USPAAC-SE What’s Your Pitch Competition Co-hosted by Atlanta MBDA Centers

Atlanta MBDA Centers clients Moisture Love, SquarePac LTD., and Edea are three of the 20 semi-finalists that will compete in June 2019 at the National Semi-Final and Final Rounds of the USPAACC-SE “What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market” Pitch Competition.

These companies competed in the Regional Preliminary Round at Georgia Tech on Friday pitching innovative ideas and products like financial tools, environmentally friendly customized packaging solutions and moisture enhancing hair products for women of color. The panel of judges ranged from Fortune 1000 Corporations, Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. Five finalists are selected for the Final Round to receive a total value of $100,000 in cash prizes and services.

“What’s Your Pitch: Innovations Meet the Market” is hosted by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) in partnership with the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University.

Top 5 at each Regional Preliminary Competition will win cash prizes for travel and accommodation to National Semi-Final and Final Rounds.

Semifinal Round

June 4, 2019 | Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

(20 semifinalists will be chosen)

Final Round

June 5, 2019 | Hilton-Americas Houston

(At CelebrASIAN Procurement + Business Conference)

Startups that join the Elimination round will:

  • Be a part of USPAACC Pitch Alums Social Group and connect with past competitions’ semi-finalists and finalists.
  • Join USPAACC Young Entrepreneur Membership which will give access to discounted and/or free National and regional events.
  • Attend USPAACC CelebrAsian 2019 Procurement and Business Conference, the largest gathering of Asian American B2B business in the United States.
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with potential angel investors, venture capitalists, high growth entrepreneurs, potential partners, access to clients, Corporation Executives and SME business owners at USPAACC CelebrAsian 2019.
  • 4 Finalists will receive:
  • Cash-prizes only, no equity or ownership from investors.
  • 30-minute one-on-one Coaching session with successful Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.
  • PR articles on USPAACC website and credible marketing value to finalists.
  • Startup names on USPAACC “What’s Your Pitch” site and social media platforms.
  • One-on-one advisory meetings with USPAACC professionals to help guide your business strategy.
  • Matched mentorship opportunities and ability to gain business guidance from those who have expertly pioneered your industry.

Atlanta MBDA Centers Client SquarePac Wins $100K in First-Ever National Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs Challenge

Finalists of the Meda $1 Million Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs

Minority-owned Georgia business provides environmental, cost- saving solutions.

By Asha Morton

Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency Business (MBDA) Center client SquarePac was one of nine winning minority business enterprises (MBEs) that shared in the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s $1 Million Challenge Powered by Chase.

SquarePac, which was awarded $100,000 in financing, was one of 250 MBE teams vying for the challenge prize money at the Jan. 30, 2019 event held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Austell, Georgia-based SquarePac, an intelligent packaging solutions company, bore the brunt of the -12-degree weather to pitch its eco-friendly solutions to become one of the finalist teams.

The company uses its design and metal fabrication expertise to create solutions that help clients maximize space, reduce freight, save money, and promote safety.

Comprised of a team that has more than 100 years of combined industry experience, SquarePac has been helping companies to optimize supply chains and save money in logistics since 2013.

The Atlanta MBDA Business Center and sister program, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, provide business and technical assistance to help emerging and existing MBEs achieve significant growth and meet sustainability objectives. The Atlanta MBDA Centers, which are programs of the Georgia Institute of Technology and funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, aim to create long-term economic impact in Georgia through the creation of jobs and revenue.

“Partnering with the Atlanta MBDA has given us national exposure,” said Walter Griggs, SquarePac’s president and founder.

Griggs said his company also benefited from programs such as the Atlanta MBDA Centers’ National MBE Manufacturers Summit, which provide MBE manufacturers with the opportunity to meet and make connections with global enterprises.

“We met Ingersoll Rand through the Summit and because of that opportunity we were able to become a strategic supplier to the company and worked on a returnable packaging and pallet racking and shelving projects for them,” Griggs said, adding the company’s other clients include Georgia Power, Cox Enterprises, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown Atlanta.

“Being a part of the Atlanta MBDA Business Center has given us access to corporate clients that we otherwise would not have been exposed to,” Griggs said.

About the Atlanta MBDA Business Center

As part of a national network of 42 centers, the Atlanta MBDA Business Center helps minority business enterprises (MBEs) access capital, increase profitability, and scale and grow their businesses. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Atlanta MBDA Business Center is a program of part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, which is Georgia Tech’s economic development arm, and is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development. To learn more, please visit mbdabusinesscenter-atlanta.org.