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After several years of operating on East Main Street, CO.LAB moved to Floor One of The Edney Innovation Center and became the first tenant of the Innovation District's dedicated space to supporting startups.
CO.LAB and other organizations partnered together to organize the first annual Startup Week Chattanooga—a celebration of Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community.
While working with microbusiness founders through the SpringBoard program, the biggest barriers to successful launch emerged in the areas of customer-focused development and scalability. To meet this need, The Company Lab developed CO.STARTERS, a new curriculum taking the best of SpringBoard and combining it with [...]
As Charlie Brock transitioned to a state-wide position at Launch Tennessee, The Company Lab brought on Mike Bradshaw as Entrepreneur-in-Residence to help lead the team alongside Founder Sheldon Grizzle.
On the heels of the successful GIGTANK summer accelerator, The Company Lab formally launched a Regional Accelerator for local startups. The inaugural cohort of five teams with high-growth potential concepts participated in a 100-day program where they received coworking space, intensive mentoring, and preparation for [...]
The Company Lab kicked off its first official accelerator program in May through GIGTANK 2012. Eight entrepreneurial teams from across the U.S. moved to Chattanooga to participate in the experience, where they developed concepts ranging from mobile campus security to gaming applications. In August, Team [...]
In cooperation with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC), The Company Lab launched a bi-monthly seminar series designed to continue to support and educate startups. The free lunch and evening sessions feature local entrepreneurs who share their business stories and tips that lead to [...]
In 2010, Chattanooga became America’s first “Gig City” by completing a community-wide fiber network connecting more than 150,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square-mile area. As a cooperative effort to draw tech talent to the area, The Gig City announced the 2012 GIGTANK summer accelerator—an [...]
CreateHere’s five-year initiative underwent its dramatic supernova in December 2011, dissolving the organization. However, just as the luminous explosion of a supernova triggers the formation of new stars, CreateHere’s big bang was only the beginning for the exciting community initiatives it generated. Many of the [...]