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Alumni-entrepreneurs to share ‘Startup Stories’

Thinc. at UGA is hosting a night with entrepreneurs from around the region to tell their founding stories to UGA students, faculty and the broader community at the Georgia Theatre Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Joe Moon, recent Bulldog 100 honoree and founder of Velocity Technology Partners, will moderate the discussion as four UGA graduates talk about their experiences starting businesses, raising capital and growing a company. Startup Stories will feature UGA alumni Michael Tavani, Jon Birdsong, Adam Wexler and Armistead Whitney.

Tavani is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and co-founder of Scoutmob. Birdsong, a young entrepreneur, has founded several community organizations in Atlanta; he is most known for his startup, Rivalry. Wexler, an 2007 graduate of UGA, is the co-founder of Insightpool. Whitney is the founder and CEO of Perparis, Inc.

“It is an honor to welcome these four great startup founders back to Athens,” said Jim Flannery, project director at Four Athens. “I’m looking forward to an exciting, informative evening learning about how these successful founders have built companies.”

This is one of many events sponsored by UGA’s Thinc. initiative, which will culminate this year with “Thinc. Week,” a celebration that includes lectures, workshops, panel discussions, competitions and networking events that will help budding entrepreneurs take their ideas from concept to reality. Thinc. Week will run April 13-17.