NEW ORLEANS, LA – 365 Connect, the New Orleans-based, award-winning online technology platform provider for the multifamily housing industry, announced today its sponsorship of the first ever Tech Cocktail Social Event to be held in New Orleans, LA. The event will be taking place on October 1, 2013, bringing together New Orleans' hottest startups to mix with local tech enthusiasts.
Silicon Bayou News and Tech Cocktail have joined forces to bring this high profile networking event to New Orleans. Tech Cocktail is a literal "cocktail of emerging technology news, people, startups, products, and innovations" for the true tech enthusiast. Tech Cocktail currently holds events in over 30 cities across the country, bringing together the newest startups, press, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and hustlers, to join together for an evening of cocktails, networking, and informal startup showcasing.
"We are excited to have 365 Connect as a sponsor for the Tech Cocktail Social Event to be held in New Orleans,” said Julia Ballard, Editor-In-Chief of Silicon Bayou News. “New Orleans has consistently been named as one of the top cities for startups, and having Tech Cocktail host this event in our city is another major achievement for our entrepreneurial community. 365 Connect is not only one of our homegrown technology companies, but a local success story and advocate of the startup community. We have watched 365 Connect grow into a national company that has brought home 14 technology awards to date. Their sponsorship of this event demonstrates their continuing commitment to our city and its technology community.”
365 Connect President and CEO Kerry W. Kirby stated, “365 Connect is proud to sponsor this landmark event taking place in our hometown of New Orleans. As we were once a startup trying to find our way in the market, we know how critical it is to gain exposure, support and advice to grow those early stage ideas. Since our founding 10-years ago, we have watched New Orleans embrace and foster a robust startup community that is now nationally recognized. Tech Cocktail coming to New Orleans sends a message across the country that the Silicon Bayou is alive and well, and open for business. We want the local startup community to know that we stand ready to support them, as they are a vital part of the new economy that is pushing our city into the national spotlight.”
In fulfilling its mission to help startups get exposure, Tech Cocktail will also be selecting two winning companies from New Orleans to be included in their grand-scale nationwide event, Tech Cocktail Celebrate. Tech Cocktail Celebrate is a national startup competition and conference where a mix of over 500 startup founders, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, investors, media, and local community leaders from across the country come together to watch startups compete for the coveted Tech Cocktail Chalice. A portion of the funding provided by the event sponsors will help pay for these companies to attend the Tech Cocktail Celebrate event, which is being held October 23 - 25, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"As a proud New Orleans-based company, 365 Connect is honored to be part of this wonderful event and contribute to the local startup community," added Kirby. "Known as the Silicon Bayou, Louisiana is rapidly becoming a place where entrepreneurs, technology developers, innovators, and venture capitalists are making great strides in modern technology. 365 Connect will continue to foster new technology into the marketplace by supporting our entrepreneurial community."
Tech Cocktail is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 30 cities in the US and abroad.
Silicon Bayou News is the leading technology media property in Louisiana reaching tens of thousands of visitors from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Our audience includes tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, brands and corporations, early adopters, social media enthusiasts, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 fanatics and business and technology journalists. Our long term goal at Silicon Bayou News is to foster and support a connected and vibrant community of entrepreneurs and creatives on the Silicon Bayou – and shout about good things happening for the whole world to hear.
Award-winning 365 Connect was founded in 2003 by a team of multifamily housing professionals with the primary goal of maximizing and accelerating online activities in the multifamily marketplace that reduce costs and increase revenue. Committed to delivering innovative solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of the multifamily housing industry, 365 Connect is the industry leader in designing and delivering an array of online platforms that work in unison with each other to market, lease and retain residents in multifamily communities. The 365 Connect Platform interfaces with social media, management software, marketing platforms and a host of other third-party applications. It prides itself in being one of the most integration-friendly platforms in the industry and has proven to be so effective, that it has also gained acceptance with government programs in affordable housing. 365 Connect designs technology to enhance not only the user experience for property managers, but also prospects and residents that utilize its platforms to find, lease and live in multifamily communities nationwide.