The Atlanta MBDA Centers Connects Innovative Minority Business Enterprises with Funded Opportunities

The NEXTTECH 2020 launch introduced an innovative matchmaking series presented by the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Centers. This program was established to connect minority business enterprises (MBEs) to technology-driven opportunities and partnerships.

NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day will match MBEs to decision-makers during a series of virtual meetings and presentations over the next six months.

The first NEXTTECH 2020 presentation on May 19 was in collaboration with the Department of Energy and focused on energy storage challenges. The Department of Energy shared a list of energy storage needs to be addressed through market-ready technology solutions.
(To see the Department of Energy NEXTTECH 2020 presentation, click here.)

The NEXTTECH 2020 series will continue on July 21, 2020, with a need to solve training challenges through the use of artificial reality, virtual reality and simulation technology.

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NEXTTECH 2020 Pitchday: July Meeting Recap

The second virtual meeting of the NEXTTECH 2020 Pitch Day series unveiled challenges presented by Zel Technologies, Inc. and Georgia Green Energy Services. Both companies have allocated funding for training solutions using augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence or simulation technology, with a goal to enhance skill training opportunities and to make teaching and learning easier.

Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with capable market-ready technology will have one-on-one meetings with these corporations to pitch and sell their services. This event is free to qualified MBEs and hosted by the Atlanta Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Advanced Manufacturing Center with funding from the Department of Commerce MBDA.
Applications for this challenge will be accepted until July 31, 2020.

Complete list of challenges below:

  • Provide simulated training, safety, and education to systemically reduce the number of harmful injuries, accidents, hazardous risks, and lack of resourceful training.
  • Uniquely impact training and education for new and experienced technicians to become experts within their industry.
  • Produce high-level technicians in correlation with their field experience.
  • Seeking technology to create an AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithm that can learn crowd behavior from detected entities in Full Motion Video in simulated environments.