Smart Convos was privileged to present at this years Startup Runway! Hosted by the amazing team at Valor Ventures and The Gathering Spot. The pitch contest included 10 finalists with two $10K grand prizes (one awarded by judges, the other by community vote).
The mission of the Startup Runway Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, is introducing top under-represented founders to professional investors. In the last 36 months, their Finalists have raised over $30 million and share that Startup Runway helped tilt their trajectory. It definitely did for us and we were so lucky to be chosen out of the roughly 400 applicants!
Together, we turn the funding gap into an on-ramp at Startup Runway. – Lisa Calhoun, Valor Ventures
They also provided the contestants a mock board meeting focused on helping solve an existing problem the presenting company is facing. We really enjoyed hearing insights from our mock panel, and the solution they provided to our proposed problem was well received! Our mock board guests were very interested in our technology and impressed with what we’ve accomplished in the past year.
Danielle Major, our CEO took the stage a little over halfway through the event to pitch Smart Convos. She talked about how display ad engagement was at an all time low and that people overall have grown tired of the rigmarole online ads bring to a fun online experience. The solution she of course presented was conversational display ads, or convoads. In other words, AI chatbot powered display ad units that can talk about their products or services they’re selling in real time, thus allowing smart conversationsbetween a brand and their audience.
After the pitches, the prizes were awarded to (2) companies; ReSuture, a New Orleans-based company that makes 3-D printed models of human tissue for doctors to practice surgery. and the Community award winner was is Mini City, an Atlanta-based company that uses technology to help homeless people obtain important documents. It was a great event, we connected with so many wonderful people and heard some really amazing feedback from the audience members who our technology really hit home with.
Overall, we didn’t “win” the Runway, but we sure as hell rocked it! Check out the photo gallery below to see for yourself.
On September 12th, Smart Convos showcased at Tech Square ATL’s Fintech and Commerce Show ‘n Tell. Show ‘n Tell is a hybrid community science fair displaying how different Fortune 500
companies, startups and researchers in Tech Square are disrupting FinTech and Commerce. Attendees at this event were able to hear predictions from experts and view experiments ranging from cutting edge prototypes to fully deployed systems.
We had a great booth to display our technology and show and tell everything about our conversational marketing software. People loved learning about how our solution to display ads is different and innovative. Being able to speak your voice in an exchange like advertising, it’s a interesting twist on what people would normally expect from ads known to be quite boring.
Smart Convos was thrilled to be featured on Business RadioX, a leading source of business news that features “long-form” interviews with new and upcoming companies.
Our CEO Danielle shared the story of the company in her conversation with hostStone Payton. She explained the potential of ConvoAds and the value behind talking with your customers. Stone was intrigued at the concept of a Conversational Advertisement and asked some great questions about how it could be used to promote a company like his own.
Smart Convos was featured as a showcase company at the Atlanta Inno “Women in Innovation Panel” on Thursday, August 15th. It was an honor to stand alongside other female led technology companies that are leading the way in innovation in Atlanta.
This event was also special because one of the company’s advisers, Jacqui Chew, was a part of the panel and spoke about her passion for lifting up companies with female CEO’s. Jacqui also shared her advice on how to succeed as a woman in the technology startup world. The full panel included:
Danielle Major, CEO and Amanda Bieger, COO, were honored to be invited to be judges at the Coca Cola Innovation Contest. This annual event gives Coca Cola employees the opportunity to present innovative ides and “disrupt Coke.” Since the Coca Cola team wanted experts on disruption and startup hustle, they came to the company that is disrupting Display Advertising with Conversational AI.
Coke’s LEAP Innovation program is truly fascinating. It was a privilege to not only participate and judge, but to be in the think tank room inside one of the biggest brands in the world. – Danielle Major
The LEAP Innovation program was quite a sight to see. They challenged their mid-level employees to find a problem, create a solution, build a MVP and then pitch it – IN JUST 1 Week! Our CEO Danielle gave them advice on the process of building their MVP’s on day one. She shared that every problem has a solution, and that solution must be hypothesized and tested. Questions to ask yourself include: Is your solution plausible? Is the problem your solving big enough? How will your solution effect the world as a whole, or industries all together?
She also discussed how to pitch and what to focus on during their 7 minute pitch. They were advised to tell a story while also being concise, to-the-point and focused on the problem / solution. As an avid “pitch practicer” (from Atlanta Tech Village) she even shared her 30 second pitch for Smart Convos as an example of a basic startup business pitch.
We wish we could tell you more about all the great ideas the teams brought and they judged, but we can’t! Out of 5 teams there was 1 winner, and this idea was truly disruptive, not only for Coke as a brand but for the environment and beverage consumption all together. Let’s hope we see it come to life within the company in the next few years, it would be game changing.
Thanks for having us Coke, see you again soon at the SUMMIT Innovations program in September!