The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work with companies ranging from street-corner mom and pop shops to tech startups scaling into major markets.

We help entrepreneurs…

  • refine their business models
  • test their ideas with customers
  • connect with a community of mentors and business experts
  • prepare to go to market
  • pursue pilot partnerships
  • attract capital
  • and much more

Schedule a Wayfinding meeting

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? We’ll help point you in the right direction. Schedule a wayfinding meeting with one of our staff advisors to discuss your vision and determine the next steps.

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Get advice from an expert

Get free, on-the-ground guidance from local business experts in finance, accounting, legal services, marketing, public speaking, and more. They’ll help you navigate the nitty-gritty details of building a successful enterprise.

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Apply for a program

Our programs are designed for entrepreneurs at every level. Whether you’re searching for the right business model, testing your ideas with potential customers, or pursuing angel investment, we can help you move the process forward.

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Attend an event

Come meet the movers and shakers of Chattanooga’s startup community at one of our regularly-scheduled events. Hear advice from seasoned entrepreneurs while mingling with business experts, peers, and other startup supporters. You may even stumble into your next co-founder.

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Work with a startup

We’re always looking for accomplished business mentors, skilled specialists, and pilot partners to support our startups. You could be one of them. Let us know if you have technical chops, industry connections, or potential beta test opportunities to share. We’ll help you put them to use.

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Get updates

Tune in to the latest happenings at CO.LAB by joining our insider list. We’ll keep you up to speed on activities for startup enthusiasts and developments in the entrepreneurial community. We’re all about creating opportunities to bring you together.

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Since 2010

companies accelerated
mentors engaged
capital raised
annual event attendees

Wondering where to start? Let us help.

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