CONSUMER GOODS

Program: Dates to be determined.

Overview

CO.LAB’s Lifestyle and Consumer Goods Accelerator is a 12-week program for B2C startups working in a range of industries, particularly those working in the outdoor recreation or food and beverage space. Why? Because we operate in hotspots for both. Our entrepreneurs get the opportunity to draw on Chattanooga’s robust network of industry experts to supercharge their product development and go-to-market strategy.

Perks

  • Home of a thriving food and beverage production industry and some of the nation’s leading experts in large-scale production and distribution

  • Booming outdoor recreation hotspot — heralded as Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever” two years in a row — and major leader in Tennessee’s $11 billion outdoor industry

  • Access to Chattanooga’s growing retail industry that earned a combined $6.8 billion in sales in 2016 alone

  • Deep pool of manufacturing talent stemming from Chattanooga’s many decades of leadership as one of the strongest advanced manufacturing hubs in the Southeast

  • Fast access to major markets like Nashville, Atlanta and Birmingham — all located within a short two-hour drive

  • Access to highly-developed logistics infrastructure, including three major interstate highways, two major rail lines, and a number of large-scale shippers, barge operators and warehouses

Qualifications

Our Consumer Goods accelerator is focused on developing and scaling companies who bring quality products and innovation to the food, beverage and outdoor industries. In order to qualify for participation, startups must demonstrate a completed proof of concept. Candidates may include (but are not limited to) those working in the following areas:

  • Pre-packaged food and beverage products

  • SAAS products designed for retail space

  • Outdoor/recreational equipment and apparel

  • E-commerce platforms

  • Brewery, distillery and restaurant concepts

  • 3D printing applications for consumer products

  • And more…

Interested in the accelerator but not sure if you are a good fit? Fill out the form below and let’s talk:

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Summer 2018 Cohort