carie Davis of TechPublic and the BridgeCommunity for a deeper dive into breaking down piloting barriers. Shane Reiser of TechPublic and the BridgeCommunity, Albin Bajramovic of Tyrannosaurus Tech, and Rich Goidel and Kevin Lewis of 352, Inc for leading workshops. And thank you to our sponsors! 352. Inc. – provides innovation, technology and growth services Tyrannosaurus Tech –  offers superior software development and innovative design The Guide To Atlanta Corporate Innovation has launched! Peruse the startup engagement platforms, innovation spaces, support resources, events and university partnerships that make up our city’s strengthening corporate innovation ecosystem. Connect With The Hosts Carie Davis Managing Director, BridgeCommunity Partner, Your Ideas Are Terrible Carie@bridgecommunity.com Shane Reiser Program Director, BridgeCommunity Partner, Your Ideas Are Terrible Shane@bridgecommunity.com Trish Whitlock Communications, BridgeCommunity & Your Ideas Are Terrible Trish@bridgecommunity.com Alex Gonzalez Chief Innovation Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber AGonzalez@macoc.com Sarah Hundall Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Metro Atlanta Chamber Shudnall@macoc.com            ...

Evisort brings AI to Cox Automotive’s Contracts

Evisort helps corporations to never miss an opportunity because of confusing and lengthy contract language. Their artificial intelligence product automatically turns the text within contracts into data and leverages this data to drive legal, procurement, finance, and business operations. This Silicon Valley and Boston-based startup was chosen for the 2018 BridgeCommunity cohort and jump-started an immediate relationship with program Member, Cox Automotive Inc. at the program’s kick off party in early May. Cyndi Scallion, Vice President Supply Chain Management and Doug Smith, Senior Manager, Reporting & Data Analysis at Cox Automotive Inc. both attended the kick off event specifically looking to meet the Evisort team. The pair had a specific use case in mind when they asked Jerry Ting, Founder and CEO of Evisort, for a demo at the event. Following recent mergers and acquisitions, Cox Automotive’s Supply Chain group was looking to get a handle on their plethora of contracts (in terms of locations and formats), and pull data from them in a useful way. Cox Automotive’s current tool involves a highly manual and not user friendly process, which only functions as a repository with basic reporting. Ting jumped at the chance to demo Evisort’s functionality to Scallion and Smith and was subsequently invited to Cox headquarters for a working session where Cox shed more light on the areas they thought AI could be used as a solution. “There was so much transparency and trust. We were able to clearly understand Cox Automotive’s pain points, talk to employees who would be the end user, pitch a crafted solution and discuss a proposal all within the first working session....

11 Startups Accepted into the BridgeCommunity’s 2018 Accelerator Cohort!

The BridgeCommunity founded by Coca-Cola is a unique nurturing and commercialization program that connects early-stage tech startups with global corporations. Today the program is announcing the 11 startups joining their third North American cohort. The program is designed to engineer and accelerate startup and corporate relationships. Startups receive world-class enterprise sales, marketing, and negotiations training to understand corporate innovation needs. Corporations are coached on minimizing roadblocks to streamline pilots and simplify contracts, and then the BridgeCommunity team makes targeted introductions and mediates relationships. As a part of their commitment to developing the Atlanta startup ecosystem, the commercialization program cultivates local startups, draws national startups, provides actionable education to both partners, and supports local community initiatives to help raise the technical skill level in Atlanta from high-school onwards. This year’s corporate roster adds MailChimp to the lineup from 2017, including Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX Enterprises, Porsche Cars North America and SunTrust Bank. Starting this month, 11 startups will gain access to this heavy-hitting list of corporations motivated to build relationships, run pilots, and enter licensing agreements during the six-month program based in Atlanta. Get to know the incoming startups! MoQuality (Atlanta) is a self-learning artificial intelligence that tests mobile apps better than humans BigTeam (Atlanta) brings seamless feedback to companies and networks Evisort (Boston) is artificial intelligence for contracts Inspector 6 (Atlanta) is an AI-powered brand analytics tool Graph Story (Memphis) offers graph databases as a service Fyiio (Omaha) is a tutorial management platform for creating guides that work Filtered.Ai (Boston) is a platform to hire technical talent on ability not on resumes Pass It Down (Chattanooga) is a digital storytelling...

Looking for Startups to Work with Motivated Corporations in 2018

The BridgeCommunity, founded by Coca-Cola, has opened the startup application for our 3rd North American cohort. Applications are due March 21st – https://www.f6s.com/atlantabridgecommunity2018/apply From May-Oct, chosen cohort startups will receive enterprise sales, marketing and sales training to understand corporate innovation needs and hone offerings to create pilots and POCs with Capgemini, Coca-Cola, Cox Enterprises, MailChimp, Porsche North America and SunTrust Bank. This year the corporations are specifically looking for startups (B2B or B2B2C with a product ready to sell to an enterprise) in these areas: Supply Chain Fleet Management Logistic Services Automation Precision Marketing and Mix Modeling AdTech and Media (specifically video, digital-enabled physical, AR/VR consumer experiences) E-commerce (specifically technologies that anticipate the merging of B2B and B2C) Back Office Automation Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Sustainability Photo Recognition Blockchain (specifically financial services contracts or any solution that helps a corporate unlock a new revenue stream) Cybersecurity (specifically endpoint protection, awareness and preparedness) FinTech (specifically Cryptocurrency) APPLY: https://www.f6s.com/atlantabridgecommunity2018/apply Expect targeted introductions into major enterprises and relationship mediation. The program only requires a commitment, on average, of 2 hours per week from one person on the startup team and there is no equity or IP taken (or cash given) to startups. This is an Atlanta based program and we cover the cost of travel for non-local startups (budget permitting). Of the 22 startups in the program last year, 10 were from outside of Atlanta. Check out a 2017 pilot success story to get a taste of what we do. If you are not sure if you’re a fit or want to find out more, email our Program Director...