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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Coffee + a Documentary

This session is a coffee tasting and documentary preview. Global growers and communities rarely get to see how much people enjoy their craft. And, with limited success at the bottom of the chain, their livelihoods are often compromised by the global commodity price for coffee. Because we recognize their value and want to share it with others, Goodman Expert Coffee Roasters intentionally sources and roasts to highlight the work of innovative farmers, such as Ventola and Unblended in Colombia, to promote sustainability and build others up. The result is exceptional and innovative coffee you can feel good about.

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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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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


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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]

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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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ArtsBuild presents Get Money
Miriam Manda
Miriam Manda
ArtsBuild, Manager of Grants & Community Engagement
James McKissic
James McKissic
ArtsBuild, President

Join ArtsBuild as they share tips on applying for their grant funding and share information about applying for arts based grant funding more generally.

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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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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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Economic Development in the Hospitality Industry
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 session, you’ll learn ways the community, local businesses, municipalities, and government can work to help engage with and support the hospitality industry. With the pandemic leaving bars and restaurants in a critical state, leaning on one another and communicating needs and general understanding is crucial to rebuild our industry locally and beyond. Join a discussion between business owners and those in economic development. Learn how we we can enact meaningful and powerful change to help everyone succeed.

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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.

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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What does TikTok do again?

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

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

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Enneagram Happy Hour @ CO.LAB
Shelley & Chad Prevost
Shelley & Chad Prevost
Big Self School

The Enneagram is a system that helps you uncover your core personality, deeper motivations, and unconscious patterns. But more than that, it is a map that helps you grow beyond your personality and shows the way to your true self. It is a tool for transformational personal growth, and it all starts with knowing your Type. This is the beginning point to unlocking all the magic that the Enneagram holds. This workshop will introduce you to the Nine personality types in a fun, interactive way + booze.