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Inaugural PitchDIA finalists announced in Dalton

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After receiving more than 60 applications from entrepreneurs, business and community leaders in Dalton have announced the finalists for the inaugural PitchDIA competition.

"DIA" stands for "Dalton Innovation Accelerator."

The PitchDIA finalists, according to a release from the Dalton Chamber of Commerce, are:

  • K12 Logistics – K12 logistics is a platform that intends to transform the way educational attainment and standards are designed, implemented, and measured. The specific focus of this venture is the acquisition of essential skills and progress along the pyramid of intervention.
  • Le-Glue – Le-Glue is a revolutionary product; a patented, non-permanent glue for building blocks, allowing for reusability when immersed in water. Le-Glue has been well publicized recently and is already well on its way to success, but the founders see the benefit in progressing through the pitch, mentoring, and accelerator process.
  • Expedition Outside (Ex Out) – Ex Out proposes an electronic marketplace to match rural and suburban land owners with recreational land users seeking to engage with nature. The founders’ goal is to address the increasing disconnect between our population and their environment.

The Dalton Chamber of Commerce says the winning team takes home $5,000 cash and more than $15,000 worth of services. Prizes will also be awarded for the second and third place teams. All of the finalists will be offered space in Northwest Georgia’s first accelerator program, Dalton Innovation Accelerator (DIA). Investors will also be in attendance at PitchDIA.

The Dalton Innovation Accelerator, or DIA, was founded in 2017 by an association of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals, and community leaders, aimed at furthering entrepreneurial growth in the Dalton-Whitfield County area.

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PitchDIA is scheduled for May 15, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Stage 123 (123 Gordon Street, Dalton, GA 30720) in downtown Dalton. The event will be preceded by a block party at 5:00 pm in the 100 block of Gordon Street. PitchDIA is a free event, and the public and press are encouraged to attend.

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