48Hour Launch has been named the kick-off event for Global Entrepreneurship Week for the State of TN! The launch will take place on the weekend of November 11th-13th.

Because of the added press and media that will be garnered from our partnership with the State of TN and GEW, this is an ideal opportunity to turn your idea into reality. This year’s 48Hour Launch will include tracks for a technology, product and social impact innovations.

To encourage and reward innovation and creativity, we will offer three prize packages, one in each track. These three packages will include business services valued in the thousands of dollars each. Prizes will be awarded at Sunday’s Demo Night.


Pre-event pitch night: Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00PM, at the CO.LAB
48Hour Launch begins: Friday, November 11th at 6:00 PM
Public Demo Night begins: Sunday, November 13th at 6:00PM
Sunday’s demo night will be Tennessee’s official kick off event for Global Entrepreneurship Week!


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Why not?! Chattanooga is one of the greatest places in the world to live…and now we’re trying to show why it’s one of the greatest places to launch a startup. 48Hour Launch is a platform for building collaboration within the community of Chattanooga’s entrepreneurs, creatives, specialists, business professionals, students, and investors.


Online Applications will be accepted until November 1st. Accepted applicants will pitch their ideas at the pre-event pitch night to raise interest in their idea and to build out their team. The 48Hour Launch weekend begins Friday at 6:00 with team leaders presenting their concepts, additional skills needed, and goals for the weekend to event participants in three minutes or less. Participants will join into teams and work over the weekend, preparing for a final pitch on Sunday night. The three winning projects will be chosen by panels of experts as well as by real-time voting from the audience. Each winner will receive a package of relevant business services from local companies worth several thousand dollars.


You. Anyone can be involved. If you have big ideas, mad professional skills, creative skills, a problem solving mind, money to invest, etc, you can be a part of making something great. We need people to pitch project ideas for the weekend, we need both skilled and “still learning” coders, designers, writers, marketing and business strategists. We could even use some event volunteers too! If you don’t fit into any of these categories, then you can still be a part of things by attending the public Demo Night on Sunday at 6:00. You support is invaluable, and there will be food, beer, exciting ideas, and an opportunity to vote for the three winning projects!

Submit an idea!

Register for the weekend: $40–includes a weekend of good food & beer, T-shirt & swag, admission to pitch event // $25–student admission // $5–public pitch event, pay at the door

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