What is the
The BridgeCommunity is a unique program designed to engineer
and accelerate relationships between early-stage startups and
—— Connect with startups that fit core business needs
with first mover competitive advantage
—— Network with fellow Corporate Members, share insights,
collaborate & learn from each other
—— Support the local community through targeted
Startups receive world-class enterprise sales, marketing, and
negotiations training, plus coaching throughout the program as
they look to launch pilots with Corporate Members.
Corporations receive targeted introductions, help streamlining
pilots and minimizing roadblocks, and enjoy a peer-to-peer
component to learn from each other’s innovation practices.
The Bridge by Coca-Cola began in 2014 as a collaboration
between The Coca-Cola Company and the entrepreneurial tech
community in Tel Aviv, Israel. The program helps corporations
approach thinking, planning and executing in innovative
ways through meaningful relationships with startups. In 2016,
Coca-Cola launched a second commercialization program
in Atlanta, Ga. The Atlanta BridgeCommunity helps cultivate
the entrepreneurial ecosystem through startup engagement,
partnerships and a local community initiative to help raise the
technical skill level from high school onwards. Since inception,
74 startups have participated in the program, and nine
corporations have served as partners, including Mercedes-Benz
and Turner in Tel Aviv, Capgemini, COX Enterprises, MailChimp,
Porsche North America, SunTrust Bank, IHG and The Weather
Company in Atlanta.
To learn more about joining the program refer to the last page
and connect with the executive team.
“There are accelerators and there are
incubators, and then there’s the Bridge
Community. The ability to connect our
swiftest and most disruptive startups with
corporate partners who can actually use
their technology has become a hallmark
in metro Atlanta, and has helped us shine
the light on our technology ecosystem.”
Senior Director, Technology Ecosystem
Expansion. Metro Atlanta Chamber
Big Team brings seamless feedback to companies and
BigTeam is replacing the “survey” with an award winning
user experience and new advances in machine learning.
BigTeam allows marketing, product, customer and
innovation teams to stress test their product, campaign,
design or content ideas with their entire network from
one platform. Users upload what they’re working on,
and BigTeam will use machine learning to automatically
suggest 5-7 questions as well as a list of who in their
network has the right expertise to provide feedback. All
feedback is then filtered through our NLP platform to
immediately show the dominant trends in the feedback as
well as suggestions on what to fix first. Agencies can use
it to connect their global network, while companies can
use it to engage their employee base and customers.
Aquagenuity provides easy access to real-time water
Aquagenuity provides data-driven solutions for the global
water crisis with the world’s first intelligent water quality
database & ratings system driven by real-time water
quality data. Aquagenuity helps corporations mitigate
water-related risks & better engage consumers. Founder
and data scientist Doll Avant spent two years aggregating
water quality data (from the EPA & research partners) for
the entire country into the only database of its kind. The
proprietary database now fuels a suite of apps - currently
in market for corporations; coming soon for consumers &
Trevor Wolfe, CEO
Doll Avant, CEO
Keith Carter, Founder
Filtered is a platform to hire technical talent on ability
not on resumes.
Filtered.ai removes unconscious bias from hiring technical
talent with objective based coding evaluations and video
interviewing. Filtered is a platform used by startups,
Fortune 500 companies and staffing firms, helping
companies hire better engineers based on ability, not
resumes, allowing non-technical teams all over the world
to feel empowered hiring engineers.
Derek Bugley, Head of Growth
Paul Bilodeau, CEO
Henry Morris, Head of Sales
Evisort is artificial intelligence for contracts.
Save time and costs while improving operations by
activating the data within your organization’s contracts.
Evisort can find contracts stored in different systems
mixed with other documents and classify them based
on date, subject matter and type. Evisort then extracts
important operational details - renewal dates, clauses,
terms, and party names. Evisort’s platform works across
all documents, including scanned PDF’s, non-standard
contracts and amendments, helping drive sales, ensure
compliance, inform procurement, and support strategic
planning and financial analysis.
Jerry Ting, CEO
Memme Onwudiwe, EVP Sales
937 902 7038
Riley Hawkins, Director of BD
Fyiio is a tutorial management platform for creating
guides that work.
How many times have you tried watching or reading a
tutorial and were frustrated? fyiio is working to make sure
that never happens again by helping companies onboard,
train and support customers more effectively including
guidance on creating short-form video and written
tutorials tailored to how people prefer to learn.
Graph Story offers graph databases as a service.
Graph databases are about the value of relationships that
exist between data to uncover valuable patterns, increase
visibility of risks, and find bottlenecks. Graph Story
provides an on-demand Database as a Service (DBaaS)
focused on graph data & analytics in retail, manufacturing,
supply chain & logisitcs, IoT and finance.
