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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.


Attendees (41)

KaDeadra McNealy
KaDeadra McNealy
Millennial Nail Bar (MNBgo), Founder
Ruth Kaiser
Ruth Kaiser
Eso Marketing, Business Owner
Lindsey Cox
Lindsey Cox
CO.LAB, CEO
Zachary Beker
Zachary Beker
The Company Lab, Grants and Programs Manager
Marsha Roberts
Marsha Roberts
Aysha’s Friends, Inc., President/Co-Founder
Geoff Millener
Geoff Millener
The Enterprise Center, COO
Azurae Redmond
Azurae Redmond
Young, Black & Widowed Inc., Nonprofit Founder
Debra Socia
Debra Socia
The Enterprise Center, President and CEO
Philip L. Donihe
Philip L. Donihe
INNOVEKT, INC., President
Squoia Holmes
Squoia Holmes
Innovative Strategic Consulting, CEO, Consultant
Suzanne Dulin
Suzanne Dulin
Get a Bigger Boat, LLC, Founder
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Peter Metcalfe
Peter Drew Group, Principle
Brittany Ward
Brittany Ward
CRVAS, Business Development & Marketing Manager
Shasta Mignon
Shasta Mignon
MKC production, Founder
Violaine Panasci
Violaine Panasci
Rockridge Venture Law, Brand, Data Privacy & Regulatory Attorney
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