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Christina Marshall-Valdez is the CEO of Taelur, a web and mobile platform that connects plus-size women to clothes that fit them.
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Downtown Atlanta is home to one of the first programs in the U.S. dedicated to funding and developing startups founded by black and Latino women.

It's called the BIG incubator and on Saturday, four teams are graduating from the three month bootcamp.


Christina Marshall-Valdez is the founder of the start-up called Taelur, the French word for tailor. On her computer, she selects images of clothing, styles and body parts.

"The quiz is what's informing our artificial intelligence, so that's the engine for our site," she explained.

Large local corporations, like AT&T and Coca-Cola, are looking to invest in start-ups and absorb the companies into their  accelerator programs. Entrepreneurs and investors mingle after a Corporate Shark Attack event at the Atlanta Financial Center in Buc
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Many local startups say their biggest hurdle is cash. 

It’s such a common complaint, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he’s launching a venture capital fund by the end of the year to help tech companies get off the ground.

But there’s an interesting difference between how investors work in Atlanta versus Silicon Valley.          

On the 18th floor of the Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead, tech entrepreneurs are pitching to potential investors over wine and brie.