Invest Augusta Cyber Conference Draws Sellout Crowd
The first annual Invest Augusta Cyber Conference took place at the Augusta Legends Club on Thursday, as a sold-out crowd of more than 200 business and cyber leaders discussed what’s best and what’s next for Augusta’s growing cyber, tech and business sectors.
What Augusta TechNet has become for the global cybersecurity industry, Invest Augusta wants to be for the expanding cyber world in the CSRA.
In an interview in August, the conference’s founder Tony Lever said he envisions an expanding web of cyber innovators and leaders in Augusta, a need he said will only grow as the city becomes an increasingly important cyber hub in the U.S.
“Cybersecurity never really made it to the boardroom level until recently,” Lever said. “Bringing the business skills and the technical skills together – this is how you form small businesses.”
Thursday’s conference culminated with six start-up companies making a pitch to Angel Investors and a VIP party at the Pinnacle Club.
Former Augusta mayor and current radio host Deke Copenhaver was given the first ever cyber leadership award for making city-wide progress for cyber business, cyber education and economic development.
Twelve speakers–among them Cape Augusta founder James Ainslie, EDTS CEO Charles Johnson and Unisys Industry Director Jack Koons–shared information on cyber technology, cyber security, military planning, cyber investment, global security, securing venture capital, launching cyber-related businesses and industry challenges.