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 [...]
Written by CO.LAB’s CEO, Marcus Shaw. This was originally published as a guest column on teknovation.biz. This week, Chattanooga’s startup community was part of a public gathering at The Edney Innovation Center to learn about the next stage of our Innovation District. The Enterprise Center shared [...]
Rise of the Rest is heading to Chattanooga on May 10.
For those of you who weren’t able to make it out last week, our first Reverse Pitch event went off with a bang. Nearly 130 people turned out to hear four local organizations pitch problems they’re willing to pay startups to solve. While the event [...]
Chattanooga’s ‘Layered’ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is a Small-Town Recipe, Kauffman Foundation Study Shows
Chattanooga, Tenn.'s long history of collaboration and public-private partnerships paved the way for an entrepreneurial ecosystem that permeates the city's economic development strategy, according to a research paper released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
"The old Chattanooga is long gone. Today, the city has some of the cleanest air and water in the region. Outdoor Magazine has twice in the past four years named the city the "best town ever." Instead of smokestacks and foundries, you'll see rock-climbing enthusiasts scaling the outdoor wall of High Point Climbing and Fitness on Broad Street -- just a block away from the city's revitalized waterfront and the nation's largest freshwater aquarium. And rather than a dirty, polluted river running through the center of town, you'll see kayakers and standup paddle boarders drifting along a rejuvenated Tennessee River."
When I was growing up an hour south of Chattanooga in the eighties and nineties, the city was best known for MoonPies, those sinfully delicious chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow hockey pucks. Fast-forward a couple of decades and I’m standing in a juice bar on the edge of downtown, wondering what happened to the corny place I once knew. Now it’s all nitro cold brew and tech startups, like the love child of Nashville and Silicon Valley, but with more singletrack.
By Sheldon Grizzle Just over four years ago, I sent a tweet as a challenge to fellow Chattanoogans: “Chattanooga needs to find ways to restart the entrepreneurial machine it once was in the early 20th century! Let's do it together #rallycry” There are few places [...]
Startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs – it’s time to start brainstorming! 48Hour Launch is only a few weeks away, and this year, we’re looking for startup ideas focused on learning. It’s an important topic in local business. Allow us to explain. Over the last few years, [...]
Last weekend, more than 600 Chattanoogans made their way through our doors during the annual MAINX24 festival on Main Street. Once a small neighborhood block party honoring Chattanooga’s Southside, MAINX24 has grown exponentially over the past seven years. It’s now a city-wide celebration—and here at [...]