Between her time growing up in Chattanooga and moving back years later, Ashlee was an odd-job extraordinaire who explored life on both the East and West Coasts. Upon her return to Chattanooga, Ashlee took a job at an insurance startup owned by a venture capital incubator. It was here she got her taste for the entrepreneurial economy and gained her business chops, handling sales/marketing strategy and risk management for a diverse range of companies. Outside of the office, Ashlee loves to cook, see live music and get her hands dirty in the garden. Her first job was opening franchises for a hot dog shop, swiftly followed by her second job: shutting down said hot dog franchises. Here she learned about appropriately managing a growth plan, cash flow & how to make a top-notch chili cheese dog. She joined CO.LAB in 2015, and manages the GIGTANK, Accelerator and CO.STARTERS programs.
Tom joined CO.LAB as our Entrepreneur-in-Residence in August 2017. Tom is a transplant from Boulder, Colorado, where he founded Velocity Plus, a consultancy that offers strategic advising to companies of various sizes and stages. He also serves as an advisor with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, a collective network that connects high-growth companies with experienced serial entrepreneurs across Colorado. In his 30+ year career, Tom has built and exited three companies in the finance and technology industries. Tom works with Ashlee Owens, our Director of Programs, to guide and offer support to our Accelerator cohorts.
TRYALLGabriel Wamunyu + Anthony Wamunyu Maina + Jason Oteng-Nyame
Tryall is a web and mobile platform that allows users to test subscription-based products without the typical stresses of free trials. Developed by Asili Labs, the platform helps users find and easily manage free trial subscriptions, receive personalized recommendations for other free trials and track expiration dates to avoid incurring charges for products and services the user does not want to purchase. tryall.co
LMFT CONNECTRachel McCrickard
LMFT Connect is an online platform that provides career development services for marriage and family therapists worldwide. The platform strengthens the network of mental health professionals by making peer consultation and continuing education more accessible than traditional industry avenues. lmftconnect.com
PLEASE ASSIST MEStephanie Cummings
Please Assist Me is a tech-based platform that allows customers to outsource their weekly household chores to a team of trusted professionals. The service offers a comprehensive solution to people with busy lifestyles, managing everything from their groceries, laundry, dry cleaning, mail, housecleaning and more at an affordable price. pleaseassistme.com
Pure SodaworksMatt Rogers
Pure Sodaworks is a line of handcrafted soda products made with pure cane sugar and natural ingredients such as fruit, juice, herbs and spices. puresodaworks.com
Scoopsmith is a web platform that allows customers to easily create, share and monetize their own workout supplements. Scoopsmith provides customers with a variety of supplement options outside the traditional industry offerings. scoopsmith.com
Village CreedTony Whitehead
Village Creed is a digital marketplace that connects volunteers and service organizations focused on community impact and engagement. The platform offers a secure hub for organizations to promote events, raise funds and manage volunteers, while giving people a simple way to explore their passions and build an ongoing, verifiable record of their service to self and others. villagecreed.com