Startup Atlanta Celebrates Winners at Annual Startup Awards

Startup Atlanta, the premier advocate for Atlanta’s vibrant startup ecosystem, recognized the city’s most successful startup entrepreneurs and leaders Thursday night at its third annual Atlanta Startup Awards.

The event took place on the historic campus of Clark Atlanta University in front of an audience of more than 100 startup leaders from around the Metro Atlanta region. Award-winning journalist Rose Scott, host of “Closer Look” on Atlanta’s NPR station 90.1 FM – WABE, served as Master of Ceremonies.

This year’s award winners were selected in eight (8) categories:

Scrappiest Startup:

The Lola– a Members Club, Workspace and Community designed for Women by Women.

Community Builder:

Holly Beilin– Director. Engage Ventures

B2C Startup:

Steady App that allows people to find jobs fast, seek financial advice and save money with deals on everything from healthcare plans to tax help.

Social Impact Startup:

Secure Data Kit– works with leading health organizations around the globe with data collection and analysis.

B2B Startup:

RoadSync a digital payment platform for the transportation industry that streamlines the payment experience for warehouses, and freight handlers.

Art of Pivot:

Carbice a nano-materials company that manufactures and sells a new form of carbon that improves performance across a variety of applications.

Growth Stage:

LeaseQuery – an enterprise lease accounting software that simplifies accounting for leases and enables organizations to easily comply with the new standards and regulations.

Equity Champion:

Monica McCoy– Founder, MonicaMotivates, LLC

This year’s event also presented its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Bernie Dixon, Founder/CEO, Launchpad2X and Chairman Emeritus, Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA); as well as long-time investor Charlie Paparelli, Founder/President, Paparelli Ventures.

In addition to recognizing this year’s award winners, the event also presented a fireside chat segment, entitled Where are They Now” which looks at the progress of past Startup Award Winners. The chat was moderated by Urban Geekz Founder/Publisher, Kunbi Tinuoye and featured Joey Womack, Founder/CEO of Goodie Nation and Dan D’Aquisto, Founder/CEO of 2U Laundry.

Hosted by the CAU School of Business Administration in collaboration with the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Third Annual Atlanta Startup Awards was made possible by sponsors such as Invest AtlantaCollibraCarlton FieldsMetro Atlanta Chamber, and Twilio.

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About Startup Atlanta

Startup Atlanta is a community non-profit with a mission to connect, promote, and expand Atlanta’s vibrant startup ecosystem to bolster the creation of jobs, companies and wealth. Startup Atlanta achieves this by producing and publishing the annual Startup Atlanta Ecosystem Guide, a co-created community resource featuring a comprehensive list of entrepreneur support organizations in the greater Atlanta region. Startup Atlanta leads with strategic programming and partnerships: co-facilitating the quarterly Community Partners Lunch, the annual Startup Awards, and Atlanta Startup Week.  For more information, visit