Help small business owners at Beer & Bytes: Crowdfunding Demo Day

(Featured photo is of Frank Estrada with Centaur Cybersecurity, who recently finished’s Make Startups’ program. Photo courtesy’s website. Photo credit: Chris Thelen)

Entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch their business ideas to a live audience in the hopes of raising capital at’s first Beer & Bytes: Crowdfunding Demo Day May 10.

Recent graduates of’s Make Startups’ entrepreneurial certificate program are participating in the event. The companies include a cybersecurity firm, a youth development nonprofit, a mobile events’ company, a first responders assistance nonprofit, a full-service marketing firm, a homeownership coaching company and an indoor farm community enterprise, according to a news release.

“I’m so proud of each of these graduates of’s Make Startups program,” said Michael Newton Jr., director of impact and Make Startups instructor at “ I hope this event only helps reinforce to them that they have the confidence and the knowledge to not just launch their businesses but lead and grow their businesses and successfully market their products and services.” 

The Beer & Bytes: Crowdfunding event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on’s rooftop terrace. The organization is located at the Georgia Cyber Center, 100 Grace Hopper Lane. Tickets are $15, and attendees receive three $5 “Startup Funding Bucks” so they can vote for the business pitch that resonates with them the most. They can buy additional “Startup Funding Bucks” throughout the evening. At the end of the event, startups will receive a check in the amount of the funding bucks they received.                . 

“It’s going to be a beautiful evening up on’s rooftop terrace. We’ll have drinks and appetizers for our attendees to enjoy as they listen to our Make Startup graduates pitch their businesses. Then the cost of their ticket goes directly back to these businesses. Every attendee gets to use the price of admission to help a new business get off the ground,” Newton said.

Tickets are available at and click on Events or at