Chief Operating Officer


The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work to increase the viability of startups in our region and strengthen the ecosystem of support behind them. The companies we serve range from mom and pop shops to high growth potential startups. Established as the front door for entrepreneurs in our region, we help launch and sustain new businesses by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, investors, and a community of support. We also work to create environments that inspire entrepreneurial activity, open doors within our business community, and promote job creation. These efforts may take place at the street level, on a national stage, or even globally.

Our work has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Fox News, Fortune, Forbes and Fast Company, and we’re only just getting started. You’ll have the opportunity to help us build upon our past successes while supporting new ones that advance our mission.


The COO will be responsible for the management of CO.LAB’s finance and operations, in addition to serving as an external spokesperson.


Strategic Leadership

  • Work closely with the CEO to develop and execute strategic plans for each of the organization’s programs, events and initiatives
  • Serve as organization’s spokesperson
  • Work with staff to offer and run programs and events that meet CO.LAB’s strategy and the needs of CO.LAB entrepreneurs
  • Develop community partnerships that ensure CO.LAB meets its strategic goals and objections and that further the impact of CO.LAB programs and events
  • Develop prospecting strategies to identify revenue opportunities and manage pipeline
  • Support management of partnerships with key stakeholders, including renewal discussions

Finance & Operations

  • Responsible for all of CO.LAB’s financial operations, A/R and A/P, payroll, taxes, reporting, state and federal filings and other tasks as needed
  • Work with any outside partners to ensure accurate and timely compliance of financial operations.
  • Develop and manage CO.LAB’s budget
  • Help CEO manage Board of Directors’ meetings and required materials
  • Oversee CO.LAB grants and any reporting or programmatic requirements associated with those grants
  • Manage organization’s technology and maintain its proper functioning
  • Manages operations, ensuring CO.LAB space and supplies are organized, ordered and in working order.
  • Manages internal projects and reporting, including data entry, metrics reporting, database management, writing and other tasks as needed.
  • Maintain organization’s digital assets


  • Highly independent, proactive and entrepreneurial. You need to be a self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity and defining your own direction.
  • Passionate about your work, and expanding economic opportunity in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Able to successfully juggle multiple projects. You are also ?exible and comfortable with change.
  • Someone with a well-developed, balanced skillset. You should be comfortable answering challenging strategic questions, executing analyses, interacting with people, and rigorously driving operational execution.
  • A hustler – you thrive on destroying goals and beating benchmarks, and you won’t let anything stand in your way of doing that.
  • Positive and enthusiastic, with a deep passion for what we do!
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, great note taker, comfortable navigating CRMs, the Google Suite, especially spreadsheets.
  • At least 7 years experience in entrepreneurship, program management, strategic partnerships, and community engagement

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