Monday, October 18, 2021
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!
Raising capital during any time can be rough, but your first round during the pandemic? Ron Fabela, cofounder of SynSaber, dives into the lessons learned from successfully raising a seed round during COVID.
In this session we will cover: investor accredidation, what kinds of companies to look for, and risk vs. returns (i.e. what to expect).
Who should attend? - Those interested in becoming angel investors - People interested in technology and investing - Founders who want perspective on "the other side of the table"
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.
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
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.
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:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR OFFICE HOURS HERE.
Do you have legal questions related to your idea or emerging business? We are offering free one-on-one legal advice! Sign up for a 30-minute time slot with one of our experienced and knowledgeable startup attorneys. Our Chambliss Startup Group takes a comprehensive, 360° approach to advising entrepreneurs, emerging and high growth companies, and investors. We are deeply rooted in the startup community and counsel clients in a variety of industries, such as healthtech, 3-D printing, transportation and logistics, food and beverage, real estate, and manufacturing.
We recommend you submit any questions or topics you have when signing up or prior to the meeting so we can best assist you. Our attorneys are offering these hours to anyone interested, whether you're an entrepreneur starting your first business, an investor evaluating opportunities, or if you're running a rapidly growing business looking to expand into new territory. We cover topics A-Z, and some of the questions we often answer cover formation, equity and ownership, raising capital, liability, employment, contracts and service agreements, cybersecurity and data privacy, trademarks and patents, real estate, and compliance.
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!
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