"Chattanooga's GIGTANK accelerator program is in full swing, with 14 start-up teams from across the United States and Europe designing business applications that can thrive on gigabit networks. The three-month program is hosted by CO.LAB, the nation's only start-up accelerator connected to a metro-wide gigabit network. Companies will present their ideas at their end-of-program Demo Day on July 28."
"I’ve spent the last 13 months as Marketing Director for a SaaS company, Ambition, that is based in Chattanooga. Over the last year, I’ve experienced firsthand the benefits – and detriments – that come with growing a SaaS startup not just outside of Silicon Valley, but a major metropolitan area."
"Under a Coffee and Bacon Station sign, members of PriceWaiter, a Chattanooga, Tenn., start-up, were doling out snacks and explaining how letting customers of a website decide how much they are willing to pay (within, to be sure, a narrow range) works out for both parties. “The merchants win by keeping the sale, and the customer gets a psychological victory — it feels like a win,” said Brian Sibley."
"One member of the LaunchTN network of nine regional accelerators, ZeroTo510, in the Greater Memphis Accelerator Consortium, was listed in TechCrunch’s accelerator ranking. In addition, something interesting in happening in Tennessee, with the advent of hands-on venture firms like the Lamp Post Group and innovative ventures, such as PriceWaiter. My Forbes co-contributor Geri Stengel concurs that something is happening in the Volunteer State, writing last month about that state’s emerging women entrepreneurs."
"TechKnow visited Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the nation’s first test beds for the gig, to find out how lightning quick it’s Internet speed is."
"Every Disrupt I gather some of the coolest hardware startups in the world into one place – Hardware Alley. This cavalcade of gear is one of my favorite parts of Disrupt and I try to walk through the entire thing on video so you can meet some of the startups. Some of my favorites? The Parashoot, Supplyhog, and the kitten toy Kittyo – although everyone was great."
"Inspired by her great grandfather’s painting studio in Maine, Chattanooga-based designer Kathryn Allison handprints her graphic pillow - cases on 100 percent organic linen."
"Look out California and New York, Tennessee is on the rise and it’s attracting women entrepreneurs with really interesting businesses.Launch Tennessee’s (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee. An impressive 30% of graduates from its recent masterclass, which draws from nine accelerator programs across the state, are female founders."
"Nudge, a small start-up in Richmond, Va., has a suggestion: hire a human coach to help."
"Whiskey is being made legally in Chattanooga for the first time in over 100 years at the Tennessee Stillhouse. The cooker, fermenters and 100 gallon Vendome Copper still are all operational at Tennessee's latest producer of distilled spirits, located directly across the street from the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo on Market Street. The Stillhouse opens this week with a (sold-out) Grand Opening celebration on Tuesday, March 24. Normal business hours begin Wednesday for the public to come in for tours and tastings."