Startup Week CHA 2021 Startup Week CHA 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Southside Lounge + Co-working @ The Chattery

Join other Startup Week CHA attendees at the Southside Lounge @ The Chattery. Co-working, recharge stations, and beverages will be available. Attendees can also enjoy Sleepyhead Coffee's new Southside location here Wed-Friday (7am-2pm) during Startup Week. 

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Rapid Growth: All About People & Culture
Chris Hurst
Chris Hurst
StratusGrid, CEO

Successful small businesses or startups aren't built by having a single "genius" or great leader at the top from day one. They are built by creating a sustainable structure and purposeful culture, of which the ability to get, keep, and grow great people should be priority number one. By obsessing over finding the best people (who fit our culture and growth goals), we have had rapid success since 2019. Tune in to hear more from Chris Hurst, CEO of StratusGrid

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Consumer Goods 101: Launching a Consumer Packaged Product
Kaleena Goldsworthy
Kaleena Goldsworthy
Proof Bar and Incubator - Director of Programs, The Bitter Bottle - Owner
Tim Moore
Tim Moore
PROOF Bar and Incubator, Director of Communications
Mia Littlejohn
Mia Littlejohn
PROOF Bar and Incubator, Founder
Mike Robinson
Mike Robinson
PROOF Bar and Incubator, Founder

In this seminar, join the PROOF team as they discuss what it’s like to explore the creation, development, and market execution of launching a consumer product.

Mike Robinson - Founder

Mia Littlejohn - Founder

Kaleena Goldsworthy - Director of Programs

Tim Moore - Director of Communications

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Eat, Sip, Ask – Meet Our Startup Attorneys and Ask Away

Lawyers are people, too! Come join us for light refreshments and the opportunity to ask us your most pressing legal questions – whether related to your investment opportunities, emerging business, or plans for getting started.

Meeting with an attorney should not be scary, nor should it be a hassle. Our Chambliss Startup Group attorneys are dedicated to helping Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community thrive. In this event, we'll briefly share what we do and how you can use us and our partners as a resource. You'll have time to ask us questions as a group or one-on-one. We'll also provide our go-to checklist for startups, covering areas related to company organization, employees and independent contractors, brand and intellectual property identification and protection, contracting, and investments/funding. This event will be casual, so feel free to drop in on either of the two days that fit your schedule best. Whether you're an entrepreneur starting out, an investor looking to expand your portfolio, or your team is doubling in size, we combine our industry and legal experience to provide you with business-minded solutions to help you thrive.

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Will This FLOAT?

This might be the start of a dream come true. Nine people with fresh, creative, fun visions will swallow their fears and doubts and take the stage to present business ideas in this pitch competition. Come see if their ideas FLOAT and connect with budding entrepreneurs.

The full list of companies selected to pitch can be viewed here

Judges for the event include:

  • Adrienne Cooper, founder and CEO of Moonlight Roller
  • Erin Felton Lopez, Etsy Inc. Strategy & Analytics, MBA, Ex-Goldman Sachs
  • Meilani Santillán, Program Director at Code for America
  • Jay Shaffer, Angel Investor and Board Member of Atlanta Tech Angels

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Identifying Your Core Values
Ruth Kaiser
Ruth Kaiser
Eso Marketing, Business Owner

In this session, you’ll hear from a new entrepreneur who has overcome challenges by staying focused on core values. Hear how staying true to your mission can positively impact your business.

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Growth Mindset & Methodology (Part 1)
Anton Demenchuk
Anton Demenchuk
Cresco Group

Learn what makes some people extremely effective in their roles, and the difference between a static vs. growth mindset. This session will also include ways to help others develop a growth mindset.

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Commercial Break with Alexis Willis of Second Story

Nah, we aren't watching TV! You do not want to miss this "commercial break." We talkin' real estate. Join Alexis Willis and a panel of homegrown brokers from Second Story Real Estate Management to learn about the nitty gritty of commercial real estate. Sure, you know a residential agent that can help you find your dream home, but would you go to an eye doctor for a toothache? All broker specialties are not the same and we are here to share some insight on how to find the right fit for you and your business needs!

