June 19, 2019

Digital Ignition Becomes a Launching Pad for Business Innovation and Growth

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to take place on June 27, 2019 to announce Digital Ignition as a Blockchain, AI, IoT, and Business Innovation partner of Forward Forsyth Economic Development Partnership Entity 

Digital Ignition, a co-working launching pad for innovative companies in North Georgia, will announce its designation as a blockchain, AI, IoT and business innovation partner of Forward Forsyth at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 am. Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, along with key members of the technology and business community, are also expected to be on hand to recognize this outstanding accomplishment. Digital Ignition, an operating business of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN) is located at 190 Bluegrass Valley Parkway in Alpharetta, GA 30005.

It has become home to experienced professionals that are launching innovative companies.  In fact, approximately 50% of current members are former Fortune 500 executives who are creating new companies with real-world business acumen and key industry connections.

Expanding Digital Ignition

With the guidance and support of entrepreneur Kyle Cerminara, Chairman & CEO of Ballantyne Strong and CEO & Co-Founder of Fundamental Global, Digital Ignition was launched to create a culture of practical innovation and collaborative leadership. “Expanding Digital Ignition’s services to foster this powerful level of entrepreneurship is something our leadership understands,” stated Joanne Sanders, President of EWISE Communications and General Manager of Digital Ignition. “We are committed to building the right partnerships and initiatives to provide best-in-class business growth.”

Economic Impact

In collaboration with Forward Forsyth, Digital Ignition has increased its occupancy and continues to build a network of innovative businesses. “Today, a large part of success is driven by an organization’s ability to work together and adapt to technological advancements,” stated Scott Evans, Senior Technology Project Manager at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. “With its expanded services, Digital Ignition is a tremendous resource for startups and existing companies that are focused on innovation and growth.”

Digital Ignition’s business model also aligned with the objectives of other key entities such as the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).  As a result:

  • ATDC offers on-site product development and commercialization support to members across a variety of industries.
  • GDOT enlisted Digital Ignition to spearhead and host their first Smart Vehicle Tech Challenge in the Fall of 2019. This program, the first of its kind, was created to leverage Digital Ignition’s talent pool to unlock data opportunities that can be incorporated in smart cities and connected vehicles.

“The quality of the companies at Digital Ignition is really inspiring,” said Benjamin Andrews, Statewide Program Manager at ATDC. “Creating a strategic partnership made sense the first day we visited,” he added. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) mirrored that thought. “Without a doubt, Digital Ignition’s leadership team understands the power of community collaboration, the details behind technology and data, and the importance of purpose-driven innovation,” stated John Hibbard, Operations Division Director at GDOT. “The Georgia Department of Transportation is excited to be coordinating with Digital Ignition to create a Tech Challenge later this year.”

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

To RSVP for the upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, please visit digitalignitionblastoff.com. Learn more about Digital Ignition and schedule a tour by visiting www.digitalignition.com. To schedule an interview, please call Joanne Sanders at 404.644.2779 or email jsanders@ewisecommunications.com.


About Digital Ignition

Located in Alpharetta and on the 400 Technology Corridor of North Georgia, Digital Ignition is the official business incubator of Forsyth County.  By providing co-working, incubator and accelerator programs to its members, Digital Ignition serves as a launching pad for entrepreneurs who are looking for flexible office space and are focused on growth.  To learn more, visit www.digitalignition.com or call 770.369.9321.

About Ballantyne Strong, Inc. and Fundamental Global

Ballantyne Strong (NYSE American: BTN) is a diversified holding company with assets in the cinema, digital signage, advertising, insurance and construction industries. Assets include both wholly-owned business and partial investments in public companies. Ballantyne Strong’s goal is to allocate capital to businesses that offer optimal risk reward scenarios for shareholders. Fundamental Global is Ballantyne Strong’s largest shareholder and is an investment management firm that manages equity, fixed income and alternative funds and strategies.

June 19, 2019 Communications Coordinator