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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Make + learn: Buttons + 4th Floor magic

Stop by the Chattanooga Public Library table to make an official Startup Week button and learn all about the 4th Floor Makerspace. Located in the Downtown Library at 1001 Broad St, the Makerspace is a community hub for entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and more. With just a library card, you get access to 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl plotters, a CNC router, large format printer, screen printing, a sewing lab, and co-working spaces!

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Calling All Founders of Color
Brynn Plummer
Brynn Plummer
Nashville Entrepreneur Center, VP, Equity, Inclusion & Community
Monique Killyon
Monique Killyon
Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Manager, Equity, Inclusion & Community

Come find out about Twende, a year-long opportunity for tech founders of color in TN looking to grow their businesses.

This session will be followed by Office Hours in the afternoon for those interested in speaking 1:1 about the program.

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Southside Lounge + Co-working @ The Chattery

Join other Startup Week CHA attendees at the Southside Lounge @ The Chattery. Co-working, recharge stations, and beverages will be available. Attendees can also enjoy Sleepyhead Coffee's new Southside location here Wed-Friday (7am-2pm) during Startup Week. 

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#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

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Loving Yourselfie

Come meet Chattanooga's newest attraction - The Selfie Museum - at an exclusive pop-up just for Startup Week CHA

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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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Calling All Founders of Color | OFFICE HOURS
Brynn Plummer
Brynn Plummer
Nashville Entrepreneur Center, VP, Equity, Inclusion & Community
Monique Killyon
Monique Killyon
Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Manager, Equity, Inclusion & Community

Held as a follow-up to our morning session, this is an opportunity for founders to meet 1:1 with the Twende team to learn more and see if this program is right for you.

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Raising VC Funds During the Pandemic
Ron Fabela
Ron Fabela
SynSaber, Co-Founder and CTO

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.

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Starting Your Business During a Pandemic
DeJuan Jordan
DeJuan Jordan
LAUNCH, Director of Business Support

As COVID-19 continues to challenge our community and small business owners, the LAUNCH Chattanooga team is working to support entrepreneurs. This workshop will discuss the challenges and advantages of starting a business during this time, as well as the necessary steps to do so.

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Consumer Goods 101: Launching a Consumer Packaged Product
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 seminar, join the PROOF team as they discuss what it’s like to explore the creation, development, and market execution of launching a consumer product.

Mike Robinson - Founder

Mia Littlejohn - Founder

Kaleena Goldsworthy - Director of Programs

Tim Moore - Director of Communications

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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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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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Eat, Sip, Ask – Meet Our Startup Attorneys and Ask Away

Lawyers are people, too! Come join us for light refreshments and the opportunity to ask us your most pressing legal questions – whether related to your investment opportunities, emerging business, or plans for getting started.

Meeting with an attorney should not be scary, nor should it be a hassle. Our Chambliss Startup Group attorneys are dedicated to helping Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community thrive. In this event, we'll briefly share what we do and how you can use us and our partners as a resource. You'll have time to ask us questions as a group or one-on-one. We'll also provide our go-to checklist for startups, covering areas related to company organization, employees and independent contractors, brand and intellectual property identification and protection, contracting, and investments/funding. This event will be casual, so feel free to drop in on either of the two days that fit your schedule best. Whether you're an entrepreneur starting out, an investor looking to expand your portfolio, or your team is doubling in size, we combine our industry and legal experience to provide you with business-minded solutions to help you thrive.

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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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Identifying Your Core Values
Ruth Kaiser
Ruth Kaiser
Eso Marketing, Business Owner

In this session, you’ll hear from a new entrepreneur who has overcome challenges by staying focused on core values. Hear how staying true to your mission can positively impact your business.

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Sustainability Made Simple: Future Proofing Your Business
Kelley Cureton
Kelley Cureton
green|spaces Chattanooga, Director of Programs and Events

What does sustainability mean to your startup? In this session you’ll get up to speed about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), which is a term that’s becoming commonplace for investors, customers, influencers and employees. You’ll learn why it’s important to be ESG-savvy and how local nonprofit green|spaces can help.

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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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Southside Lounge + Co-working @ The Chattery

Join other Startup Week CHA attendees at the Southside Lounge @ The Chattery. Co-working, recharge stations, and beverages will be available. Attendees can also enjoy Sleepyhead Coffee's new Southside location here Wed-Friday (7am-2pm) during Startup Week.

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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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#BuildInSE's Pop-Up Lemonade Stand | DAY TWO
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

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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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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

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Hear about the changes for the SBA EIDL Loan (deadline fast approaching)
Join Stream

The SBA Tennessee District Office will provide updates on recent changes to the EIDL loan and “grant” program and will take your questions.  You must get your application submitted before December 31 2021 or before the funds run out. SBA Tennessee will also provide information on all SBA programs available to you for counseling, government contracting, and traditional lending.

 

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Recycling Your Electronics: Why It's Important and How We Can Help!
Leann and Jamison Cinaglia
Leann and Jamison Cinaglia
Always Be Recycling, Owners / Founders

We will be leading a discussion about electronics recycling and why it is so important to keep electronics and their components out of the landfill. We will also be accepting small electronics for recycling!