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How to Pitch an Angel (Investor)
Jay Shaffer
Jay Shaffer
Atlanta Technology Angels, Board Member

Your pitch is your movie trailer.

In this session we will cover:

- Slides & information investors expect to see

- Questions you SHOULD ask... and what you SHOULDN'T

- Adapting your pitch for any situation

Additionally, we will select companies from the audience to give 30 second, 1 minute and 2 minute elevator pitches - and receive live feedback from our panel.

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TVFCU Idea Leap Pitch Competition
TVFCU
TVFCU
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Communications/Media Relations

Join TVFCU for the Idea Leap Pitch Picnic on the front lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Come early at 3:30 p.m. to set up your lawn chair or spread your picnic blanket and grab an early supper from Chatter Box Café for this outdoor, socially-distant event. The Pitch Competition will begin at 4 p.m. as Champion Christian Learning Academy, Chatt Taste Food Tours, LLC, Lil Mama's Chicago Style Hoagy, Salon Posh and Wild Violet Permaculture, LLC compete for the five Idea Leap Grants ($21K, $15K, $10K, $7K and $5K). In the event of rain, the event will be strictly virtual. Furthermore, if there is a COVID-19 case surge, the event may pivot to strictly virtual. Follow TVFCU on social media for event details

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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SBIR/STTR as a Commercialization Tactic

Through a federal competitive awards-based program, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide non-dilutive funding to small businesses conducting research and development. Join us to learn how SBIR/STTR may fit into your company’s larger commercialization strategy, how to increase the quality of your proposal, and how the Launch Tennessee SBIR/STTR Matching Fund is supporting startup growth across the state.

Breakfast & coffee provided. 

Speaker bio: Jim Stefansic is the Director of Corporate Development at Cumberland Emerging Technologies (CET). His responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and negotiating for new biopharmaceutical product and technology opportunities especially with academic institutions, in addition to project fundraising and product commercialization. 

Dr. Stefansic was previously COO of Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc., a company he co-founded, where he led FDA regulatory submissions and business development activities. While there, he raised more than $17 million in venture capital and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. He also previously served as the Director of Commercialization at Launch Tennessee, where he was instrumental in leading the acquisition of funding to develop and support the statewide SBIR program.  He earned an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a doctorate from Vanderbilt, and his MBA from Belmont University's Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2011. Dr. Stefansic started his career as a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has patented several technologies. He also serves as a Director at Raiven Healthcare, a company he co-founded.


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Growth Mindset & Methodology (Part 2)
Anton Demenchuk
Anton Demenchuk
Cresco Group

Learn about growth frameworks that can be employed at your organization, how to select the proper key performance indicators (KPIs), plus the importance of a customer journey map.

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Nomad Be Happy's Sip, See, & Explore
Robby & Lindsey Eskridge
Robby & Lindsey Eskridge
Nomad Be Happy, Head Nomad

Nomad Be Happy's Sip & See events are a chance to see an adventure van in person and start dreaming up your next trip. Explore the inside of our van, and check out local partners and partner product. Naked River Brewing will also be there with sudsy goodness.

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Using story to share your mission
Mary Helen Montgomery
Mary Helen Montgomery
The Enterprise Center, Marketing & Communications Director
Donna Elle
Donna Elle
Chattanooga Tourism Co., Director of Cultural Tourism
Laura Candler
Laura Candler
Lodge Cast Iron, Sr. Manager, Brand Engagement
Tim Piersant
Tim Piersant
Chattanooga Whiskey, CEO & Founder

People can’t resist a good story, and when you’re sharing your business or organization's mission, story can be one of your most powerful tools. But, there’s an art to crafting a narrative that is both compelling and informative. Join us for this panel on the power of story, hosted by The Enterprise Center, featuring three local businesses and nonprofits (Lodge Cast Iron, The Chattanooga Tourism Company, and Chattanooga Whiskey), who have used a smart approach to storytelling to share their mission. We will discuss how to think about who your audience is, what your message is, and what platform (video, blog, podcast, social media) you should use.

