Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Initiative: 2017 Kickoff Event with TradeRocket

Two out of the three don’t make physical products, and the third represents an industry that prides itself on its local flavor. 

But the companies showcased at a kickoff for this year’s regional Metro Export Challenge initiative illustrated how consciousness about what constitutes an export is evolving.

More than 130 people gathered at Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing to hear how these firms and others used $5,000 (or more) in grant money last year to make inroads in global markets.

The consensus among the panelists? Exporting — whether a travel experience, a financial service or a traditional shipping container — is eminently achievable but requires a shift in mindset and good group of partners.

“If you try to do it yourself, (exporting is) crazy. None of these guys would tell you to do that. But if you grab the right partners and grab the right friends to help — and you bring a case of beer — you can get a lot done,” said Jim Eckstein, CEO of TradeRocket, alluding to the venue and using some of the humor he said helped him win the grant last year.

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Webinar: From Big Banks to the Underbanked: FinTech’s Customer-Centric Model


Financial technology, FinTech has revolutionized the financial services industry with customer-focused solutions, including, insurance underwriting, peer-to-peer money transfers, digital security, data analysis and investments.

More than half of the world’s FinTech companies are headquartered in the U.S. Some 1,000 FinTech companies (startups and historical incumbents) raised over $105 billion in total funding and are worth nearly $870 billion in current value. – VBProfiles FinTech landscape Forbes, June 2016.

In this free webinar, please join Jim Eckstein, CEO of TradeRocket, and Wendy Glavin, Founder & CEO of Wendy Glavin Agency, to learn how FinTech helps businesses and consumers make better deals and provide value and faster service, as compared to traditional models.

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Advanced Technology Development Center joins Georgia’s ‘Transaction Alley’ delegation at Money 20/20

The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) will be part of the delegation of more than 200 financial technology (FinTech) professionals and leaders representing Georgia at Money 20/20, the world’s largest payments and financial services innovation conference Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas.

ATDC, a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the state’s technology startup incubator. Among its startup business focus areas is the ATDC FinTech Program, which was created in 2015 through a $1 million gift Georgia Tech received from Worldpay US, the global payments technology company.

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Accounts Payable & Procure-to-Pay Network Interviews Jim Eckstein, CEO of TradeRocket

Released May 06, 2016

IOFM Editor of Special Projects Mark Brousseau speaks with Jim Eckstein of TradeRocket on the benefits of supply chain financing to suppliers, buyers and funders, why supply chain financing is particularly appealing to mid-market companies, common misperceptions about supply chain financing, and what to look for in a financing solution.

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TradeRocket inks deal with Hitachi Capital America

TradeRocket, a next generation FinTech company, said it entered into an agreement with Hitachi Capital America to provide working capital to the mid-market through an innovative supply chain financing program.

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Atlanta FinTech Startup TradeRocket Selected as Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Grant Winner

ATLANTA, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TradeRocket, a FinTech startup delivering financial supply chain solutions to mid-market companies, has been chosen as an Atlanta Metro Export Plan (MEP) Challenge Grant Winner for 2016, as part of Atlanta's participation in the Global Cities Initiative (GCI). In conjunction with this honor, TradeRocket's CEO Jim Eckstein will attend FinovateEurope in London, February 6-12th as a member of the Atlanta Mayor's Office of International Affairs and InvestAtlanta trade mission to reinforce Atlanta's status as a global FinTech hub.

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