Tuesday, February 06, 2018 12:47 AM

DALTON, GA., KICKSTARTING ITS BUSINESS ACCELERATOR

More Info www.pitchdia.com Rob Bradham Rob Bradham Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Aimed at spurring more entrepreneurship, Dalton, Ga., is starting up an innovation incubator downtown along with a competition where people can pitch business ideas to potential investors. The Dalton Innovation Accelerator (DIA) is going into the historic, six-level Landmark Building on Hamilton Street where about 1,800-square-feet of space will be carved out to hold entrepreneurs and the services to help them grow their ideas. Rob Bradham, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce's chief executive, said the accelerator - a first in the city - is not just aimed at high-tech companies, but more broadly at entrepreneurs. Companies located in the space will have access to mentors and other successful business people from whom they can learn, he said. "It will put entrepreneurs in the same space so they can learn from each other," Bradham added. Also, a competition dubbed PitchDIA is slated for May 15 where entrepreneurs or teams can compete for prizes and try to woo investors. The winner will take home $5,000 in cash and more than $15,000 in services. Prizes also will be awarded for the second and third place teams, Bradham said. ...

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