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Saturday, October 19
 

9:00am

Connecting Chattanoogans With Chess
Connecting Chattanoogans With Chess will be an event that will unite the local Chess community by offering free play on the event day, there will be three groups (Competitive, Intermediate, & Beginners). Event goers will be greeted and offered refreshments and snacks throughout event. Reservations will be made via Eventbrite and registration packages will be for Individuals, Couples, and Families. As families will be welcomed to register to play as one group. This event is sure to help ignite the interest in the game of Chess.

Saturday October 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown 1220 King St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

9:00am

Gig City Elixir
Gig City Elixir is a different kind of programming conference in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will focus on sessions that are different from what you're used to seeing, with a variety of talk lengths and formats that will open more learning channels than ever before.

One of the best speaker lineups at any 2019 programming conference will teach you the foundational techniques you'll need to succeed in today's programming industry. You'll learn to use functional programming concepts that will make you a better programmer, regardless of the languages and tools you use at work today.

10:00am

Chattanooga Maker Day
CO.LAB and the Chattanooga Public Library are excited to bring you Maker Day (formerly known as Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire) on October 19, 2019. This event will kick off the sixth annual Startup Week Chattanooga with an action-packed day of exhibitions and making!

Chattanooga Maker Day is a public showcase of artists, builders, scientists, hobbyists, and everyone in between. There is something for all ages to enjoy, including performances, displays, and activities where you too can become a maker.

From now until Sept. 18, we invite makers from across the region to submit applications to host an exhibit on Maker Day at the Chattanooga Public Library.

11:00am

Taquiza 2019
The inaugural Taquiza will be held on October 19th 2019 where we will crown
Chattanooga’s best taco with the Golden Taco award voted on by festival attendees!
What is a Taquiza? A taco party of course! La Taquiza is a traditional meeting with family and
friends to enjoy different tacos typically set up as a buffet. Our version will allow family and
friends to enjoy different tacos from all of our fabulous Chattanooga businesses!
This flagship event will highlight the taco as well as the creative culture and diversity of our
community. The festival has a greater purpose, however, this event was created to be a
signature event for La Paz Chattanooga. Proceeds from this event will go to fund our language
and education programs. Join us for good company, entertainment and TACOS!
Don’t taco ‘bout it, Be about it!


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm
Miller Park E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

6:00pm

Artist Opening / Meet The Artists
The purpose of the event is to encourage and support local artists to create work and share their creative process with the creative community. Art is valuable to the community.

Saturday October 19, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fire Hall Studios & Gallery.5401 St Elmo Avenue,
 
Sunday, October 20
 

1:30pm

Sunday Scribez Open Mic
Poetry open mic hosted by Erika Roberts!

Sunday October 20, 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Palace Theater 818 Georgia Ave #118, Chattanooga, TN 37402

4:00pm

Teacherpreneur: Pitch Night with Public Education Foundation [VIP Option Available]
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teacherpreneur-pitch-night-tickets-74326798455

Teacherpreneur's sixth annual Pitch Night will help kick off Startup Week Chattanooga on Sunday, October 20 from 4-6pm! Join us to hear ideas from some of Hamilton County's most innovative educators!

Teacherpreneurs will pitch in front of a panel of judges and our startup community (that's you!). Admission is free, but space is limited. Audience members will also be able to vote online, awarding a prize to the crowd favorite!

New this year, we will have a special demo-day as prior Teacherpreneur awardees pitch in the newly established Teacherpreneur Accelerator. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear past winners pitch strategies to scale their projects across the district!

Teacherpreneur offers teachers support, time and space to incubate big ideas and grow them into sustainable, scalable projects, programs and businesses through a thriving partnership between PEF and HCS, with the generous support of the Benwood Foundation. Teacherpreneur brings together educators, entrepreneurs, experts and community members to develop and grow ideas that impact the classroom, school, and community.

Teacherpreneur is an event unlike any other - register now to cheer on these fantastic educators as they take the stage!

