Curious Connections Event

Curious Connections

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Calling all startups and entrepreneurs! Looking to join a supportive startup ecosystem?

Join us on Thursday, December 1 for Curious Connections at Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners. Serving as a learning and development day, startups and entrepreneurs will hear from industry leaders and interact with VCs to aid the launch and development of their startups. Attendees will learn more about Curiosity Lab’s robust resources and startup program offerings, free to all startups in our ecosystem. A lucky raffle winner will be awarded six months of free desk space at Curiosity Lab’s Innovation Center as they kick off joining Curiosity Lab’s startup ecosystem.

Doors open for the event at 11:45am for lunch and networking to kick off the event.

To follow are 5 robust panels filled with industry leaders and VCs that will share their real-world insights, tips and tricks that will help startups succeed. Topics include:

  • How to Build a Long-Term Business Plan & Well-Rounded Team
  • Making the Jump from “Start-Up” to Revenue
  • Raising Capital
  • How to Craft a Winning VC Pitch
  • Curiosity Lab Start-Up Program Resources

Following the panels, Curiosity Lab partner OVHcloud US will be hosting happy hour and nibbles in the lab for all attendees to network and make connections with panelists, VCs and industry leaders. This happy hour will be celebrating OVHcloud US’ one-year anniversary at Curiosity Lab – this is a party you do not want to miss!

Additional details on the program agenda, panelists and sponsors below.

Interested in joining us on Thursday, December 1? Register below for your free entrance to this event. Spots are limited!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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11:45am – 1pm: Lunch + Networking


1-1:15pm: Welcome – Brandon Branham, Curiosity Lab Executive Director and City of Peachtree Corners Assistant City Manager and CTO


1:20 – 1:50pm: Session 1 – How to Build a Long-Term Business Plan & Well-Rounded Team
Hear from HR, Legal and Business Development Industry Leaders on how a strong business plan and robust team go hand in hand when launching your startup.

Jim Schutz – Troutman Pepper – Partner

Shane Matthews – ATDC – Professional Advisor

Justin Daniels – Baker Donelson – Corporate M&A Counsel, Blockchain, Cybersecurity


1:55 – 2:25pm: Session 2 – Making the Jump from “Start-Up” to Revenue
Unicorns, program leaders and industry-leading consultants come together to help entrepreneurs know how and when to make the official jump from the start-up to revenue stream phase.

Kurt Baumberger – Shadow-Soft – EVP, Strategy & Innovation

Justin Robinson – Pipedream – Strategy & Partnerships – Co-founder of Drizly

Andrew Armour – ITAD Tech – Co-Founder & President


2:30 – 2:50pm: BREAK


2:55 – 3:25pm: Session 3 – Raising Capital
Venture Capital groups and Curiosity Lab partners discuss their $25 million Series A-1 funding and how to navigate raising capital.

Clayton Tino – Beep, Inc. – CTO


3:30 – 4pm: Session 4 – How to Craft a Winning VC Pitch
Seasoned VCs gather for this panel to discuss how to compile and tailor your pitch, in addition to best practices around preparation and follow-ups.

Christy Brown – Female Founder, CEO of Dr. Noze Best, Investor, Startup Accelerator

Jacey Cadet – Atlanta Ventures – VP of Marketing and Community, leads Pitch Practice weekly

Caroline Ford – ATDC – Investor Connect Catalyst

Christopher Lindenau – Fusus – CEO


4:05 – 4:35pm: Session 5 – Curiosity Lab Start-Up Program Resources
Curiosity Lab start-up program leaders share information around each of the programs offered to all start-ups in our ecosystem, and which resources may be best to use based on the stage of your start-up.

Val Chang – Curiosity Lab – Operations Manager

Francois Giraud – OVHcloud US – Startup Program Lead USA

Bob Siegel – ATDC – 5G Connected Future Startup Catalyst

Nick Marcarelli – Shadow-Soft – Vice President

Tiana McNeil – T-Mobile – IoT Lab Program Director

Taujuanna Ware – CEO at Exquisite Marketing, Founder of Single Mom Network & Community Lead at Meta For Developers: Atlanta


4:45pm: Closing Remarks – Brandon Branham, Curiosity Lab Executive Director and City of Peachtree Corners Assistant City Manager and CTO


5pm: OVHcloud US Happy Hour & 1-Year Anniversary Celebration

Close out the learning day with happy hour and nibbles. Network with panelists, VCs, industry leaders and Curiosity Lab startup program leads. In honor of Curiosity Lab partner OVHcloud US’ one-year anniversary at Curiosity Lab – this is a happy hour you will not want to miss!

Event Location: Curiosity Lab Innovation Center – 147 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Event Room and Entrance: Curious Connections will take place in our Innovation Center’s event space on the bottom floor. The main event entrance is the last door, on the bottom floor of the right side of the building. Please see the red stars marked on the map below for entrance points. Signage will guide you once you are on-site.

Event Parking: For event parking, please drive past the Innovation Center building and take a left towards the garage. Any of the parking spaces in this area are available. If parking spaces are full in this area, please feel free to park in open spaces on the right side of the building. Please see the map below for additional context.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Curiosity Lab Operations Manager Valerie Chang at

Map of Innovation Center location with parking

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