Alex Kuklinski, CEO
Greg Jordan, CEO
MoQuality is a self-learning artificial intelligence that
tests mobile apps better than humans.
MoQuality’s vision is a world of software where AI
automatically tests apps and find issues before users
run into them, allowing developers to address them and
launch perfect products.
Shauvik Roy Choudhary, CEO & Cofounder
Inspector 6 is an AI-powered brand analytics tool.
Inspector 6 is using AI to change the way that companies
define, manage, measure, and build their brands.
Managing your brand is hard. It takes time to review
creative assets to make sure that they are on-brand.
That is time your team doesn’t have. As a result, people
from across the organization are producing sales and
marketing communications that are off-brand and off-
message. It breaks down your brand identity and hinders
your ability to grow.
John Wolf, Founder
NeuroLex Laboratories empowers patients with tools
to measure their overall health through collecting and
analyzing speech samples.
NeuroLex is the only deep learning / machine learning
platform to focus exclusively on voice data with two
products: SurveyLex and ModLex. ModLex is a machine
learning tool to build machine learning models from
voice files. All that’s needed are two folders of audio/
video files to export a model file for customers to deploy,
deploying faster and at a 10x cost reduction. SurveyLex
is a voice-enabled survey tool. With this product, survey
takers speak, as opposed to type, their responses to
survey questions and applies machine learning algorithms
to auto-label features such as age, gender, ethnicity,
and mood for responses, leading to authentic survey
responses, 1.5x reduced number of survey questions,
up to 5x reduced survey fraud, and up to 2x higher
Pass it Down is a digital storytelling platform innovating
how cities tell their story.
Pass It Down is an award-winning digital storytelling platform
that innovates how communities, museums and businesses
tell their story. Storytelling is the most powerful way to put
ideas into the world but most businesses and communities
and museums don’t know how to bring their stories to life.
Pass It Down is comprised of award-winning technologists
and storytellers that use our platform technology to collect,
preserve and share stories in a fun and intuitive way. Our
main clients are in two channels: 1) community history (cities,
museums, and libraries) and 2) Organizational Knowledge
(Businesses and non-profits)
Jim Schwoebel, CEO
Christopher Cummings, Founder & CEO
Josh Waggoner, Creative Director
Rodger Maarfi, CTO
Sidewalk helps tech companies and lifestyle brands
close more sales to SMBs.
Selling to SMBs is like boiling the ocean. There’s no
authoritative source for SMB data and analytics that
measures where consumers go, what products they
consume, and who they are. Sidewalk provides business
intelligence for field sales, market insights, brand
managers, and innovation teams that enables them to
grow sales and market share faster with influential SMBs.
Sidewalk helps customers find their ideal SMB client.
Mo Yehia, Crossing Guard
2017 Pilot Spotlight Coca-Cola Pilots
with Reply.ai to Drive
in sub-Saharan Africa
Reply.ai, the AI-powered customer experience
platform, has landed a pilot with Coca-Cola during their
participation in the Atlanta BridgeCommunity program.
The startup enables businesses to scale personalized, 1:1
communication with their customers across messaging
and voice channels, in any market or language, all while
maintaining the highest security standards. Reply.ai works
with Samsung, Kia, and Ryanair to facilitate their B2C
communication via chatbots and is the only startup to
make Forrester Research’s ranking of “Top 10 Chatbots
for Enterprise Customer Support.”
Reply.ai became aware of the BridgeCommunity through
an accelerator in the commercialization program’s
referral network. Co-founder, Clara de Soto, joined the
BridgeCommunity to expand her startup’s corporate
network and put a framework around the corporate sales
cycle Reply.ai was navigating on their own.
The workshops and toolkit
provided gave us a
concrete look into the
best way to get into
enterprises, build a pilot,
work through KPI’s and
move into an agreement.
We finally saw the process
in black and white.
—Clara de Soto,
In the BridgeCommunity’s Connect Days, each startup
meets with interested corporation participants on their
home turf to discuss piloting opportunities. Reply.ai’s
meetings with Coca-Cola sparked immediate internal
interest. Word spread that a bot startup had been hand
selected to work with the company. When Coca-Cola’s
West Africa Business Unit circulated they were looking
to start a consumer engagement bot initiative, Reply.ai
surfaced as an obvious option given their participation in
Our Connect Days were some of the best corporate
meetings we’ve ever had. It was clear all of the
right people were in the room and we left with a
stamp of approval internally.