Sunday October 20, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
 
Monday, October 21
 

9:00am

Funding your business: Should you bootstrap or raise money?
Host: Text Request
Panelists: Text Request, WorkHound, Dynamo VC

You’ve got to have funding to grow your startup, right? Not necessarily. This panel, filled with serial entrepreneurs and investors, will discuss when it’s right to seek outside investment, when it’s best to go it alone, and how to determine which is best for your situation. Attendees will walk away from this session with a clear understanding of what the next steps should be for their companies.

9:00am

Franchise Like a Hundred-Store Headed Maniac
Whether you are franchising your own baby or looking to invest in an existing model, there are critical things to know before your lawyer clogs your inbox with a 200-page agreement. We'll review new trends in franchising, including micro-franchising, and help you get prepared to dive in with best practices.

9:00am

Free Coworking
Society of Work is opening its doors for Startup Week! Switch up your routine and come enjoy our flexible work space. We have desks, couches, and plenty of coffee.

Drop in for a couple hours or work the entire day! We would love to meet you.

9:00am

INCubator Without Walls
Can you name a better duo than complimentary coffee + co working? Nah, we can’t either. Switch it up and take a break from the bustle of downtown and come over to the Northshore and crank out work at the INCubator. We are creating space for entrepreneurs at the INC. Bring your laptop, bring a friend and don’t forget your favorite mug!

Parking available in the Renaissance Park Lot

Monday October 21, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
INCubator 100 Cherokee Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37405

10:00am

Collaboration Over Competition; 5 Steps To Successfully Enter A Crowded Market
Starting up in a crowded landscape? Elisha Millan of Grass Roots Health Hemp Dispensary discusses utilizing heavy competition as an advantage in a start-up. This session will cover business plan strategies, opposition research, competition etiquette, relationship building, and market forecasting.

Monday October 21, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown 1220 King St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

10:00am

Overcoming Unconscious Bias in your Business [*Registration is Required*]
Link to Register

Without our snap judgement capability, we probably couldn't get through a typical day. However, with over 150 types of unconscious biases identified, it's nearly impossible not to have our daily actions and decisions impacted by our past experiences and worldviews.

Are your important decisions, meetings and actions impacted by preconceived ideas? Are your business and customer service model able to adapt to serve customers of all types?

This session seeks to shine a light on what biases we as business owners may have, and how that might impact important aspects of our companies. More importantly, we hope to point out several strategies and actions you can take to identify situations where bias could be creeping in, and how to overcome and adjust for it.

Monday October 21, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Adventure Sports Innovation 191 River Street Chattanooga TN 37405

10:30am

Small Business Symbiosis: Working Together for Better Results
The minds behind local coffee and tea businesses team up to share personal accounts of how working together with other small businesses creates an ecosystem of collaboration that allows for a greater impact, quality of product, and better community.

11:30am

Startup Week Kick-Off and Food Hall Pop-Up! sponsored by FreightWaves
Join us for the official Startup Week Chattanooga 2019 Kick-Off Lunch! Grab Startup Week swag, customized Startup Week "playlists" based on your interests, and a bite to eat from one of several local food entrepreneurs.

12:00pm

CEC tour of Southtree
Southtree is a decade old company that began as a startup while the two founders were attending college.
Adam Boeselager and Nick Macco were still Lee University students and housemates when they founded Southtree in their Cleveland, Tennessee garage. They began converting old movies and slides into digital files for storage and replay on current electronic devices. Southtree is now the biggest e-commerce company in its industry, having digitized more than 2 million videos and created more than 3 million DVDs. We will tour Southtree newest 40,000 square foot production facility.

Monday October 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Southtree 515 N Holtzclaw Ave. Chattanooga 37404

1:00pm

Talent Unleashed
Do you sometimes find it difficult to attract & retain the talent you need? Join us to hear from a panel of local employers on how they unleash the unlimited amount of potential in their talent, and the creative approaches these companies take to stay competitive, build loyalty and improve the employee experience.
 
Panelists:
·         Bethany Chaffin, Division Director & Staffing Manager, Accountemps
·         Emmanuel Escobar, Bellhops Acquisition Manager, Bellhops
·         Greg Laudeman, Executive & Founder, Eduity
·         Erin Washington, Manager, Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion Programs, TVA

2:00pm

NEW-trepreneur Bookkeeping
New to being an entrepreneur? This information-packed class covers 10 of the most common bookkeeping mistakes and practical, efficient solutions to overcome them. Topics include: how to classify workers, receipt requirements, meal expenses, personal car expenses and more. Discounts on integrated apps and QBO available. Taught by Lynn Talbott, Professional Bookkeeper.

