ATLANTA, GA. (Aug. 15, 2016) – The Georgia Game Developers Association today announced that it has eight openings in its Oct. 7 Investment Conference for creative entrepreneurs developing interactive and entertainment-based businesses. The investment program, sponsored by Tripwire Interactive and the State Tax Credit Exchange, and held as part of the GGDA’s flagship SIEGE conference, provides an opportunity to connect the interactive media and entertainment industries in Georgia, including video game and app developers, with interested investors.
All applicants can receive mentoring to improve their pitch. Applicants selected to participate in the Program make a presentation to a select group of more than 40 panelists consisting of angel investors, successful entrepreneurs, government officials and interactive media/entertainment professionals. All presenters can attend a one-day workshop with a panel of leading experts in patent, copyright, trademark, entertainment, contract, corporate and private placement law, as well as taxes, marketing, sales, video game distribution, and management. Startups with no prior outside investors may win a cash prize of $1,000. Companies and individuals wanting to pitch can apply via:
"We hope to continue to build on our prior successful programs by attracting more developers with cutting edge and compelling products and products that support health, exercise and education. We are also seeing a lot of interest in augmented reality, virtual reality and machine learning,” said Rob Hassett, an attorney at Gilson Athans P.C. and co-chair of the Investment Conference.
"We have three goals. The first is to help artists and developers become more savvy entrepreneurs. The second is to help entrepreneurs with a worthy business model obtain necessary funding. The third is to offer potential investors more choices and increase their likelihood of success," Hassett said.
Jay O'Toole, a professor at Georgia State University and the other Co-Chair of the Investment Program, said, "Our aim is to bring in presenters who will entertain and excite our judges. That will lead to more investments and a higher percentage of successful investments that will help all of us."
Presenters to date have included Rockin’ Finance, Cogent Education, Crank Media Intelligence, Ker-Chunk Games, Mpact Games and World’s Fastest Drummer.