Startup Week CHA 2021 Startup Week CHA 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Badge Pickup + Co-working @ Basecamp powered by EPB

Come grab your badge to access all Startup Week CHA has to offer! Badge pickup is available starting at 8 AM and co-working held throughout the day.

Complimentary Peet's Coffee will be available each morning while supplies last night!


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Make + learn: Buttons + 4th Floor magic

Stop by the Chattanooga Public Library table to make an official Startup Week button and learn all about the 4th Floor Makerspace. Located in the Downtown Library at 1001 Broad St, the Makerspace is a community hub for entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and more. With just a library card, you get access to 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl plotters, a CNC router, large format printer, screen printing, a sewing lab, and co-working spaces!

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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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Startup Week CHA Kickoff + Fireside Chat w/ James Chapman
James Chapman
James Chapman
Plain Sight HQ, Founder & CEO
Stephanie Hays
Stephanie Hays
Airbnb, Participant, Live Anywhere Program
Lindsey Cox
Lindsey Cox
CO.LAB, CEO

Startup Week kicks off with veteran, serial entrepreneur James Chapman, who spent years contributing to the Chattanooga entrepreneurial ecosystem before taking his talents to Detroit. 

He’s the Founder & CEO of Plain Sight — a social app that allows users to make the right business connections at events and workspaces. Plain Sight was recently featured as Apple’s App of the Day.

Download the Plain Sight app and use it to connect with people throughout the week at Startup Week CHA.

The kickoff also has a special guest — Stephanie Hays, who has organized Startup Weeks in the past, and now is on a great worldwide adventure, all on Airbnb’s dime.

Hear from Stephanie, who is living it up while traveling, but wishing she had EPB’s high-speed internet, and then CO.LAB CEO Lindsey Cox and Chapman will talk fireside-chat-style. Don't miss hearing about how two Chattanooga-lovers are sharing their talents with the world.

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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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The Future of Capital — Raising it, Accessing It
Read Ezell
Read Ezell
Wefunder, Nashville City Partner
Jonathan Bragdon
Jonathan Bragdon
Capacity | Capacity Capital, CEO | Investor

Wefunder and Capacity Capital are partnering to host a conversation about new avenues to access and raise capital for businesses of all types.

The most important driver of economic growth in Chattanooga is home-grown entrepreneurship. Regulation crowdfunding and other alternative capital tools can help make sure that our community can invest in the founders they care about supporting most.

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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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Tour the Innovation District
Kevin Love
Kevin Love
The Enterprise Center, Director of Innovation District Programs

Get a guided tour of the first Innovation District established by a mid-sized city. The vibrant and walkable district is home to the city’s main downtown public spaces and a host of coffee shops and restaurants, linked by attractive streets, public art, a bike share program and free downtown electric shuttle. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water for this hour-long walking tour.

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Building Social Impact Into Your Business
Charles Wood
Charles Wood
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Vice President - Economic Development

Social impact investing and conscious capital have become widespread themes in business over the last several years. This session will include a panel of entrepreneurs who have embraced social impact as part of their business model. You'll hear how they embedded in their corporate culture and get their advice to founders who want use their business to drive more than profits.

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Hear about the changes for the SBA EIDL Loan (deadline fast approaching)
Join Stream

The SBA Tennessee District Office will provide updates on recent changes to the EIDL loan and “grant” program and will take your questions.  You must get your application submitted before December 31 2021 or before the funds run out. SBA Tennessee will also provide information on all SBA programs available to you for counseling, government contracting, and traditional lending.

 

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Distillery Tours with Start-up Week Discount

PLEASE NOTE: This is a paid event at a discounted rate for Startup Week attendees. 

20% off special event tour at Gate 11 Distillery 

$11/ per person 

Take a walk-through this unique micro-distillery with discussion about four custom-built still systems as well as a tasting of their award-winning spirits: vodka, gin, rum, absinthe and rye whiskey. Feel free to linger afterwards to enjoy their delicious craft cocktails.

Tours will run every 30 min and are limited to 8 per tour: 

5:00 PM 

5:30 PM 

6:00 PM 

6:30 PM 

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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How Smart Cities Are Built

The Center for Urban Informatics and Progress explore the history and current state of Chattanooga's technology and smart city initiatives and how the two work together. By using the MLK Smart Corridor as our primary example, we will explain its purpose and goals, application, and future efforts. We will take a special look at our lidar-based pedestrian analytics project and how it is shaping local policy.

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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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Tech & Startups & Jobs: Job Fair 2021

New this year! Join us for the inaugural Startup Week CHA Job Fair. Come meet area employers from tech-enabled startups to major and mid-sized businesses who are hiring right now.

