Start Co. Announces Demo Day 2014 Aug. 21

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Graduates to present business plans to more than 750 investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Start Co. today announced that 16 startup teams will present their companies to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including community leaders, at Demo Day Aug. 21. Demo Day is the culmination of a nationally recognized intensive 14-week startup training and mentoring program, which is specially recognized by the Global Accelerator Network.

Mayor A.C. Warton, Jr., has proclaimed Aug. 21 to be “Demo Day 2014,” recognizing the efforts of Start Co. to serve the community and citizens of Memphis.  Each team will pitch their business on stage at the Orpheum Theater to investors and community members to celebrate progress to date and to seek additional funding.  The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with pitches from the first group of teams. The keynote address will then take place at 4:00 p.m. followed by the remaining pitches.

The Honorable Edward B. Montgomery, dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, professor of economics, and former chief economist to the White House, will be the keynote speaker. He plans to discuss the importance of entrepreneurial activities as key for the future economic success of the country, and especially in communities such as Memphis.

More than 750 attendees are expected, ranging from successful entrepreneurs to regional and community leaders and investors from throughout the Mid-South and even areas such as St. Louis, San Francisco and Singapore.

Start Co. operates four accelerator programs, Seed Hatchery, Upstart, Sparkgap and Sky High. Each is a 14-week intensive program created for entrepreneurs with high-growth startup ideas.