Athens Startup Showcase

Five startups from the Four Athens community presented to a select group of influential supporters at the Athens Startup Showcase in Atlanta last Tuesday, June 9th. The event took place at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead, with the support of Thinc UGA. Among the attendees were several UGA alumni and successful startup founders now active in the startup scene across Atlanta.



Sean Durkin and Eugene Yukin of Axon Tutors

To represent Athens to this impressive audience and demonstrate the breadth of talent and savvy found in the Four Athens member community, the five startup companies invited to speak included:


Axon Tutors – Founder Sean Durkin and new CEO Eugene Yukin discussed their company’s innovative approach to a common problem: undergraduate students’ needs for quality tutoring and tutors’ needs for flexible scheduling and reliable payment.

Cogent Education – Founder and CEO Tom Robertson demonstrated some of the remarkable multimedia immersive learning software his company develops for science education that includes real-time teacher tracking features.

NeoGalactics – Winners of the 2015 VT Hack competition, this new “startup space company” seeks to bring outer space within everyone’s reach through the design and production of low-cost telescopes and satellites.

Seller Labs – Co-founder Brandon Checkett highlighted the success of this e-commerce tech startup helping Amazon merchants succeed with specialized tools for maximizing the impact of using the popular online marketplace.

SidePrize – Founder Adam Wexler described his newest endeavor as “PayPal for Fantasy Sports” where friends can bet on their own fantasy sports matchups and collect winnings without fuss.



Jared Bybee, head of THINC UGA

After a brief introduction by Four Athens Director Jim Flannery, each company delivered a concise and compelling presentation of their startup. Jared Ruiz Bybee, Director of Thinc UGA, described the Athens entrepreneurial community to the gathering in Atlanta by saying, “Athens and UGA are chocked full of smart and ambitious people working on real world problems. As we create a healthy community for entrepreneurship and innovation on and off campus, I think you will see the number of startups grow exponentially.”


Keeping with the evening’s theme of showcasing Athens-based companies, guests enjoyed coffee provided by Jittery Joe’s, and a variety of beer from popular Athens breweries Creature Comforts and Terrapin, as they mingled for a power hour of networking following the presentations.


Athens Startup Showcase guest table


We hope this is the first of more Athens Startup Showcase events to take place in Atlanta, and other cities across the southeast, to continue spreading the word about the unique brand of startups created here in Classic City, a town unlike any other.

Tamara Neff
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