Explore work opportunities from:

Austin Sizemore • FT - Sales/Real Estate Professionals 

Bellhop • FT - Sales/Human Resources/Software/Operations/Management

Carbon Five • FT - Software

Chattanooga Selfie Museum • FT/PT - Management/Marketing

Chattanooga Tourism Co. • FT - Marketing

The City of Chattanooga • FT - Human Resources/Software/

Operations/Management

The Enterprise Center • FT - Marketing/Communications

EPB • FT - Customer Service/Technical Support/Network Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Resource Planning/Dispatch/Marketing/IT

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga • FT - Operation/Programs Coordinator 

Iron Workers Local 704 • FT/PT - Skilled Labor/Operations

Komatsu • FT - Finance/Accounting/operations/skilled labor

Legacy Box • FT - Marketing/Human Resources/Customer Service/Software/Operations/Management

Marius Group • FT/PT/Intern - Sales/Marketing/Human Resources

M&M Industries • FT/PT - Maintenance Operators/Packers/Printers/Injection Molding

Novo Health Services • 

Reliance Partners • FT - Sales/Marketing/Customer Service/Finance/Accounting/Software/Operations/Management

Robert Half • FT/PT - Marketing/Human Resources/Customer Service/Finance/Accounting

Shelly Cove • FT/PT - Operations

Skuid • FT

Steam Logistics • FT - Sales/Operations/Administration

Text Request • FT - Software

The Professional Cleaning Solution • FT/PT - Operations

Trident Transport • FT - Sales

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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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Networking with Intention
TSBDC Chattanooga
TSBDC Chattanooga
TN Small Business Development Center

Are you maximizing each opportunity you have to create great business relationships? If you often find yourself leaving networking events without making meaningful connections, or if you don't know where to start networking, then this is the workshop for you. Hosted by TSBDC + BNI of Southeast TN.

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Bunker Connect hosted by Bunker Labs

Bunker Connect is a facilitated business networking event designed to intentionally build meaningful connections with military connected entrepreneurs, veteran small business owners, local business organizations, and potential clients. Whether exploring a new career path after active duty service, starting a business, or growing your business, building a network is critical. In a recent entrepreneur insights study, we found that 92% of entrepreneurs find having a relevant network of the highest value to them. Bunker Labs helps you build an effective network to support your entrepreneurial efforts and, most importantly, to do it together.

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Cocktails for Celebrations
Kaleena Goldsworthy
Kaleena Goldsworthy
Proof Bar and Incubator - Director of Programs, The Bitter Bottle - Owner

Join Kaleena Goldsworthy, owner of The Bitter Bottle, for an in person cocktail (and mocktail!) class where she will go over the history and preparation of 2 cocktails you can make at home to celebrate any occasion (but for this event, we'll be toasting to start up week!).  While this demonstration is FREE, you also have the option to purchase a cocktail kit - which will include all non alcoholic, non perishable ingredients (and some tools!) needed to make the drinks along with Kaleena at home.  For more information on how to purchase a cocktail kit, please email [email protected]

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Makers Marketplace

30+ Chattanooga-area vendors will be in one place so you can browse all the best from entrepreneurs across the city. The event will be in Miller Plaza’s Waterhouse Pavilion on Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Show Up & Be You
Judy K. Herman
Judy K. Herman
Judy's Professional Services, Thought leader, Inspirational Speaker

Expect any kind of business or personal growth to be met with resistance.  Even though we want support from our loved ones, many times we get the opposite. 

The “Show Up & Be You” (SUBY) talk will show that it’s possible to stop walking on eggshells and live your true life. You’ll learn ways to relieve stress, renew your purpose and feel revived. 

You’ll experience a profound and simple technique that’s transformed hundreds of clients. Practiced on a regular basis you’ll experience ways to: 

1.     Disengage from pressure & stress

2.     Set yourself up for success

3.     Focus your energy on what matters most

4.     Get back on track when you've been derailed


You can get unstuck and stop walking on eggshells. Knowing how to move forward with confidence is possible. You can influence with power & love, without regrets.


Begin the process of living your true life beyond messy relationships. There’s no guarantee that resistance won’t happen. But you have what it takes to move through it and into your purpose.

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Noontunes Concert Series

Join a live concert by Rick Rushing during #NoontunesCHA starting at Noon. 

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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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F*Bomb: Turning an F*up into a lesson

I know you've effed up a time or two. Tell us about it. We droppin' F*Bombs by slingin' stories on how to turn a failure into a lesson. Complimentary cocktails for the first 25 folks. Bring yo'self and an effin' friend

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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
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Startup Awards Afterparty

Immediately following the Startup Awards, join us at one of the town's newest nightlight nooks, The Blue Light. There will be music, speciality cocktails and drink specials for All Startup Week attendees. (Do you really need to get to work early tomorrow? ):wink:

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Lunch at LOVE

Glass Street has a new street park called Love Park in front of our new grocery store! Come out and celebrate this new public space with us. We have arranged for a fun afternoon with DJ MC PRO, Chef Q’s Off the Grill food truck, a live mural painting, and more! Let’s celebrate all things #StartupWeek in East Chatt!

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CO.LAB Open House + End of Week Block Party with Chattanooga Design Studio & The Enterprise Center

Come meet the CO.LAB Team & Chattanooga Design Studio for an open house at CO.LAB and an afternoon block party powered by Chattanooga Design Studio and The Enterprise Center on Georgia Avenue. 




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ChattaNewbies Speed Dating
Austin Corcoran
Austin Corcoran
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Talent Engagement

Make meaningful connections with other "newbies" to the community during this fun, fast-paced event! It will be structured in a way to allow guests to sharpen their networking skills and build connections in an organized and comfortable atmosphere. Bring plenty of business cards!