Demo Day highlights talent, technology

Authored By chloe.morrison

Hundreds of people gathered at Girls Preparatory School Tuesday for the culmination of this summer’s Gig Tank, which is in its fourth year. 

Members of the public listened to 14 pitches during Demo Day, heard from Mayors Andy Berke and Jim Coppinger, and got a reminder that Chattanooga is hosting AngelSummit US-which will bring investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate and community leaders to Chattanooga Oct. 13-14. 

Earlier in the day, Gig Tank participants pitched to investors. 

After the evening portion of the event, leaders announced that Chattanooga-based company Branch Technology would take home Gig Tank’s Investor’s Choice Award, and the business’ leaders also made a significant announcement: They have plans to bring the world’s largest free-form 3-D printer to Chattanooga. 

Platt Boyd pitched for Branch Technology, which has combined 3-D printing technology, conventional construction materials and robotics to create buildings of the future, leaders said. 

They aim to reduce waste from construction sites and strengthen building structures by using minimal 3-D-printed structures combined with traditional materials. Click here to learn more. 

The company has also announced a design competition. Click here for more on that. 

Paradrop, a team from Madison, Wisconsin, took home the People’s Choice Award. Dale Willis pitched for Paradrop, a software platform that aims to simplify connections to the cloud. Click here for more about the company. 

And click here to read about all the teams.