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From Idea to First Sale

Hosted by Pathway Lending, join us an in-depth conversation with a serial entrepreneur, lender, and a local business owner. Our panel will address topics ranging from what is an entrepreneur, market research (is my idea worth pursuing), how to set up a business, and accessing capital. This will be an open conversation with Q&A at the end. We look forward to having you join us!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Incorporating Innovation to an Established Industry
Daniel Lucas
Daniel Lucas
Trident Transport, VP of Innovation

How can we bring the latest thought leaders to disrupt an industry that is rooted in legacy processes?

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Leveraging Your Local Ecosystem for Growth
Kenneth Burke
Kenneth Burke
Text Request, VP of Marketing
Briana Garza
Briana Garza
Chatt Taste Food Tours, LLC, Owner/ Co-Founder
David Martin
David Martin
Heed PR, Co-Founder | Partner

Text Request has grown nationally, in part, because of the resources and relationships we have access to right here in Chattanooga. Join Kenneth Burke, VP of Marketing at Text Request and  Briana Garza-Wilson, co-founder of Chatt Taste, to learn how to leverage the local business ecosystem to build your reputation and revenue.  David Martin, cofounder of Heed PR, will moderate. You'll walk away with a game plan to grow your brand, recruit top talent, increase sales, and move your business forward — all while giving back to our community.

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Technology Essentials for Startups
Tyler York
Tyler York
WYRE Technology, Co-Founder

In this event, experts from WYRE will discuss the critical pieces of technology you need to take your business from zero to one and set yourself up for growth. Learn about everything from domains for websites and professional email to cybersecurity essentials and scalability.

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How To Get Grants for Your Business
Linda Murray Bullard
Linda Murray Bullard
LSMB Business Solutions, LLC, Chief Business Strategist

This session will teach business owners how to set up for receiving and how to apply for business grants regardless of their business models.

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Chambliss Startup Social + The Startup Awards

Join us for the annual Startup Social (powered by Chambliss Startup Group) + the Startup Awards!

CHAMBLISS STARTUP SOCIAL powered by Chambliss Startup Group | 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Meet us at Naked River Brewing & BBQ starting at 6PM to eat, drink and network with entrepreneurs, startups, founders, and Chattanooga's movers and shakers.

At the conclusion of the Startup Social, a special surprise guest will take us from Naked River across the street to Finley Stadium for the Startup Awards.

STARTUP AWARDS | 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Join us for the annual Startup Awards, where we will recognize and celebrate the next generation of emerging companies as well as everyone who helped them become successful along the way.

The awards will be held on the field of Finley Stadium and include opportunities to meet players from the Chattanooga Football Club.

We will also have a late-night food truck on site for eats and drinks.

Awards will be given to:

  • Startup of the Year, voted on by the public
  • High Growth Company of the Year, presented by CO.LAB
  • Goldfinch of the Year, presented by the INCubator
  • Micro-business of the Year, presented by LAUNCH Chattanooga
  • Charlie Brock Ecosystem Builder of the Year 
  • Volunteer of the Year, presented by The Enterprise Center
  • Rising Star of the Year, presented by the TSBDC
  • Latino Entrepreneur of the Year, presented by LaPaz

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Creating Strategic Cultures: HI USA Launch Party
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Join us for the official launch of the global leader in research-based organizational culture management, Hofstede Insights' USA office.

Hofstede Insights, USA is located in the ever-growing, technology focused "silicon valley of the south," Chattanooga, TN. The firm is made up of management consultants, trainers, coaches, facilitators, academics and data technicians, all with global experience and recognized experts in their respective fields.

During the celebration you'll hear from...

-Chattanooga's Mayor Tim Kelly

-Hofstede Insights, USA's Director and CEO Lisa DeWaard, Ph.D.

-The Group CEO of Hofstede Insights Egbert Schram

-Investment Banker & Entrepreneur Chukuka Chukuma