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Pitch Circus 2018 by the numbers

There’s so much more cooking in Savannah than butter at Paula Deen’s.

By the turnout at the annual Geekend conference put on by my friends at The Creative Coast this past weekend — and in particular to Pitch Circus, the venture pitch event held on Day 1 of Geekend — the digital and tech startup scene in Savannah is one that you’re going to want to put on your radar.

Green Badger wins Pitch Circus 2018

As the ATDC Startup Catalyst in Savannah, I’m extremely proud of the companies that presented and applied to present at this event. Getting up and presenting the merits of your business to 200+ people, 6 judges and to countless people online is no walk in the park.

Here’s quick look at Pitch Circus 2018 by the numbers:

5,500 dollars in cash given to the winner

1,500 dollars in in-kind services

4 sponsors (City of Savannah, Foram Group, Mallabo Communications, HunterMaclean)

1 winner: Green Badger

35 companies applied representing 3 states (Georgia, South Carolina and Texas)

6 companies presented

6 different industries represented

4 companies went through a pitch off for the sixth and last spot at the event

6 judges including 1 venture capitalist

1 emcee (Cindy Hill of Georgia Public Broadcasting)

1 fireside chat (with Mary-Cathryn Kolb, CEO of brrr°)

200+ in attendance

57 mentions in the media

500 views of the Facebook livestream (click image below)


Facebook livestream of Pitch Circus 2018

The only number that really matters is 1.

In my five years in Savannah, much has been said about the lack of integration and growth of the tech ecosystem within the broader business community. But, on Friday night I didn’t see that. I saw a single community with people from every nook and cranny of the area rallying together to support one another.

You did yourself proud, Savannah. Thank you for letting me play a small part.

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