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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Winner of Start Up Atlanta Entrepreneur Video Competition
PGi and Alan Urech From 200 Peachtree Present $10,000 Check
Posted Date: 10/17/2012 5:30 PM
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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Winner of Start Up Atlanta Entrepreneur Video Competition

PGi and Alan Urech From 200 Peachtree Present $10,000 Check

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today in front of hundreds of Venture Atlanta attendees that TOHL (Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics) won Start Up Atlanta’s $10,000 Entrepreneur Video Competition.

“TOHL represents the best of Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit and I applaud this company for its pioneering technology,” Mayor Reed told attendees at the Georgia Aquarium. “As Georgia’s premier technology innovation event, Venture Atlanta not only positions some of our top innovators in front of investors, it also injects vital energy into our city’s businesses and startups.”

TOHL is an innovative mobile pipeline installation company that provides cost-effective alternatives to conventional pipeline installation methods such as humanitarian water logistics, mining logistics, forest-fire mitigation efforts, and military logistics.

Contestants were challenged to share how their company could change the world and what they like most about being in Atlanta. The competition was introduced at the launch of Start Up Atlanta in August.

Start Up Atlanta is one of Invest Atlanta’s initiatives to make the city nationally and internationally recognized for entrepreneurship. Its main goal is to introduce, connect, support and expand the entrepreneurial, investment and talent ecosystem within all industries of Atlanta and the surrounding region.

“We launched Start Up Atlanta back in August and since then, this initiative has had a tremendous effect on strengthening the entrepreneur ecosystem and leading the charge in putting the city on the map as a dynamic economic center for entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Reed, who serves as chairman of Invest Atlanta.

Start Up Atlanta offers a web-based platform that visually maps out valuable resources to entrepreneurs, including incubators, accelerators and service providers. Additionally, the platform boasts a support network for those launching a start-up or building a business in Atlanta.

All the contending videos were shown at Venture Atlanta, Georgia’s technology innovation event, where Georgia’s top technology innovators met with the country’s top-tier investors. As the state’s largest investor showcase, Venture Atlanta connects Georgia’s entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

In addition to the $10,000 cash prize, TOHL will receive a year subscription to iMeet from PGi. All participants will receive a free three-month subscription to iMeet, courtesy of PGi.

Invest Atlanta, Venture Atlanta, 200 Peachtree, TAG and PGi sponsored the contest. You can watch the winning video here:

For more information on TOHL, please visit:

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About Invest Atlanta
Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.

Chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta, and governed by a nine-member board of directors, Invest Atlanta’s programs and initiatives focus on developing and fostering public/private partnerships to create jobs, grow the economy, revitalize neighborhoods, attract investment, spur innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship. To achieve these goals, Invest Atlanta leverages the benefits of bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing (TIF), and tax credits.