From idea to business.

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work with companies ranging from street-corner mom and pop shops to tech startups scaling into major markets. We also wake up every morning thinking about how to create a more robust and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region.

Located in the heart of Chattanooga’s Innovation District on Floor One of the Edney Innovation Center, we’re bringing entrepreneurs into direct contact with some of the sharpest, most motivated minds in the city.

Learn more about what this means for the people we serve:

CHA Innovation District
Edney Innovation Center

Our Mission

Our mission is to increase the capability and viability of startups in southeast Tennessee by connecting entrepreneurs with expertise, resources, and community.

Our Values

Our core values are rooted in the maker mentality, diversity, inclusion and belonging, and selfless ecosystem building.

We support entrepreneurs across southeast Tennessee through collaboration with community partners. 

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Meet the team behind the scenes.

Our Team

Our Strategic Plan

Program Enhancement

CO.LAB will enhance programs to meet the changing needs of entrepreneurs and the marketplace, and best utilize our region’s assets. Program enhancements will support the progress toward achieving the mission of the organization.

Leveraging the Network

CO.LAB will strengthen the ecosystem by improving access to the region’s network of talent, experts, and opportunities, building diverse and inclusive workgroups, and committing to skill and workforce improvement.

Marketing Expansion

CO.LAB will represent our region’s vibrant startup ecosystem in the global community. We will promote Chattanooga as a destination for entrepreneurs building businesses where local assets present a competitive advantage.

Data & Insights

CO.LAB will collect data and develop insights related to entrepreneurship and ecosystem building to promote advancement of startups in the region.

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