—Clara de Soto, Co-founder, Reply.ai
Waithera Kabiru, Digital Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola
Central, East and West Africa, is working with Repy.ai for
Coca-Cola’s Under The Crown Promotion in Mauritius,
Africa. When a consumer buys a Coca-Cola product,
they receive a unique code under the cap to redeem
digital prizes from Coke’s flagship TV and Online show
on the continent, Coke Studio Africa. This code unlocks
access to exclusive music content that is teen centric
and uniquely African, packaged as playlists and ringback
tones suitable for mobile consumption. In most sub-
One of the most exciting things about this project
is that although Mauritius is a small island, the
impact of a Facebook Messenger chatbot can be
enormous in terms of one-on-one engagement. For
the 2017 Coke Studio Under the Crown Promotion,
we took a mobile first approach to provide a
seamless experience for the consumers, on a
platform (Facebook) that they spend a lot of time
Mauritius is home to 1.28 million people with a
striking internet penetration rate of 63%. When
Mauritians go online, 720K of them are monthly
active users of Facebook, which is about 60% of the
population of the island.* The chatbot from Reply.
ai is the first step in providing a consumer driven
—Waithera Kabiru, Coca-Cola,
Central, East and West Africa
Coca-Cola chose Reply.ai not only because of the
seamless user experience, but also for their platform’s
easy integration into all of the necessary internal systems
and security requirements. Since inception, Reply.ai
has been working to ensure their platform is as globally
capable as possible - building in features so companies
can scale bots across messaging channels and markets.
A prudent decision, as Mauritius is just a part of Reply.ai’s
Coca-Cola’s West Africa Business Unit is looking to
expand it fairly swiftly across other markets as piloting
benchmarks are hit, starting with Nigeria. Reply.ai has a
code-free bot building interface so expansion is as easy
as spinning up another account for the next market and
*Source: Digital in 2017: Hootsuite We are Social
Saharan markets, code redemption relies on traditional
mobile platforms such as SMS, which are expensive for
consumers due to the long consumer journey. Through
Reply.ai’s chatbot, Coca-Cola in Mauritius is able to
create one-on-one meaningful engagements with
consumers who participate in the promotion.
The chatbot experience is mostly guided, with the
ability for users to ask open-ended questions about the
redemption process and select from a menu of items,
giving consumers more control over what they redeem
than ever before. Reply.ai’s bot is being rolled out over
Facebook Messenger, a fertile frontier in the sub-Saharan
Startups and Members spent time socially and in organized
Connect Days to find opportunities to collaborate.
Previous Cohort Startups
Provisioning the right access to the
right people at the right time.
The world’s first AI-based cyber security
platform, delivering unmatched threat detection
& prioritization capabilities
Multi-camera HD live streaming
and recording made easy.
Mobile commerce in large, populated venues
a cc essn w
A trusted marketplace for improved auto loan
acquisition and direct-to-consumer refinancing.
Compliance automation platform that helps you
cost effectively manage GDPR compliance and
security risk without overwhelming operations
America’s medical cost
savings company helping millions save billions
via medical cost transparency.
Cuts out the ubiquity of synthetics with non-
toxic, biodegradable, plant-based pesticides. full
of ingredients you can trust.
A multi-award winning Augmented Reality (AR)
platform placing visual content in location.
accessed via a smartphone or tablet device.
Branded Text Conversations
Generates insights into firm culture from internal
communication data to improve performance
and address hidden systemic risk.
Reduce up to 60% of waste created in the
interviewing process by combining digital interviewing
and messaging to accelerate your hiring process.
Increasing operational uptime
while simplifying support infrastructure.
FIXD increases customer retention
at auto dealership service centers.
Consumer facing businesses use ENGAGEcx
to see and build relationships with their omni-
Intelligent vending in your hands.
Integration free, cloud based Adtech. We help companies achieve their social impact
& sustainability goals through payment and data
A location-intelligent mobile advertising and
sales enablement platform
Insurance for the miles you drive.
Savings for the miles you don’t.
Pushing the limits of 3D printing. re:3d’s flag-
ship technology is the Gigabot® —The world’s
largest, affordable 3D printer.
A new way to discover and experience music
across multiple streaming platforms.
Enterprise chatbot solution making B2C
communication suck less.
SiteWhere provides a framework for the rapid
development of complex IoT applications.
Provides identity & trust as a service by empowering
enterprises to authenticate and recognize their
customers to transact business safely.
We make stolen credentials
a thing of the past for enterprises.
Bridging the gap between traditional
accounting systems, firms and standards with
cryptocurrency, blockchain assets and tokens.
A Comprehensive Marketing Intelligence
Platform for Executives & Analysts.