Speakers

Monday October 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:20pm
INCubator 100 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA
  • Host Organization TSBDC

3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Anonymous: Realistic Expectations for the Journey of a Small Business Owner
Realities of the business journey are discussed from start up, through growth, to scaling. Less MBA, more Real Life. Finishes with Q&A.

3:00pm

Smart City: Open Data Entrepreneurship with Pillar Technology and Gig City Elixir
Smart Cities aren't smart because of sensors and IoT devices. They're smart because they put data in the hands of their smart people. Your local community is rich in opportunities. How do you find the right problems to solve? How do you scale your solutions across multiple communities?

The world needs open, accessible, usable data. We've built the groundwork for open data entrepreneurship that could make it so much easier, and we made it 100% open source so cities (and you) can take advantage.

4:00pm

Financing Alternatives for Small Growing Businesses
Equity funding might work for your growth strategy, but did you know it only aligns with one out of every 35 companies. When should you pursue equity and what else is out there to help fund your company?

Let’s have a conversation about thinking strategically so you don’t believe the myths around capital that could kill your company. Join business builders turned fund managers who have been working to help capitalize companies for growth.

If you’re an entrepreneur interested in learning more about new forms of capital and the investors leading these funds -- this event is for you.

5:00pm

Music Startups: Adapting to an Industry That is Falling Apart and Remaking Itself
The event will feature a panel of small music business representatives in Chattanooga including founders of Yellow Racket Records, Dynamo Studios, Summer Dregs, Flock Artist Development, and Chattanooga House Shows. The panel will talk about what drove them to found startups in the drastically changing landscape of the music business, what challenges they have encountered, and how they have adapted to meet them.

Monday October 21, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Wanderlinger Brewing

6:00pm

Will This Float?: Female Founders Edition
Join CO.LAB for this year's Will This Float?: Female Founders Edition, produced in partnership with EnrichHER and The Jump Fund.



 
Tuesday, October 22
 

9:00am

Tax Workshop for New or Existing Small Businesses
For new of existing businesses needing tax help. Learn: different ways to structure your business; what taxes and responsibilities are required; what needs to be filed; when to file; where to find local help. Presented in partnership by TN Dept of Revenue and SCORE.

9:00am

Free Coworking
Society of Work is opening its doors for Startup Week! Switch up your routine and come enjoy our flexible work space. We have desks, couches, and plenty of coffee.

Drop in for a couple hours or work the entire day! We would love to meet you.

10:00am

Combatting Hate in the Entrepreneurial World
This event is for entrepreneurs and employees of small businesses who want to learn more about how they can combat hate, bias, and discrimination in their business (and through their business). Hear from business practitioners and members of the Mayor's Council Against Hate about best practices and examples you can use as a business leader.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Palace Theater 818 Georgia Ave #118, Chattanooga, TN 37402

11:00am

Marketing for Healthcare Startups & Small Practices
Description: You need to grow your healthcare organization or startup. But where is the best place to start and invest your limited marketing dollars? This special panel on healthcare marketing features Erika Grau, the Marketing Director for Rhinogram, McKenzie Bergenback, the Creative Services Manager for Hamilton Medical Center, and Rachael Sauceman, Head of Strategic Initiatives at Full Media. The panel will be moderated by Leigh McCormack, Chief Data Analytics Officer from NTELLISIGHTS.



11:00am

Let's Talk Strategy: Customer Journey Design - How to Map Growth of Your Business (Part 1)
We will cover the following:
- Importance of having a Customer Journey Map for your organization
- Difference between sales funnels and customer journey maps
- Reverse-engineering your startup strategy
- Importance of strategy that is not based on assumptions, but rather consumer insight and laws of human behavior
- How to develop a dynamic strategy for your business?

