Startups Join Pitch Contest in Hopes of Bringing Solutions to Life in the Silicon Orchard

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La French Tech Atlanta – a French government supported ecosystem of startups, investors, decision-makers, and community builders – hosted an incredible evening last month as part of their France-Atlanta Evening in Tech. The event, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Peachtree Corners, OVHcloud US, Orbiss and Georgia Tech, invited innovators and startups from across the region for a night of valuable networking and listening to insights from industry leaders. The highlight of the event was its 2022 Crystal Pitch Competition as part of its support in expanding local and France-based startups throughout Atlanta, the Southeast and in Europe.

Together with the French American Chamber of Commerce Atlanta, La French Tech invited five startups to deliver a five minute pitch where they were able to highlight their solutions, their future plans and expand on the impact their solutions will have on communities across the globe.

The winner of the pitch competition won one year of free desk space at the Curiosity Lab, up to $120,000 in OVHcloud US credits, entry into a mentorship program from the French Trade Advisors and French Tech Atlanta Board and two tickets for the France-Atlanta Gala Closing Ceremony.

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La French Tech hosts exciting and educational evening, five startups for Crystal Pitch Competition.

Startup Wins Pitch Competition for Virus Control Solution

Hypercell Technologies was selected to take home the prize as the first-ever Crystal Pitch Competition winner. Hypercell Technologies’ Dr. Bruno Jactel delivered the winning pitch at the competition, explaining how its solution would bring global impact to how viruses spread amongst farms and animal communities.

The team at Hypercell created a solution aimed to stop future pandemics in humans by proactively controlling viruses in animal reservoirs. As seen first-hand over the past few years, viral infections and diseases can have a long-lasting, detrimental impact on both animals and humans, and by implementing rapid diagnostic solutions directly within the farming ecosystem, Hypercell Technologies believes its solutions will be able to treat and mitigate the quick spread of infectious diseases, decreasing the impact felt on the human population and the farmer’s wallets.

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Hypercell wins ‘Best Startup Award’ at Crystal Pitch Competition.

Other local startups who were invited to the pitch competition included:

  • Strapt Vending: Strapt was launched to solve current accessibility issues to period and personal products, delivering compact, high capacity dispensers without compromising on quality or stock.
  • Rebillia Platform: Rebillia was created to automate billing for the masses, by providing a full-service experience for your subscription business, including customer engagement, inventory management and communication to billing, invoicing and live data updates.
  • ADAXIS: ADAXIS is a robotics software company. Its mission is to enable a flexible and sustainable industry by making advanced manufacturing processes accessible to every company.
  • Videtics: Videtics’ software suite enables real time analysis of protected areas, decision making and post-investigation using existing IP cameras on your site.

Startup Support Within the Curiosity Lab Ecosystem

The Curiosity Lab offers a collaborative ecosystem for startups and businesses to foster innovation, join a community of future-thinking innovators and garner support throughout their journey.

Our 25,000 square foot innovation center offers startups a home, no matter what stage they’re at, to bring cutting edge technologies to life and accelerate the growth of their business. From data to deployment, local to global, the Curiosity Lab offers resources for everyone.

Bring Your Solutions to the Curiosity Lab

For more information on how you and your startup can become part of the Curiosity Lab’s ecosystem – enjoying resources, accessibility and opportunities for education and collaboration – visit