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About Us

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From idea to business.

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 also wake up every morning thinking about how to create a more robust and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region.

Located in the heart of Chattanooga’s Innovation District on Floor One of the Edney Innovation Center, we’re bringing entrepreneurs into direct contact with some of the sharpest, most motivated minds in the city.

Learn more about what this means for the people we serve:

CHA Innovation District
Edney Innovation Center

Our Mission

Our mission is to increase the viability of startups in southeast Tennessee by connecting entrepreneurs with expertise, resources, and community.

Our Values

We believe creativity drives innovation, innovation drives entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship drives sustained economic growth.

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Our People

Our Partners

Our History

CO.LAB formed in 2008 as a project of CreateHere.

Its original purpose, as a part of CreateHere’s mission, was to make Chattanooga a more creative and vibrant city that would attract and retain creatives and entrepreneurs alike. Since launching our SpringBoard program — which has evolved into the CO.STARTERS program we operate today — we’ve morphed into a full-fledged startup accelerator equipped to support entrepreneurs at every cycle of development.

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