11:30am

Data Dilemmas: Protecting Your Growing Business from Unforced Errors in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
Your data assets are also your liabilities. Without proper precautions, the otherwise successful business that you've spent countless hours and resources building can sink with a single data security incident. Don't be fooled; this risk will not lessen or go away. Customers and regulators expect transparency and accountability in how businesses manage private information—business size does not matter. During this interactive panel, you will be able to engage data privacy and cybersecurity professionals on topics such as cyber insurance, new legal obligations like the CCPA, the importance of establishing your data privacy and security policies, and more. Don't RISK missing this event! FREE lunch and parking provided, so join us!

12:00pm

Re:Boot Chattanooga Announcements & Luncheon
After hundreds of interviews throughout the entrepreneurial community in Chattanooga, come join us for a free lunch and learn we discovered how "entrepreneurship" is being redefined to include everyone "building personal wealth outside of just launching a business." Successful local stories will be shared.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Business Development Center (BDC)

1:30pm

The Enneagram in Business: Why the Enneagram Matters for your Team
The Enneagram, a transformational personality tool, helps you understand your strengths, weaknesses, and motivations, while also helping you better understand the people you work with. We're all different and those differences can really hold us back if we can't leverage them for the good of the whole.

The Enneagram sheds light on this and helps you and your team not only develop a healthy work culture, but increase efficiency and decrease frustration. Join us as we explore this more and have a conversation with a local startup leader who's team has benefited from it.

2:00pm

Gender and Sex Diversity in the Workplace
In this presentation Dr. Elisabeth Sheff explains who gender and sex minorities are and explores the issues facing them in the workplace.

2:00pm

DIY Website: What To Know
Hosted by TSBDC

Every business needs a website, but where do you start?

This seminar will guide you through the various platforms you can use to create a website, how to pick the right platform for your business at its current stage, and the power of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Tuesday October 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:20pm
INCubator 100 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA

3:00pm

The State of Consumer Goods Today: Innovations, Opportunities, and Trends
Featuring a conversation with Michael Robinson and Mia Littlejohn, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for CO.LAB's Consumer Goods Accelerator, alongside industry leaders from food, beverage, manufacturing, and logistics arenas—this panel will help you better understand the state of the Consumer Packaged Goods space and the opportunities available right here in Chattanooga for entrepreneurs and makers interested in scaling their products.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Humanaut Event Space 1404 Cowart St.

3:00pm

3D Printers - Utilizing them for your business
We will be going through several ways that business owners can maximize their 3D printers. From the basics of producing a higher quality prototype, to turning their printer into a 24/7 active manufacturing tool, we will engage users of all levels of expertise. It would be highly recommended that people bring their computers to this workshop.

3:00pm

How do you define "Success"?
What milestones or achievments provide the elements that define your success along your entrepreneurial journey.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
E|spaces

4:30pm

Girls Just Want to Have Funding....and Martinis!
The JumpFund and EnrichHER discuss access to capital for women-led businesses from crowdfunding to debt and equity. No matter who you are, if you are interested in learning more about venture capital, loans or crowdfunding platforms for women, this panel is for you! Cocktails by Lass & Lions, Chocolate by Hot Chocolatier (2 women owned biz!)

Tuesday October 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:50pm
The Hot Chocolatier

5:00pm

Idea Leap Grant Pre-Pitch Reception Hosted by CO.LAB
Come early for the Idea Leap Grant Pre-Pitch Reception Hosted by CO.LAB to help celebrate TVFCU’s Idea Leap Grant’s 10 finalists. Learn more about the finalists at the mini-expo. Have your picture taken at the photo booth and enjoy free food and drinks. And be sure to get a door prize ticket for cash door prizes! Complimentary parking is available in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center parking lot.

5:00pm

How to Build a Million-Dollar B2B Sales Funnel
You’ve got a good product, and you know who your target customer is. Now how do you build on that - and fast? In this session, leaders from some of Chattanooga’s most successful startups will teach you how to build and scale your sales strategy. Attendees will walk away knowing what steps they need to take, and what tools they need to use, to create a million-dollar sales funnel.
Moderated by: Matt Holland, Text Request
Panelist Orgs: Text Request, WorkHound, Ambition, Skytec

Tuesday October 22, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
WorkHound HQ (715 Cherry St Ste. 309, Chattanooga, TN 37402)

5:00pm

Cheers to Changemakers
Causeway Alumni – you’ve graduated and moved onto bigger things, but we’re so curious to hear about what you’ve been up to! During Startup Week, join us for a reunion party in honor of you. It’ll be a great time to catch up with fellow Causeway alum and meet some of the newest members of the Causeway family.

