Startup Week CHA 2021 Startup Week CHA 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

Get Organized: Make your Workspace Work for You
Kelly Lewis
Kelly Lewis
Inspired Organizing, LLC, Owner and Professional Organizer

Come hear Kelly Lewis, Professional Organizer and Owner of Inspired Organizing LLC, teach the ins and outs of an organized workspace.

#BuildInSE's Pop-Up Lemonade Stand | DAY ONE
Grace Huefner
Grace Huefner
Build In SE, Co-Founder

Build In SE invites all startup founders, investors, and tech talent to swing by their inaugural Pop-Up Lemonade Stand, a new outdoor watering hole in support of startup builders in the Southeast. 

When life gives them lemons, entrepreneurs make lemonade. When Build In SE serves complimentary lemonade, entrepreneurs gather to share stories and network. 

Lemonade servings will be complimentary, while Build In SE merch will be available for sale. A portion of funds raised during this pop-up will support local charities promoting entrepreneurship in Chattanooga. 

Sponsored by First Republic Bank

Attract Business from Residents and Visitors
Allison Wolfe
Allison Wolfe
Chattanooga Tourism Co., Partnership Director
Donna Elle
Donna Elle
Chattanooga Tourism Co., Director of Cultural Tourism

At this session, we’ll share data about Chattanooga’s tourism economy to help you understand the size of the market and make decisions for your businesses. We’ll also discuss marketing to diverse tourists and best practices for engaging visitors. You’ll leave this event with ideas on how to promote your business to our visitors and residents, and with a list of free ways to engage with Chattanooga Tourism Co.

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

Make Room, She’s Speaking (about all things money and resources)
KaDeadra McNealy
KaDeadra McNealy
Millennial Nail Bar (MNBgo), Founder

Join us for a panel discussion with local business women about financials, minimum viable product development, customer retention, team development, and more.

 Hear from: 

  • Lauren Mindermann, founder of Lolo Bar, and journey of entering the CBD industry
  • Porsche Torregano, TN&GA realtor, assisting owners maneuver in the brick and mortar decision-making
  • Alicia Moore (Business Relations) from First Volunteer Bank

Sustainability and Recycling Pitch & Pilot Competition

The City of Chattanooga and The Company Lab are partnering for a Sustainability and Recycling Pitch & Pilot Competition.

The city and nonprofit are looking for creative ways to drive the waste management structures and infrastructure systems.

This includes changes to technology, infrastructure, and educating residents.

Members of the public are invited to submit ideas covering one or more of the five areas listed below.

  1. Circular Economy
  2. Cost Efficiency in Recycling Processes
  3. Consumer/resident Education
  4. Labor Reduction
  5. Composting

Four submissions will be selected to pilot in partnership with CO.LAB and the City of Chattanooga, and those selected will be awarded a small stipend.

Chosen solutions will present during Startup Week CHA 2021 on Tues. Oct. 19 at noon and be evaluated on:

  1. Understanding of problem/solutions
  2. Quality of recommendation
  3. Implementation
  4. Feasibility (including an estimated budget)

The selected solution(s) will be selected for pilot programs to assess their feasibility in Chattanooga.

As part of the pilot process, these four ideas will be presented as a pitch event on Wed. Oct. 19, 2021 as part of Startup Week CHA.

Applications are due Oct. 3, and selected applicants will be notified Oct. 10.

Anyone with an idea can email a proposal to [email protected]

TVFCU Idea Leap Pitch Competition
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

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/


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

It's Like Networking, But With Cheese
Catherine Billings
Catherine Billings
Magnolia Fine Food CO, Owner

Gather to share ideas and brainstorm while you and your fellow Chattanoogans sample Artisan Cheese & Nut Mix pairings from Magnolia Fine Foods Co.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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.

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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Learn the basics of TikTok and get tips on using it from a millenial who found surprise success on this social media platform.