Aug. 15, 2012
(NYSE: PGi), a global leader in virtual meetings for over 20 years, today announced its support of Start Up Atlanta, a city-wide initiative produced by Invest Atlanta, Technology Association of
, Venture Atlanta and the
City of Atlanta
. As the lead corporate sponsor of the upcoming "
: Telling Our Story" video contest for entrepreneurs, PGi is donating
in seed funding and a one-year iMeet
subscription license for Start Up Atlanta to award to one grand prize winner. In addition, PGi will offer free, three-month trials of iMeet to all contestants who participate.
Launched in 2011, iMeet is PGi's next-generation, cloud-based video conferencing product that enables up to 15 people to meet face-to-face online – from their desk or on-the-go. iMeet is one tool for video, web and audio meetings.
Innovation Runs Deep at PGi, Vital to Atlanta's Future
PGi was founded in
in 1991 and today has approximately 1,700 employees in 25 countries worldwide. "Although we are a global company,
is our foundation, our home," said PGi founder, chairman and CEO,
. "PGi has been a leader in the
technology and business communities for over 20 years, and innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We have enjoyed our own success and want to encourage the next generation to push the envelope. Our technology can give entrepreneurs the tools to think big and make an impact in our city, even change the world."
According to the
Koffman Index of 2012 Entrepreneurial Activity
averages 500 new startups per month – among the highest in the country. In addition,
public colleges and universities are spending more than
annually on research and development.
"It's commendable that PGi is making a significant commitment to
's early stage business growth," said
. "I applaud PGi as a leading sponsor of Start Up Atlanta for its dedication to
and our many entrepreneurs."
Start Up Atlanta Video Contest Designed to Inspire
-based companies can enter the contest by posting a video of 60-120 seconds in length to YouTube
and sending a link to the video to Invest Atlanta at
. Videos must express the company's goals, why the company will "change the world" and what the entrepreneur likes most about living in
. Winners will be selected based on popular vote (receiving the greatest number of online "likes" for the video). Voting will close at
October 14, 2012
. The top five finalists' videos will be featured at Venture Atlanta, the largest venture capital conference in the Southeast, in front of hundreds of venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and fellow entrepreneurs on
October 17-18, 2012
For complete rules and regulations about the video contest please visit
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