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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Not All Press is Good Press
Chloe Morrison
Chloe Morrison
The Company Lab, Communications Director

PR/Communication/media professionals Chloé Morrison and Jim Tanner will teach entrepreneurs how to create positive media coverage. We'll cover how to do an interview, write a press release and work with the media.

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Get Your Angel (Investor) Wings
Jay Shaffer
Jay Shaffer
Atlanta Technology Angels, Board Member
Chris Cummings
Chris Cummings
Iconic Moments & Pass It Down, Founder & CEO
Graham Gintz
Graham Gintz
Knightley, CEO

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"

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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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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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Find Your Funding (Panel + Q&A)
TSBDC Chattanooga
TSBDC Chattanooga
TN Small Business Development Center

Need funding to start or sustain your business? Join us to hear from a panel of local funding providers. You will hear from these organizations about their specific programs (eligibility, requirements, terms, etc.) and will also be able to ask questions. Panelists include:

Audra Kelly, Southeast TN Development District

Gary Moore, BrightBridge

Katie Hendrix, Pathway

Kimberly Narramore, City of Chattanooga

Lya Kimbrough, Kiva 

Marcus Johnson, TVFCU

The panel will be moderated by Lynn Chesnutt from TSBDC.

 

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Where to Network & What to Say When You Get There
Austin Corcoran
Austin Corcoran
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Talent Engagement

Join Young Professionals of Chattanooga (YPC)  and hear from Elaine Merritt, Executive Director, BNI as she talks about the available networking opportunities, plus a how-to on what to do once you are there (and steps on following up afterward).

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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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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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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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Chattanooga's FIRST-EVER "Network Under 40" + Book Launch from TED Speaker

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION. Click THIS LINK to register for the event and use the promo code CHA for a free ticket.

Who: You and 50-100 of Chattanooga's top Millennial-aged entrepreneurs, corporate talents, and side-hustlers

What: A night of networking to build friendships and business collaborations.

Where: Branch Technology, 1530 Riverside Drive, Suite B, Chattanooga, TN 37406

When: Wednesday, Oct 20th from 6-9pm

Why: The quality of your life and the success you achieve in your career is a direct result of the people you meet along your journey.

There are few spaces where you can genuinely bring your best self, engage with your peers without fear or awkwardness, and have fun while networking.

Network Under 40 has connected over 30,000 business owner and corporate "intrapreneurs" like yourself to their next job, client, friend, mentor, and opportunity, all in low-pressure and high-fun environments. We've hosted these events for 10 years in cities like Atlanta, Nashville, Baltimore, DC, Austin, Denver, and more.

Now, we're bringing NU40 to CHA.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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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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Boost your SaaS

In this info session, hear growth-stage SaaS tips, from pandemic management to investor expectations

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Hardhat Tour of Brickyard
Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson
Brickyard, Co-Founder/General Partner

Meet the team — and see the space while it's still being built — of Chattanooga's new early-stage capital and founder's club. Built & funded by the founders of Bellhop and Lamp Post Group, Brickyard recruits world-class founders from all over the country to exit the rat-race, and build unencumbered alongside others in it, and those who’ve been through it.

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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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Tour the MLK Testbed for Smart City Technology

You've likely driven or walked on the UTC testbed for Smart Cities located downtown on MLK Boulevard, but do you know about the innovation taking place? Join UTC for a walk-and-talk tour of the space and learn how innovative technology is being developed and deployed in a real-world setting - right here in Chattanooga!

You can find the meeting point here