Chattanooga, though bursting with ideas and ambition, was notably lacking an entrepreneurial culture. Emerging entrepreneurs were frustrated by an inability to sustain and grow their ventures, and needed support to get projects off the ground and make them thrive. SpringBoard’s first class launched with 20 participants ranging from potters to furniture makers to hammered dulcimer players. To date, more than 1350 individuals have graduated the program, which became CO.STARTERS in 2013.