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Funding Strategies for Female Founders

  On October 21, The Company Lab (CO.LAB) partnered with the JumpFund and EnrichHER to host the first ever Will This Float?: Female Founders Edition, a local business pitch competition designed to support up-and-coming ideas and companies. Will This Float? kicked off Chattanooga’s Startup Week [...]

November 27th, 2019|

How to Build a Global Network for Localism

  CO.STARTERS is one of the most important programs that we offer at The Company Lab (CO.LAB). The 9-week program provides participants with the framework they need to build out and grow their business. Leading the program for the past 2 years, I have seen [...]

November 27th, 2019|

Consumer Goods in Chattanooga and Tips for Starting Small

Even if you haven’t heard about Chattanooga, Tennessee, you have likely heard of some of the legacy brands that started here. McKee Foods—you know it as Little Debbie. Chattanooga Bakery—you know it as Moonpie. Lodge Cast Iron, the nation’s oldest manufacturer of cast iron cooking [...]

November 27th, 2019|

Tips for Diversity in Corporate Innovation

On Oct 24 - 25, The Company Lab (CO.LAB) hosted its first Unum HBCU Innovation Challenge, in partnership with Unum, the world's largest provider of disability insurance. This two day business case challenge was born out of both organizations’ commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and [...]

November 27th, 2019|

Shut up and Row… Not Really

You've seen them on the inspirational posters in classrooms, gyms and break rooms: "There is no I in Team" and "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work." These usually elicit a subconscious eye roll when we see and hear them, but there is a reason these clichés [...]

November 27th, 2019|

What Your Website Needs | Digital Marketing Expert’s Perspective

This Spring, The Company Lab (CO.LAB) hosted our inaugural HealthTech Accelerator. Eight healthcare startups graduated from the 10-week program prepared to take their companies to the next level. One of the key outcomes for participants was an improved digital presence. This post is focused on [...]

August 23rd, 2019|

Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire Returns Oct. 20 at Chattanooga Public Library!

The fourth annual Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire will make its return Saturday, Oct. 20 at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library. Applications are now open for makers and members of the public to submit their exhibit ideas through Sept. 20. Part science fair, part county fair and part something [...]

August 22nd, 2018|

This Month at CO.LAB: CO.STARTERS, Idea Leap Grant Deadline & more!

This Month at CO.LAB: CO.STARTERS, Idea Leap Grant Deadline & more!

June 5th, 2018|

Applications Now Open for ‘Will This Float?’ 2017

Business pitch competition to award $1,000 and ticket to SXSW for best idea The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is currently seeking applications for its eighth annual ‘Will This Float?’ competition, which showcases up-and-coming startup ideas in southeast Tennessee. Prospective participants must submit their business concepts by Oct. [...]

September 19th, 2017|

Recap: Sloss Tech with Tim Moore and Jesse Hunter

Sloss Tech is Birmingham’s one-day conference focused on discussions around creative thinking and emerging technologies, which intentionally falls the day before the city’s major music festival, Sloss Fest. This was only the conference’s second year, which sold out days before. And we can’t say it [...]

July 18th, 2017|