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It Takes a Community to Raise a Startup (Community)

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 [...]

April 30th, 2014|

PBS NewsHour To Feature CO.LAB

In recent weeks, CO.LAB has made a national media splash -- and we're not slowing down! Tonight, PBS NewsHour will feature a live interview with CO.LAB founder Sheldon Grizzle. The show is hosting a three-part mini-series focused on the growth of broadband in America and the impact [...]

March 21st, 2013|

CBS This Morning features Chattanooga

A few weeks ago Jeff Glor of CBS made a visit to Chattanooga and interviewed CO.LAB founder Sheldon Grizzle and EPB President Harold Depriest about Chattanooga's advanced fiber network. When the story aired this week, Chattanooga caught national attention once again for its "inspiring comeback" [...]

March 1st, 2013|

CO.LAB Takes Manhattan

More specifically, Wall Street. Our own Sheldon Grizzle has been asked to write a series of articles for the Wall Street Journal Blog. The publication recently launched "The Accelerators," where startup mentors discuss the strategies and challenges of creating a new business. The forum offers [...]

February 20th, 2013|

Inc.: Finding Your “Plus Plus”

At CO.LAB, we've seen all kinds of business concepts walk through our doors. Some are wholly original, while others are offshoots of existing ideas. We're all for originality, but as entrepreneur Benjamin Wald discusses in his recent Inc.com article, a "copycat company" can work for [...]

January 16th, 2013|

Introducing Grizzle: A traffic controller for entrepreneurs

Written by by Carey O’Neil, Times Free Press | Photo by Jennifer Conley, Alcatel-Lucent Sheldon Grizzle started learning how to run a business before he reached fifth grade. The future founder of startup accelerator Co.Lab stocked shelves at his father's book store from age 10 until he [...]

May 24th, 2012|

Sheldon Grizzle on Chattanooga Tech Council Radio

Air Traffic Controller of the Company Lab talks about the importance of start-ups in Chattanooga during an interview on Chattanooga Tech Council Radio!  The_Company_Lab-_3-24-11.mp3 Listen on Posterous

April 19th, 2011|

Start-Up America Initiative: Start-Ups Are Cool Again

Here's my hope for our community- let's place a lot of bets on start-ups over the next few years. We need more entrepreneurs starting more companies. We'll most likely have more failures, but we'll have more successes too. Then we double-down on the ones that show promise. [...]

February 7th, 2011|

Entrepreneurship Intensifies in #CHA

written by Brittany Cofer, Times Free Press Photo by Tim Barber It's no secret some big ideas have come out of Chattanooga. It's the place where Coca-Cola was first franchised to be bottled, the Moon Pie was created and a small insurance company, Provident, grew [...]

February 6th, 2011|

The Company Lab Launches from CreateHere

Press Release November 3, 2010 New venture engages emerging entrepreneurs and startups CHATTANOOGA, TN – CreateHere is pleased to announce the opening of The Company Lab, a new entrepreneurial initiative that exists to increase the viability of high-growth start-ups in Chattanooga by helping entrepreneurs determine [...]

November 3rd, 2010|