Startup Riot will rock Atlanta on May 19th, 2008. ~70 startups will have 3 minutes each to pitch themselves before an audience of other startups and prospective investors, employees and customers. Bilgistic creator Sanjay Parekh has been a force in organizing this event, recruiting his high-school colleague Drew Curtis of Fark.com as the keynote speaker, and getting more than 70 regional startups signed up to pitch.
Atlanta has had several cool startup community events. TAG‘s annual business launch competition is underway again, Atlanta Startup Weekend launched Skribit, and we have had awesome unconferences such as 2 years of SoCon and last year’s BarCamp Atlanta.
What sets Startup Riot apart is that it is ORIGINAL and UNIQUE. I haven’t heard of ANY other cities hosting events where an early stage company can pitch their company to investors and customers for FREE. Sanjay has certainly been working hard to make the event happen, and the costs seem to already be covered by sponsors. It is an event I can see other cities copying, and it’s starting here in Atlanta.
Of course I have a vested interest in Startup Riot. My previous startup, WeTheCitizens. will be pitching. I’ll be pitching (for a whopping 3 minutes) FeatureFrame, a video platform for independent film-makers and commercial content-producers, but I’m also interested in the community aspects. Many, many startups that I know of will be using this event as a major catalyst for them to build their pitch and move their business forward. I can’t wait to hear about what dozens of other Atlanta startups are working on, and for Atlanta to pioneer an event that other cities will undoubtedly look to reproduce.