The Atlanta International Startup Exchange, a program launched by software solutions company Sage, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, and Invest Atlanta, has announced the Atlanta and UK startups that will be traveling across the pond for a week this Fall.
From Atlanta, two startups will travel to Newcastle, an Atlanta sister city, for a week in October to attend the Venture Fest North East event, meet with UK investors and leaders, and learn more about their startup scene. These companies are Baby Logger, an IoT-connected system of devices and apps that helps parents record their baby’s activities; and Qoins, a Fintech startup that allows users to funnel spare change from everyday transactions to automatically pay off their debt.
Noelle London, Invest Atlanta’s Manager of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, says these startups were chosen for their ability to scale internationally.
“Invest Atlanta is so pleased to have startups Qoins and BabyLogger participate in this year’s Startup Exchange. These companies represent FinTech and Health IT, two key industries supported through Atlanta’s startup community,” says London. “Both companies demonstrate tremendous potential for international scalability because they fill a market need and are focused on their respective industries within the UK.”
At the same time, four UK startups will travel to Atlanta to participate in events like Venture Atlanta, the largest venture investor conference in the southeast, and Cyber Week, a cybersecurity-focused investor event. These startups are: Drone Ops, which conducts R&D on Small Unmanned Aerial Systems and robotic technologies; Recite Me, a cloud-based web accessibility solution; Citizen, which uses biometric technology to help organizations validate identity to grow customer engagement and combat fraud; and Immersive Labs, a cyber assessment platform which helps companies measure current cyber skills, identify hidden cyber talent and develop new cyber skills.
“Both Atlanta and Newcastle are thriving cities with strong innovation and entrepreneurial communities. I am confident that these six companies will make new connections and generate innovative ideas from their participation in the exchange,” says Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
For Newcastle-based Sage, which has its North American headquarters in Atlanta, the Startup Exchange is a way to provide a natural bridge between the cities.
“Without question, Atlanta has become a hotbed for international business builders. This, coupled with a strong growing ecosystem of technology innovation, is why we chose to establish our North American headquarters here just a few years ago,” says Nancy Harris, managing director of Sage North America.