Will This Float? is an annual business pitch competition that showcases up-and-coming startup ideas in the Chattanooga area. Our theme for 2014 is Outdoor Recreation & Sustainability, though business ideas of all types are welcome.
This fast-paced event is often the first moment in the limelight for participating entrepreneurs. Each finalist gets the stage for three minutes to tell the world (including local startup leaders and potential mentors and team members) why his or her concept is awesome. Once all participants present, the audience and a panel of judges vote on the best idea. At the end of the evening, the winning entrepreneur receives a cash prize and a package of free business services to take his or her startup idea to the next level.
Join us on Nov. 18th to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy an evening filled with great food and drinks, stellar company, and tons of innovative business ideas.
Tuesday 6–9 pm | November 18, 2014
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY
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WHO IS IT FOR?
This event is open to anyone interested in becoming a part of our region's startup community. If you enjoy hearing new startup ideas and meeting other creative and startup-minded people, or if you are interested in joining, mentoring, or investing in a startup team, you need to come.Register to Attend
Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Submissions are narrowed down to the top contenders, who will present their startup concept in three minutes or less at the pitch event. We use a combination of feedback from our panel of judges as well as crowdsourced voting to determine which idea "FLOATs" best. (See criteria below.)
What does it mean to FLOAT?
We are most interested in ideas that fall in line with the following FLOAT criteria:
- Few direct competitors (Is this a novel idea?)
- Low adoption/switching costs (Will customers use this?)
- On-time entry to market (Is the window of opportunity open?)
- Addresses unfilled need or want (Does this solve a real problem?)
- Target market is identified and large (Who are the customers?)
Who should apply to pitch?
We're looking for business ideas that represent a variety of areas:
- outdoor recreation
- consumer products
- social entrepreneurship
- local food economy
- entrepreneurial services
- disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods
- arts and creativity
- corporate spinoffs
- student entrepreneurs