Startup Week CHA 2021 Startup Week CHA 2021

Networking

Monday, October 18, 2021

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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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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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Where to Network & What to Say When You Get There
Austin Corcoran
Austin Corcoran
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Talent Engagement

Join Young Professionals of Chattanooga (YPC)  and hear from Elaine Merritt, Executive Director, BNI as she talks about the available networking opportunities, plus a how-to on what to do once you are there (and steps on following up afterward).

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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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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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UTC Entrepreneurship Breakfast feat. Branch Technology

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will host the 2021 Entrepreneurship Breakfast, which will feature Branch Technology founder Platt Boyd.

Members of the Chattanooga community are invited to join us for the UTC Entrepreneurship Breakfast featuring Branch Technology Founder and CEO Platt Boyd on Wednesday, October 20 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the UTC University Center Tennessee Room. Enjoy a FREE breakfast, chat with students and faculty, and learn more about Boyd's entrepreneurial journey.

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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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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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Networking with Intention
TSBDC Chattanooga
TSBDC Chattanooga
TN Small Business Development Center

Are you maximizing each opportunity you have to create great business relationships? If you often find yourself leaving networking events without making meaningful connections, or if you don't know where to start networking, then this is the workshop for you. Hosted by TSBDC + BNI of Southeast TN.

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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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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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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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Noontunes Concert Series

Join a live concert by Rick Rushing during #NoontunesCHA starting at Noon. 

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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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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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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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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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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.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Chattanooga FC vs. New Amsterdam FC + Operation Get Active Corporate Cup

THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE TICKET WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

Join us at Finley Stadium on Saturday, October 23rd, as Chattanooga FC will take on New Amsterdam FC in a professional NISA league match at 7:30 PM.

Throughout the day Operation Get Active, one of the non-profits from the CFC Foundation, will be hosting their Corporate Cup at Finley Stadium. 

This tournament will bring together many different corporations from all over Chattanooga to compete in a friendly soccer tournament. It will start in the early afternoon and include a social networking event before our match. The tournament will also conclude with the championship match taking place on the field at halftime of the CFC match that night. 

Head over to operationgetactive.org if you would like to learn more or donate to this great cause! 

We welcome you all to come hang out and cheer on your favorite local companies on Saturday. We hope to see you all there! #alwaysforward

Purchase your tickets to the match at cfctix.com.