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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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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Your business + pop-ups + The Mall
Nicole Burney
Nicole Burney
CBL Properties, Senior Corporate Specialty Leasing Manager

The 90s are back and the mall is calling! 

Calling all start-ups, artisans, small business owners, niche specialties, and boutique owners.


Learn how your business can host a popup shop at Hamilton Place Mall or Northgate Mall.

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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.

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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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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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The Hustle Radio Show- The Come Up
Kevin Love
Kevin Love
The Enterprise Center, Director of Innovation District Programs
James Chapman
James Chapman
Plain Sight HQ, Founder & CEO

Join James Chapman (CEO Plainsight App) Tenisha Irvin (Realtor/Investor, Tenisha Irvin Radio Show) and Kevin Love (Cofounder of BEC Award Show, Privileged Chattanooga and Chattanooga Business Elite) as they discuss how hustling in the startup world has paid off. They will talk about everything — the pitfalls, the success stories, taking advantage of the opportunities and networking. This event will feature a DJ, drinks and light refreshments

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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Growth Mindset & Methodology (Part 2)
Anton Demenchuk
Anton Demenchuk
Cresco Group

Learn about growth frameworks that can be employed at your organization, how to select the proper key performance indicators (KPIs), plus the importance of a customer journey map.

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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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From Idea to First Sale

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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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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6 Quick Steps to Start Up Your Online Teaching Business
Suzanne Dulin
Suzanne Dulin
Get a Bigger Boat, LLC, Founder

Go from course creator to business owner in 6 easy steps. This program shows you the system that cuts through the overwhelming details of business startup. This workshop shows you how to choose what to teach, how to teach it, how to record it, and how to sell it — without spending a lot of money.

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TVA ED Community Innovation Academy

What would it look like if local governments and communities thought like start-ups to solve problems in their community? If 77% of economic growth can be attributed to small creative advances, what role could our communities play in leveraging those creative advances to create more economic opportunities for their communities?

Whether you’re a pioneering business executive, a startup hustler, a government leader, or a curious student or resident who cares about their community, this event is for you.

Join us for a pitch event to hear 6 community teams from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region present their top ideas and solutions aimed at solving a complex community challenge over the course of a 5-minute pitch. During our 2 hour program, our community teams will look to engage expert judges known as (Sharks) and audience members to identify and connect resources (ie. feedback, introductions, relationships, program funding).

The Challenge? Communities are inherently slow in responding to solve social and economic problems together. Many of them struggle to break down silos and deploy horizontal collaborations with diverse teams that produce the creative ideas critical to achieving the results that they are seeking.

By participating in the TVA ED Community Innovation Academy the past seven months, these teams of local economic developers and  community champions explored  tools, tactics and skills to more effectively and collaboratively solve community problems with the goal of sparking more economic growth and shared prosperity.

Participants were tasked with organizing a community innovation team, identifying a critical community problem, and incubating a solution that could solve it and positively support growth in their local economies. Teams have completed ecosystem maps, performed community innovation capacity assessments, engaged in hours of collaboration meetings, and are now interested in each sharing their bright ideas on the national stage of Chattanooga start-up week.

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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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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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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.