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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Q & A with SASHA Group

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION.


Join this virtual conversation as The Sasha Group cover the importance of brand, how to build an effective brand and things to watch out for in this process. There will also be a Q&A.


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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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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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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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Rapid Growth: All About People & Culture
Chris Hurst
Chris Hurst
StratusGrid, CEO

Successful small businesses or startups aren't built by having a single "genius" or great leader at the top from day one. They are built by creating a sustainable structure and purposeful culture, of which the ability to get, keep, and grow great people should be priority number one. By obsessing over finding the best people (who fit our culture and growth goals), we have had rapid success since 2019. Tune in to hear more from Chris Hurst, CEO of StratusGrid

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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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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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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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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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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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Building Social Impact Into Your Business
Charles Wood
Charles Wood
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Vice President - Economic Development

Social impact investing and conscious capital have become widespread themes in business over the last several years. This session will include a panel of entrepreneurs who have embraced social impact as part of their business model. You'll hear how they embedded in their corporate culture and get their advice to founders who want use their business to drive more than profits.

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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!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Creating Strategic Cultures: HI USA Launch Party
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Join us for the official launch of the global leader in research-based organizational culture management, Hofstede Insights' USA office.

Hofstede Insights, USA is located in the ever-growing, technology focused "silicon valley of the south," Chattanooga, TN. The firm is made up of management consultants, trainers, coaches, facilitators, academics and data technicians, all with global experience and recognized experts in their respective fields.

During the celebration you'll hear from...

-Chattanooga's Mayor Tim Kelly

-Hofstede Insights, USA's Director and CEO Lisa DeWaard, Ph.D.

-The Group CEO of Hofstede Insights Egbert Schram

-Investment Banker & Entrepreneur Chukuka Chukuma

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Lunch at LOVE

Glass Street has a new street park called Love Park in front of our new grocery store! Come out and celebrate this new public space with us. We have arranged for a fun afternoon with DJ MC PRO, Chef Q’s Off the Grill food truck, a live mural painting, and more! Let’s celebrate all things #StartupWeek in East Chatt!

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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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Happy Hour with Solas Bio @ The Company Lab

Come meet the Solas Bio team and start your weekend off right - with happy hour!

Solas BioVentures is a Venture Capital firm that invests exclusively in the Life Science industry, focusing primarily on early and development stage Biotech, Medtech, and impactful companies. Come prepared with your Qs to get As on everything life science and biotech.

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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.

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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.