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...

Program Outreach in the Atlanta Community

The BridgeCommunity Outreach Program is seeding the next set of future technology startups. By supplying technical, business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training, the program is encouraging the creation of startup companies and promoting intrapreneurship in Atlanta communities that have traditionally been overlooked when growing and searching for skilled technical talent. The Bridge by Coca-Cola began in 2014 as a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company and the entrepreneurial tech community in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2016 the program expanded to Atlanta, Georgia with a specific focus to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem through startup engagement, partnerships, a powerful corporate member-to-member network and a local community initiative to help raise the technical skill level from high school onwards. Since inception, 74 startups and 9 corporations – Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX Enterprises, InterContinental Hotels Group, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche North America, SunTrust Bank, Turner, The Weather Company – have participated in the program. Anthony Newstead, Co-Founder of The BridgeCommunity by Coca-Cola, and Valarie W. Mackey, Founder of WrightNow Solutions, coalesced the local nonprofit sector and BridgeCommunity member companies to create three Future Entrepreneurship Programs in 2017: “I am so proud of what all the students have achieved during these courses. It has been incredibly rewarding to see them all grow and develop through our time together and I hope and believe we are seeing the next set of future Atlanta entrepreneurs in the making. I also want to thank our corporate members, our startups, CapTech, TAG-ED, Year Up, PowerMylearning, all our volunteers and of course our Outreach Lead, Valarie Mackey, all who collectively breathed life into this initiative, provided the resources and the passion to make...

The BridgeCommunity Halo Effect

The BridgeCommunity is laser-focused on building relationships between corporations and startups. We measure our immediate success by the number of pilots, proofs of concept and licensing deals that close during the 6 months of our program. But our program creates momentum beyond pilots. Since April 2017 the BridgeCommunity’s 2017 startup cohort collectively: Hired 54 new employees Raised over $5M in venture capital funding Increased month over month revenue by 57%* *Four pre-revenue startups that reached revenue during the program are not included due to their infinite growth rate Here are some other accomplishments and recognition our  2017 startup cohort received during their time in this year’s program: Cinamaker Inc. announced the launch of their private beta program for the Cinamaker Director Pad at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Cybraics won “Best of Ballston” for Most Innovative Company, the TAG SSA “Emerging Mega Trends” Impact award, and most innovative tech company in South Florida. They were also selected as one of Atlanta’s “Best and Brightest Companies to work for,” and Cybraics Board Chair, Jamie Dos Santos, was recognized as a South Florida influential businesswoman for 2017. The team also collaborated on a machine learning approach to cybersecurity that earned a bronze Edison award. Dream Agility was named one of only 35 official approved global Google Shopping Partners. Out of the top 10 SEM’s in the UK, they have been either number 1, or in the top 5, every month for 12 months – with growth nearly 300% more than the average of the top 10 SEM’s in the UK.  Dream Agility has expanded their reach from 6...

Coca-Cola Pilots with Reply.ai to Drive Consumer Engagement in sub-Saharan Africa

Reply.ai, the AI-powered customer experience platform, has landed a pilot with Coca-Cola during their participation in The BridgeCommunity by Coca-Cola. The startup enables businesses to scale personalized, 1:1 communication with their customers across messaging and voice channels, in any market or language, all while maintaining the highest security standards. Reply.ai works with Samsung, Kia, and Ryanair to facilitate their B2C communication via chatbots and is the only startup to make Forrester Research’s ranking of “Top 10 Chatbots for Enterprise Customer Support.” Reply.ai became aware of the BridgeCommunity through an accelerator in the commercialization program’s referral network. Co-founder, Clara de Soto, joined the BridgeCommunity to expand her startup’s corporate network and put a framework around the corporate sales cycle Reply.ai was navigating on their own.   The workshops and toolkit the BridgeCommunity provided gave us a concrete look into the best way to get into enterprises, build a pilot, work through KPI’s and move into an agreement. We finally saw the process in black and white. – Clara de Soto, Co-founder, Reply.ai             In the BridgeCommunity’s Connect Days, each startup meets with interested corporate participants on their home turf to discuss piloting opportunities. For Coca-Cola the organization of the Sponsor Connect Days and the follow-up of connections made were organized by BridgeCommunity corporate member and Coca-Cola Consulting and Services Partner Capgemini, as part of a detailed startup engagement process they established this year, led by Todd Redmon (Principal & Client Partner, North America) and Adam Agnew (EVP & Global Client Partner for Coca-Cola), that was integral in helping to socialize and integrate BridgeCommunity startups into...