Want an invite to the party, but not a Causeway Alum? Don’t worry – the event is open to the public! Meet some of our city's greatest changemakers, hear about their projects, and help us celebrate their impact. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be served.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Whiteboard/Causeway 701 Cherry St #200, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

6:00pm

TVFCU's Idea Leap Grant Pitch Night
Ten small businesses from across the Tennessee Valley will vie for one of five grants, totaling $50,000, from Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union through the Second Annual Idea Leap Grant Initiative. The evening will include pitches, heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking.

 
Wednesday, October 23
 

8:00am

Entrepreneurship Breakfast at UTC [*Registration Required*
Randy Boyd, founder of Radio Systems Corporation and Interim President of The University of Tennessee will share his entrepreneurial story.

Register to attend here

Wednesday October 23, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
University Center, Tennessee Room at UTC

9:00am

Cash Flow + Compassion: How to Create a Housing Business that Empowers the Marginalized and Turns Profit
As Chattanooga's urban core revitalizes, the affordable housing crisis soars, taking a toll on the most marginalized people in our community. If you're bent on turning profit and solving social issues, come learn from and poke holes in a grassroots model that's helped 10 low-income families own their own homes. Come ready to consider how you might take these principles and practices and build a side hustle that creates cash flow and contributes to human flourishing.

9:00am

Free Coworking
Society of Work is opening its doors for Startup Week! Switch up your routine and come enjoy our flexible work space. We have desks, couches, and plenty of coffee.

Drop in for a couple hours or work the entire day! We would love to meet you.

10:00am

3 Mindsets for Cultivating Mental Wellbeing as an Entrepreneur
Starting and growing a business can be a journey full of high highs and very low lows. During this workshop, Stu Minshew will begin to equip you with three essential mindsets to help you successfully navigate the emotional roller-coaster of entrepreneurship. Stu, a fellow entrepreneur and coach, is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and starters like you to move beyond feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and stuck by teaching you to how to expand your time, transform your fear & anxiety, and break free from burnout.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
INCubator 100 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA

10:00am

Hit The Mother Lode!
Tour the INCubator at Hamilton County Business Development Center – a goldmine at the corner of Cherokee and Manufactuers and home to 60 startups.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
INCubator 100 Cherokee Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37405

10:00am

The StoryBrand 7 Part Framework
When it comes to talking about their businesses, many people are so close to their products or services they don’t know where to start. The StoryBrand Marketing Framework helps companies understand what customers are looking for so they can tell their story in such a way people listen. The human brain is drawn to clarity and away from confusion. If customers are confused about what you offer, they’ll look past you for somebody who can say it clearly. The StoryBrand Marketing Framework will teach you how to clarify your message and communicate to customers in a way that gets them to respond. Once you clarify your message, your marketing starts working for you, your team members are converted into a salesforce and your customers speak a viral message that spreads. Companies that clarify their message win in the marketplace.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
RVRB 715 Cherry St Chattanooga, TN Suite 101
  • Host Organization RVRB

11:00am

Let's Talk Marketing: Marketing Automation - Why & How to Do It? (Part 2)
We will cover the following:
- Importance of not wasting time on dumb stuff
- How to identify marketing activities that can be optimized and automated?
- Importance of personalization and going beyond {first_name} tags
- Most effective marketing automation tools
- Most effective marketing tools and channels available today

Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Edney Innovation Center 1100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

11:00am

The impact of Latino entrepreneurs in Chattanooga
Panel setting. We will invite 4 Latino Business owners that represent different business background to tell their story and how they impact on the local community.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:20pm
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown 1220 King St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

12:00pm

Creative Careers & Concerns
This program is a segment of Startup Week Basecamp made possible by River City Company

Bring your lunch and join in on October 23rd for a workshop led by Kreneshia "Kren the Curator" Whiteside, in regards to discovering creative careers and insight about the visual art world.

