As a part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN initiative, The Company Lab was chosen as Southeast Tennessee’s Regional Accelerator. At the same time, the nation’s first and only statewide accelerator network formed as a public-private partnership under the name Launch Tennessee.
As CreateHere wound down, The Company Lab prepared to continue and named Chattanooga veteran entrepreneur and business leader Charlie Brock as Executive Entrepreneur.
Filling the last missing piece in Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, a group of Chattanooga business leaders launched a formalized angel capital fund aimed at encouraging local entrepreneurship and fueling economic growth.
The Company Lab launched by organizing Chattanooga’s first community-wide pitch competition, which celebrated the entrepreneurial community and connected the wider public to Chattanooga’s emerging startup scene. Rural entrepreneur Nathan Derrick took the top prize at the first Will This Float? with his “Amazon for the [...]
After months of talking with successful entrepreneurs and looking at other models for supporting high-growth startups, certain themes began to emerge: the importance of mentorship, the need for access to capital at all stages of growth, and a demand for talented specialists. The Company Lab [...]
The pace of entrepreneurial development in the Chattanooga region needed acceleration. CreateHere Fellow Sheldon Grizzle led a business startup weekend to bring bright minds together for an intensive period of community-building, planning, incubation, and launching. The inaugural weekend startup event took place in conjunction with [...]
SpringBoard developed Peer Roundtables—a series of 12 monthly meetings for CEOs of businesses—to drive innovation, hone decision-making, and improve business performance. At each Peer Roundtable, a facilitator guided 10–12 local CEOs from different industries in discussing their experiences and insights in a confidential setting.
SpringBoard turned its attention to another group of promising entrepreneurs: high school students. The Youth Entrepreneurship Competition asked targeted questions to get students thinking about the creative economy in tangible ways, giving them tools to act on their ambitions.
InnovateHere was an incentive program designed to attract and retain promising ventures with strong prospects of growth to locate their headquarters on Main Street. The program was funded by the Lyndhurst foundation and provided up to $150,000 per company in forgivable loans. InnovateHere was the [...]
Business leaders recognized the need for a network of capital and mentors to encourage, support and sustain Chattanooga’s next wave of entrepreneurs. Seeds were planted for what would later become InnovateHere and the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund.