48Hour Launch is a weekend-long business startup experience, designed to inspire entrepreneurial action at the local level.
Established in 2009, 48Hour Launch has evolved into one of the area’s leading events for new startup collaboration. The weekend-long competition challenges teams of entrepreneurs and specialists to spend 48 hours transforming a startup concept into a viable business model or prototype. The program culminates with a Pitch Night, where participants debut their work to the public and a panel of judges announces the winners.
Internet of Things Edition
September 9 – 11, 2016
In 2016, we partnered with Mozilla to bring you the Internet of Things (IoT) Edition.
IoT innovations are creating all sorts of new opportunities in learning spaces from museums and libraries to traditional school classrooms. They also represent a growing, multi-billion dollar industry in which startups are well positioned to thrive. These opportunities for innovation are even greater in gigabit cities like Chattanooga where our super-fast network allows for dozens (or even hundreds!) of connected devices to deliver immersive learning experiences and unique business opportunities.
KICK-OFF NIGHT FRIDAY, SEPT. 9 // 6 PM // FLOOR FIVE AT THE EDNEY
This is your chance to hear the ideas that came through the application process and join a team if you feel inclined to do so. Refreshments will be provided.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FRIDAY, SEPT. 9 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 // FLOOR FIVE AT THE EDNEY
Teams will work for 48 hours to develop their ideas into business models and prototypes, working side-by-side with mentors and specialists.
PITCH NIGHT SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 // 6 PM // CHURCH ON MAIN
After tirelessly building out their business models and prototypes the weekend, the teams will present them at Pitch Night. Judges will decide on which of these ideas shows the most promise and select 1st and 2nd place teams at the end. Refreshments will be provided.
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