Mogean unleashes black box intelligence
and connects marketers to real life information
about their mobile customers.
Distributed cloud storage marketplace
that runs on the Bitcoin blockchain.
We are rethinking our relationship with water. Catalyzing the growth of the electric vehicle
market by increasing the accessibility and
affordability of charging infrastructure.
The BridgeCommunity Outreach Program is seeding
the next set of future technology startups. By supplying
technical, business, entrepreneurship and financial
literacy training, the program is encouraging the creation
of startup companies and promoting intrapreneurship
in Atlanta communities that have traditionally been
overlooked when growing and searching for skilled
Anthony Newstead, Co-Founder
of Atlanta BridgeCommunity,
and Valarie W. Mackey, Founder
of WrightNow Solutions,
coalesced the local nonprofit
sector and BridgeCommunity
member companies to create
three Future Entrepreneurship
Programs in 2017:
“I am so proud of what all the students have
achieved during these courses. It has been
incredibly rewarding to see them all grow and
develop through our time together and I hope
and believe we are seeing the next set of future
Atlanta entrepreneurs in the making. I also want
to thank our corporate members, our startups,
CapTech, TAG-ED, Year Up, PowerMylearning, all
our volunteers and of course our Outreach Lead,
Valarie Mackey, all who collectively breathed life
into this initiative, provided the resources and
the passion to make this happen. This was truly a
community effort that I am honored to be a part of.
I look forward to continuing the journey together.”
—Anthony Newstead Global Group Director,
Emerging Technology & Strategic Innovation,
Co-Founder Atlanta BridgeCommunity
The High School Future
A four week summer coding camp focused on front and
backend web design and development, app design,
3D printing and graphical interface design, open to any
10th—12th grade student attending a Title 1 Atlanta
Non-profit organizations, Technology Association
of Georgia - Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) and
SteamSport, facilitated the summer camp. Kristina Smith,
Exploring STEM Careers Pipeline Program Manager of
TAG-Ed, created the application process and worked
with schools to recruit the students. Kristina teamed up
with William Oliver, Executive Director of SteamSport, to
create the curriculum and run the camp. Instructor, Tony
Tatum and Teaching Assistants—Sydney Hubbert, recent
Spelman graduate; and Ashley McCray, recent Clayton
State University graduate, taught the technical curriculum
and shared life experiences with the students to support
their personal growth.
Twenty students from nine different high schools
completed the High School Future Entrepreneurship
Program. Participants crafted a pitch for products or
services each week - collectively coming up with more
than thirty ideas over the course of the program. From
solar panel blinds to a sneaker exchange app, the
students presented the best of their ideas to an audience
of city officials, venture capitalists, corporate partners and
parents in a showcase event.
The camp was held at John Hopkins Community
Center in Atlanta and featured Friday field trips to
BridgeCommunity member corporations and startups to
connect the camp curriculum to the real world.
GridQuire Labs, where they
learned from CEO, Andy
Katz, new marketing tips
and how to present an idea,
both verbally and visually,
to an audience of potential
“I have been an entrepreneur for over five years.
Today was one of the top 10 days. Thank you for
letting us host these wonderful, smart kids.”
—Andy Katz, CEO GridQuire Labs
At The Weather Company, students were welcomed
by Chris Huff, Executive/Head of Engineering - Waston
Marketing, and team for a tour of their digital space
followed by a Q&A panel focused on how The Weather
Company’s data supports commonly used apps, websites
SunTrust hosted the final field trip, giving students an
overview of the role that technology plays in the finance
industry. After presentations from the Marketing, User
Experience, and Design Accelerator groups; the students
used their newfound user experience knowledge in a user
experience design thinking exercise that tasked them with
ideating and mocking up a personalized web experience.
Outside of field trips, the program enlisted the expertise
of amazing professionals to visit the camp classroom and
speak on various topics.
Michael Connor, Senior Platform Architect of
Coca-Cola, kicked things off with an engaging
presentation and conversation about Artificial Intelligence.
Irvin Bishop, Global Digital Leader of Brands, Global
Campaigns & Partnerships at Coca-Cola, taught the
students about digital marketing and the importance of
building your career from things that you are passionate
and excited about.
Tonia Osby, Chief Operating Officer of BridgeCommunity
cohort startup, PayLow Rate, conducted a fun and
interactive exercise on User Interface Prototyping -
introducing the students to a new UX Design app that
they later utilized in prototyping their final products.
