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Metro Atlanta has the nation’s third highest density of Fortune 500 headquarters – more than double that of San Francisco. These corporations are often the first, and most loyal, customers that startups benefit from. However, securing a meeting with a Fortune 500 brand can be nearly impossible. But that's all changing at SXSW 2017 thanks to ChooseATL and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Introducing the Entrepreneur Invitational - the first ever SXSW event to link global entrepreneurs with some of Atlanta’s premier brands. Hosted on March 13th at 2:30 p.m. CST, the Entrepreneur Invitational will connect a select group of 20 entrepreneurs with C-Suite executives from Delta, Cox Enterprises and Home Depot for 10-minute, one-on-one sessions.

Apply by March 6th at 5pm EST for your chance to meet with some of the world's biggest innovators.

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Thank you for applying for the Entrepreneur Invitational. Your application has been received and will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges.

What happens next? Entrepreneur Invitational meetings will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. CST on Monday, March 13th in the ChooseATL House (323 E Sixth Street).

Executives will be paired with startups based on the best match to add value for both parties and the motivation of the entrepreneur. Company representatives must be present at 1 p.m. CST for a panel entitled "Big Brands Driving Innovation." The panel will feature executives from Cox Communications, Delta and Home Depot and will be moderated by Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. During the panel, 20 startups will be announced to move on to the Entrepreneurial Invitational meetings.