Chattanooga Community Collaborates For CO.LAB Kickstart Week


Startup Week CHA is different every year, but one thing that has remained the same since 2014 is community support for the celebration of an Entrepreneurship and Community Week.

Company Lab CEO Lindsey Cox described the nonprofit as “the stewards” of Startup Week, which runs October 18-22. CO.LAB hosts flagship events, and the remaining 80+ events come from locals who are passionate about entrepreneurship and our community.

“There are new elements, like a career fair,” said Chloe Morrison, director of communications for CO.LAB. “And there will be events to suit entrepreneurs and business people, as well as the average local citizen who wants a reason to celebrate Chattanooga.”

This year, CO.LAB is asking organizers to cheer on Friday by focusing on fun and friendly events that appeal to everyone, from start-ups to entrepreneurs.

As the week approaches, CO.LAB is also calling on area residents to rekindle the local entrepreneurial momentum by keeping up to date with current events, attending events and working with local entrepreneurs and organizations. .

It can all start at Startup Week.

You can find the schedule and create your own agenda here.

All events are free and thanks to our sponsor EPB, free parking will be available at the garage across from Miller Park.

Six reasons to participate in the CHA Startup Week 2021

  1. That’s over 80 free events (including parking).
  2. You’ll meet entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners, and other Chattanooga movers and shakers.
  3. You will learn all the things.
  4. You will be able to spend time with nice people, including the new CO.LAB team.
  5. You will have a first glimpse and guided tours of the developments to come.
  6. It’s a great way to support your community and its economic and community development.

Don’t forget to register to participate here.

Iconic events

The majority of Startup Week events are hosted by community members, but CO.LAB hosts and runs signature events. This year there are five signature elements, representing a combination of annual pillars and new events.


Career fair

About 20 suppliers, including successful and growing companies like Steam Logistics, attend this event, and anyone looking for a job is welcome.

  • The Startup Week CHA 2021 Job Fair
  • Wednesday October 20
  • 12 pm-4pm
  • Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza

Reverse Slope Recycling with the City of Chattanooga

This innovative event is designed to help find creative ways to improve waste management structures and infrastructure systems. This includes changes to technology, infrastructure and resident education.

  • Think about ways to reduce landfill waste or improve current recycling processes.
  • The plan is to test ideas on a small scale to see if they can ultimately make a bigger difference.
  • View the proposal guidelines here.
  • Applications should be sent on October 3 and selected applicants will be notified on October 10. Anyone with an idea can email a proposal to [email protected].

The field is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19 in the Waterhouse pavilion from noon to 2 p.m.

Creators Market

It’s a chance for local shopping and for local vendors to get in touch with customers.

  • Buy local until you come across Makers Marketplace
  • Wed, October 20
  • 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Waterhouse Pavilion
  • Apply to participate


Will it float?

In its 12th year, the Company Lab’s Will This FLOAT pitch competition is going back to its roots.

Through this annual event, CO.LAB aims to support entrepreneurs with new or soon to be launched businesses and ideas. The companies or products must have been launched after October 19, 2020 or they must be new and not yet in the market.

The participants have already been selected and will pitch during Startup Week.

  • Does this FLOAT (WTF) 2021
  • Monday October 18 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Waterhouse Pavilion, 850 Market Street.

Start price

This classic event has two components: a social event, followed by an awards ceremony on October 21.

The Social Startup Awards are powered by Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel and will take place at Naked River Brewing.

From there, participants will take part in a short parade with a local marching band, which will lead the crowd to the awards ceremony on the grounds of Finley Stadium.

After the awards show, expect a food truck for evening snacks.

The social is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The rewards start at 7:30 p.m. and will last for one hour. So snacks!

Leap Grant Pitch Night Idea

Watch five small businesses compete for the chance to win a $ 21,000 grant from the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union at the fourth annual Idea Leap Grant Pitch Night. All finalists will walk away with grant funds to reinvest in their small businesses.

The Idea Leap Grant Initiative is an extension of TVFCU’s Idea Leap Loan Initiative which was established in October 2016. The Idea Leap Loan fills a void in the community for loans of up to $ 50,000 to emerging businesses. Through the Idea Leap Grant Initiative, TVFCU has awarded more than $ 125,000 in grants to small businesses in the region since its inception in 2018.


This event would not be possible without the generous support of the community. Thanks to all of our sponsors: EPB, Pinnacle Financial Services, Elliott Davis, Miller & Martin, Pathway Lending, LaunchTN, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, TVFCU, Benwood Foundation, City of Chattanooga, River City Co. and Steam Logistics.


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