DALTON, Ga. Doing business across the Southeast, Dalton-based Inventure IT has worked with a number of business accelerators, programs that provide startup firms with office space, mentorship and support services.
"We saw those be successful in other communities and wanted to bring that model to Dalton," said Stacey Roach, chief operating officer of Inventure, a full-service technology company that provides services for companies and government.
He and his partners began putting together the Dalton Innovation Accelerator and soon they were joined by Advanced Insurance Strategies, Barrett Properties, Believe Greater Dalton, Dalton State College, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Luna Design, the Minor Firm and the Morehouse Group.
The group is holding a contest to decide which firms will be the first to win office space and other services.
"We've got a website set up for people to submit their business ideas, and we will bring them in to actually pitch their ideas like in the TV show 'Shark Tank,'" Roach said. "We are working on the judges now."
The first place winner will get $5,000 as well as office space in the Landmark Building downtown, webhosting and technology consulting services, as well as accounting, legal and design services. There will also be prizes ...