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Bunker Connect hosted by Bunker Labs

Bunker Connect is a facilitated business networking event designed to intentionally build meaningful connections with military connected entrepreneurs, veteran small business owners, local business organizations, and potential clients. Whether exploring a new career path after active duty service, starting a business, or growing your business, building a network is critical. In a recent entrepreneur insights study, we found that 92% of entrepreneurs find having a relevant network of the highest value to them. Bunker Labs helps you build an effective network to support your entrepreneurial efforts and, most importantly, to do it together.

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Cocktails for Celebrations
Kaleena Goldsworthy
Kaleena Goldsworthy
Proof Bar and Incubator - Director of Programs, The Bitter Bottle - Owner

Join Kaleena Goldsworthy, owner of The Bitter Bottle, for an in person cocktail (and mocktail!) class where she will go over the history and preparation of 2 cocktails you can make at home to celebrate any occasion (but for this event, we'll be toasting to start up week!).  While this demonstration is FREE, you also have the option to purchase a cocktail kit - which will include all non alcoholic, non perishable ingredients (and some tools!) needed to make the drinks along with Kaleena at home.  For more information on how to purchase a cocktail kit, please email [email protected]

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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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ChattaScooter Startup Tour
patrick molloy
patrick molloy
Adventure Sports Innovation, Founder

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION AND IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 PEOPLE ON SITE, SO ARRIVE EARLY.

Meet some of the coolest Startup companies and support groups in Chattanooga – up close and personal, yet while being socially distant. Join Adventure Sports Innovation on a riding tour around the city using their “ChattaScooters.” The tour will stop at numerous business locations, where participants will get to meet and hear from entrepreneurs who are building their dream companies right here in the Scenic City.   We’ll also include a couple of organizations whose mission is to help entrepreneurs to get started and succeed.   Our tour will feature short stops at multiple venues, and our hosts will share their story and other interesting stories about the entrepreneurial side of the city. Participants will be given a brief tutorial and safety briefing, plus a little practice time before the tour kicks off. Helmets will be provided. Group size is limited, so sign up early.  We’ll create an EventBrite signup, to ensure we have enough devices for all registered participants.

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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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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.

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From Cottage Food Operations to Food Trucks: What You Need to Know
Join on Zoom

*Register in Zoom link as well *


Thinking about taking your culinary skills beyond cooking or baking for family and friends to sharing your delectables with the broader community for profit? If so, this virtual workshop is for you. Whether you are currently a home-based operation, catering, or considering a food truck, this panel will provide you with the practical, technical, and resource information that you need for regulatory compliance and success.


Meet the panelist: 

Ryan Brown - Program Manager, Food Programs, Hamilton County Health Department 

Wykena Brown - Kena's Cajun Kitchen 

Christine Nguyen - Mama Crunk's Pies 

James "Pat" Rowe - BBQ Rowe and Catering

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Ladies Who Launch at Common House

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION 


Ladies Who Launch is a partnership between The Chattery & Common House and connects women who are breaking glass ceilings and impacting our community. This month's topic is artists as entrepreneurs featuring Mattie Waters & Jules Downum (The Popup Project), Erika Roberts (Velvet Poetry) and moderated by Miriam Manda of Arts Build.


Lunch is sponsored by The Company Lab

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Lunch and Learn UTC

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION.


Come hear LoLo Bars founder, Lauren Mindermann, talk about starting her food business after graduating from UTC with a degree in Nutrition.

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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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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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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

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Operation Unveiled: Prom Dress Drop-Off
Veatrice Conley
Veatrice Conley
Unveiled Bridal Studio LLC

Unveiled Bridal Studio is excited to partner with The Closet of Blessings to collect new and very gentle worn, clean and stylish prom dresses to donate to local high school girls in the greatest need for the 2022 prom season. We are inviting the Chattanooga community to pay it forward by dropping off dress donations to the studio located at 707 Cherry St. All donors will be entered to win a FREE pair of earrings and custom Unveiled Roses All Day candle! Come out, give back and make a difference!

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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. 




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ChattaNewbies Speed Dating
Austin Corcoran
Austin Corcoran
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Talent Engagement

Make meaningful connections with other "newbies" to the community during this fun, fast-paced event! It will be structured in a way to allow guests to sharpen their networking skills and build connections in an organized and comfortable atmosphere. Bring plenty of business cards!

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Goat Yoga at Moser Manor Farms
Vanessa Moser
Vanessa Moser
Moser Manor Farms, Owner

THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE ON SITE, SO ARRIVE EARLY.

Just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Chattanooga and you will find yourself on our serene six acre homestead in Hixson. Why yoga with goats, you ask? Because goat cuddles reduce anxiety and depression by increasing oxytocin and dopamine levels, those good ole bonding and feel-good hormones. Now who doesn’t need more of that especially these days? When you come to Moser Manor Farms you will be instantly surrounded by serene, calming pastures. You’ll join us in our outdoor common area on the side of the barn next to the animal pastures where you’ll find mats we provide waiting for you.

This session is limited to 25 people and reservations are required.

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Chatt Taste Food Tour
Lya Kimbrough
Lya Kimbrough
The Company Lab, Capital Access and Community Engagement Manager

THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 PEOPLE ON SITE, SO ARRIVE EARLY.

Visit 4 restaurants along Historic MLK Blvd. These Chattanooga staples exemplify culture and tenacity of establishments generations strong. This history-oriented walking tour mixes new and timeless eateries.