ATLANTA – Nine startups with connections to North Carolina have been selected to participate in Venture Atlanta Conference, the largest annual tech investment conference in the Southeast.

Five will be among the 36 companies presenting – Spiffy, Processmaker, Zaloni and Charlotte’s Rent Ready and Stratifyd – during the two-day event scheduled for October 16-17.

Three more startups – Raleigh’s Coworks and Allstacks and Chapel Hill’s – are being billed as “Startup Showcase” companies. They will get the chance to exhibit in a special area, providing “sneak peeks” into their plans and products.

Also participating is Toucan AI, artificial intelligence (AI) startup founded by two Duke University grads Arjun Devarajan and Vishnu Menon, now based in Atlanta.

“With over one-third of the presenting companies coming from outside Georgia, Venture Atlanta is becoming Venture Southeast,” Paul Iaffaldano, managing partner of BIP Capital and head of the Venture Atlanta selection committee, said in a statement.

“After receiving hundreds of applicants – 50 percent more than last year – the 2019 list of top companies includes the best and brightest, representing more than ten states from Texas to Virginia.”

Venture Atlanta is expected to draw a crowd of over 1,000 technology entrepreneurs, investors and key executives from across the country.

The event will take place at Southern Exchange @ 200 Peachtree. Atlanta- based independent investment management firm, Invesco, is this year’s premier sponsor with Cherry Bekaert, Nelson Mullins and SunTrust as additional headline sponsors.

Techstars will help kick off the conference on October 14 with Techstars Atlanta 2019 Demo Day in partnership with Cox Enterprises.

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