The South’s best early- to growth-stage companies invited to apply to present to top investors on May 11-13 at College of Charleston TD Arena
DIG SOUTH Tech Summit has announced its call for startups to join Wild Pitch on May 11-13, 2022 at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Wild Pitch is the perfect opportunity for startups from across the South to connect with more than 250 strategic investors, corporate-startup collaborators, key influencers and other founders.
There is no charge to apply to join Wild Pitch and companies who are accepted will receive two complimentary badges to DIG SOUTH Tech Summit, May 11-13, 2022. Applications to join DIG SOUTH Tech Summit’s Wild Pitch 2022 are currently open through December 31, 2021 – APPLY NOW!
Billed as “The South’s Capitol of Capital,” the prize for the 2022 Wild Pitch is a $5000 corporate membership to DIG NATION: The South’s Tech Tribe. Check out the benefits at dignation.co. In addition to Wild Pitch, DIG SOUTH Tech Summit will offer opportunities for startups to exhibit, network in the investor lounge, participate in speed-dating for startups, catch speaker sessions and enjoy happy hours and dine arounds across the Charleston Peninsula.
WHO IS INVITED TO PITCH AT DIG SOUTH?
Each year, the call for startups to join the Wild Pitch is open to early, seed and growth-stage founders and companies who reside in the 16 states + DC considered by the U.S. Census Bureau to comprise the South. This includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
WILD PITCH SCHEDULE AT DIG SOUTH TECH SUMMIT
- Mainstage, Session 1: 10 growth-stage companies with annual recurring revenue of $2 million and above pitch to a panel of judges.
- Mainstage, Session 2: 10 early-stage companies that have officially launched into the market and are generating revenue pitch to a panel of judges.
- Sidestage, Session 3: 10 early-stage companies that have officially launched into the market and are generating revenue will be invited to give pitches on a sidestage for practice and feedback.
STARTUP–INVESTOR NETWORKING AT DIG SOUTH TECH SUMMIT
- Startup Alley: 50+ exhibitor spaces featuring a curated co-hort of the South’s hottest startups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Speed-Dating for Startups: An invitation-only opportunity to join this round robin of meet and greets with investors.
- Investor Lounge: Mingle with angels, VCs, private equity and other accredited investors throughout the Summit in the Investor Lounge.
APPLICATION & SELECTION DATES
- December 31, 2021: Applications are currently open here through the end of the year.
- February 2, 2022: Startups are notified of acceptance into DIG SOUTH Tech Summit’s Wild Pitch.
WHY DEMO AT WILD PITCH?
DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch is the South’s Capitol of Capital, the first and foremost event specifically welcoming startups from across the region, many from the nation’s top accelerators and incubators such as Queen City Fintech, Techstars, Bridge Community, ComcastNBCUniversal’s The Farm, The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and dozens of others.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF WILD PITCH?
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch has presented more than 500 companies to the South’s top investors and investors across the nation. Many startups have received funding each year, with two appearing on Shark Tank, two winning Revolution Venture’s Rise of the Rest tour and more than 100 joining Techstars, Queen City Fintech, Co-Labs, The Harbor and other accelerators around the region.
ABOUT DIG SOUTH TECH SUMMIT
The 10th anniversary of DIG SOUTH Tech Summit will be held May 11-13, 2022 at College of Charleston TD Arena. The Summit connects leading global brands like Amazon, IBM, Oracle and Google to the top tech leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators in the South. More than 2000 attendees will gather in gorgeous Charleston to make deals, share the latest digital trends and build relationships. Curated tracks include emerging technology, digital marketing, business growth, blockchain/crypto/fintech, healthtech and more to be announced. Created by DIG SOUTH Media, the Summit curates 100+ executive-level speakers from leading global brands, fast-growth startups and the media – plus top investors. Visit digsouthtechsummit.com for details.
DIG SOUTH TECH SUMMIT BADGES
DIG SOUTH Tech Summit badges are complimentary with the purchase of an annual membership to DIG NATION: The South’s Tech Tribe, found at dignation.co, or can be purchased separately at digsouthtechsummit.com.
DIG SOUTH TECH SUMMIT SPEAKER LINEUP
Past speakers have included VaynerMedia CEO and internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk, Roadie CEO and founder Marc Gorlin, Casper Co-founder and CEO Philip Krim, Jet.com President Liza Landsman, Essentialism author and podcaster Greg McKeown, and tech leaders from IBM, Twitter, Blackbaud, BoomTown, Revolution Ventures, Benefitfocus, Oracle, Dolby.io, Sharp and hundreds of others over the last nine years. The lineup for 2022 will be announced in January of 2022.
“This is one of the only conferences in my life that I’ve been to more than once. And, I believe that there is an enormous opportunity for some of the biggest brands in the world, biggest companies in the world.”
– Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO, VaynerMedia
“DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch is the South’s capitol of capital, the place where top investors build significant relationships with today’s most scalable startups.”
– DIG SOUTH founder Stanfield Gray.
“If it wasn’t for DIG SOUTH we would not have this new business development with Jet.Com and Walmart.Com,” said Chris Bernat, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder, of Vapor Apparel. “Simply put, Jet had said no until we had the chance to meet the leadership team at DIG SOUTH.”