Andrew Gowasack, CEO of BridgeCommunity cohort
startup, TrustStamp, spoke on the ever-important topic
of social and professional networking while Heather
Turney, Culture and Innovation Manager of Porsche Cars
North America, wowed the students with a presentation
on public speaking. Both Andrew and Heather gave the
students practical tips for establishing a professional
Following the camp, students attended a business basics
and life skills course held at The Coca-Cola Company’s
The Young Adult Future
The program hand selected student alumni from Year
Up workforce development training to learn Amazon
Alexa voice programming on the Echo Dot, cloud
skills and business basics. Over two and half months,
student teams were charged with creating a new Alexa
CapTech Consulting, Inc. created the technical curriculum
and generously taught the students pro-bono. The
businesses basics classes for both the high school and
youth adult program were taught by volunteers from
our member corporations, area companies and startup
companies in the BridgeCommunity cohort:
Dane Bamburry, Sr. Manager, Business Platform Services,
Solutions Architecture & Systems Administration at Cox
Enterprises, taught a class on negotiation techniques.
“The Atlanta BridgeCommunity program is a
positive disruptive force in the on-going challenge
to develop the next STEM generation. I was
honored to have the opportunity to engage
with these intelligent young minds in a session
focused on negotiations from a corporate and
entrepreneur perspective. What impressed me the
most was their level of engagement, innovative
thought process, and drive which compelled me to
attend their showcase presentation. The showcase
far exceeded my expectations and I can say with a
high-level of confidence that these students are well
on their way to becoming major contributors in
—Dane Bamburry, Sr. Manager, Business
Platform Services, Solutions Architecture &
Systems Administration at Cox Enterprises
—— Founder of GridQuire Labs - a member of the
BridgeCommunity startup cohort, came back to
teach the young adults about startup funding and
—— DeWayne Griffin and Jeff Scott from State Farm
spoke to the students about innovation trends and
topped off their involvement by giving a book to
each student as a gift for their completion of the
—— Mark Labs CEO and Founder, Kevin Barrow helped
the group understand how to set up their business.
The Future Entrepreneurship Program Showcase
highlighted the young adult’s Alexa-centric business
ideas. The winning team, myPulse, is a fitness app
that gives a Fitbit user an activities overview with goal
comparison and a detailed description of their heart rate
with facts on how to improve heart health.
mypulse group members- Akilah Toomer, Laikram
Beniprasa, Damian Deavila & Danny Kalika
Thank you so very much for including Year Up
students in the Young Adult Entrepreneurship
Showcase at the Coca-Cola Company
Headquarters. The event was absolutely amazing
and our young adults learned many valuable
lessons through their participation in the program.
They are now thinking bigger about their future---
not just a career, but possibly launching their own
technology business one day in the future! What
a great partnership… Year Up gets them started
with a career and your program gets them started
in business! This is truly a life-changing experience
for our young adults and I do hope that the Atlanta
BridgeCommunity will continue offering this
opportunity for more of our students and young
—Kim Williams, Executive Director,
Year Up - Atlanta
The App Development Elective Class
A partnership between PowerMyLearning and Arthur M.
Blank’s Family Foundation to run an app development
elective class in Washington High School during the
school day. Approximately 20 students took the class in
the Fall 2017 semester.
“It has been a privilege to come together with the
Atlanta BridgeCommunity to create the overall
Future Entrepreneurship Program. Being able to
see the students on day one of the program with
limited to no knowledge in the topic areas to being
able to confidently pitch a viable product/solution
is inspiring. These are our next entrepreneurs and
our next innovators taking companies to the next
—Valarie W. Mackey, WrightNow Solutions
Noa Davidson, Enterprise Architecture and
The Bridge Program Manager
Anthony Newstead, Co-Founder
Bill Maynard, Co-Founder
Carie Davis, Program Director
Shane Reiser, Program Director
Tricia Whitlock, Marketing Director
Program Manager of Enterprise
Director of Strategy
Principal - Strategy, Innovation & Digital
Executive Vice President Consumer
Digital Strategy & Transformation
Manager, Corporate Strategy &
Senior Director Corporate Strategy &
Strategy & Corporate Development
Corporate Strategy & Investments Manager
Senior Director Strategy & Corporate
Culture & Innovation Manager
Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy
VP of Operations
Vice President of Customer Support
Recreate PMS(from pdf)
SVP Strategic Partnerships
Senior VP, Corporate Strategy
Innovation and Partnerships
Christian Boyd, Atlanta Office Lead & Dir.
Technology Association of Georgia -
Errika Moore, Executive Director
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
William Oliver, Executive Director
Oneisha Freeman, Marketing &
Grant Wainscott, Senior Director of
Technology Ecosystem Expansion
Kim William, Executive Director
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