As a curator of 4 years, Kren has exposed herself to the various art scenes spanning from New York to the United Kingdom, and she balances both independent and non-profit work. The distinctions she discovers between these different sectors hold information that could benefit those in or looking to enter this field.

This event is free and open to the public!

12:00pm

Kiva Crowdfunding: How I Got Started

Do you need a funding for your small business? Have you heard of Kiva, the 0% interest up to $10,000 crowdfunding loan platform?

Kiva is a fantastic opportunity to get initial capital for your business. Come join us on the Venture bus, in the historic Highland Park neighborhood to learn more about Kiva as well as hear from a few entrepreneurs, who have utilized Kiva to build their business. Lunch provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP Here

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kiva-101-how-i-got-started-tickets-75723756795


Moderators
Wednesday October 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Highland Park Commons 2000 Union Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404, USA

12:00pm

Break. Meditate. Tea. Believe.
Hosted by Erika Roberts

Join us at noon for tea, poetry and meditation. 

Take a BREAK from work.
Join us to MEDITATE.
Grab TEA and relax.
BELIEVE in your purpose. 

Break. Meditate. Tea. Believe.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Wildflower Tea Shop & Apothecary 1423 Market St

1:00pm

FORward: Mapping a Positive Future for Professional Women
CWLI is working to compile research that will help mobilize women as an economic engine for your company. Learn the diamond standards for building a dynamic female (and male) friendly culture that will catapult your company's growth.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Foundation

1:30pm

Ask a QuickBooks ProAdvisor / What's New in QBO
This will be a panel presentation, facilitated by HR Biz.

Panelists are Sharon Peterson, Liz Hickman and Lynn Talbott of HR Biz and CPA Lynn Davis of Wilkins Crews & Associates. QuickBooks Online has come a long way and is the perfect choice for start-ups. We will begin with a presentation of the recent updates for QBO and how much more functional it is than the desktop version. Attendees are invited and encouraged to bring questions for the panel to answer, but we will also cover: 1. Which QuickBooks is right for you? 2. What's the difference between QB Online and QB Desktop? and 3. How do I get started with QBO?

We will give you access to a QBO sample file and also offer discount codes for integrated apps and for QBO itself.

Moderators
Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:50pm
INCubator 100 Cherokee Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37405
  • Host Organization TSBDC

2:00pm

Build Your Confidence in Sales
Develop tools to build confidence, overcome your inner critic, & reframe rejection in your sales career.

2:00pm

The Impact of an Inclusive and Values Driven Business
You know diversity and inclusion are important in today’s business model, but how do small businesses create a culture of inclusion without having a dedicated diversity and inclusion representative? In this session, Dionne Jenkins, vice president of diversity and inclusion at TVFCU, will share tips for creating a more inclusive culture and discuss the impact of having an inclusive and values driven business.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Edney Innovation Center 1100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

2:30pm

The Ultimate Design Thinking Experience
Have you heard about Design Thinking and how it uses human-centered design to create powerful solutions to problems and outstanding products and services? In this fast-paced, very interactive workshop you will experience Design Thinking as you take an idea from inception to fully-realized prototype in under 90 minutes! This is like no other workshop you've ever attended and you'll walk away with a true understanding of this methodology that can improve any business or organization.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Whiteboard/Causeway 701 Cherry St #200, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

3:00pm

Lead like a woman: How to lead and grow a business as a female founder
Moderator: Tiffanie Robinson (Lamp Post Properties)
Panelists: Alexis Willis (INCubator), Jamey Elrod (Text Request), Elisha Millan (Grass Roots Health)

Being a female entrepreneur is tough. How do you turn your idea into a business? How do you lead employees and grow your team? How do you adapt to different stages of growth? And how do you balance your personal and professional lives? This all-female panel will cover the discovery of successful ideas, getting buy-in from family and business partners, and taking the leap into entrepreneurship. It will also cover turning your dream into a sustainable business, and how to handle the challenges that come with scaling it. Attendees will leave with the confidence to lead their businesses and inspire employees, and the know-how to successfully take their businesses to the next level.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown 1220 King St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

4:00pm

State of the Hemp Industry, 2019 [*Registration Required*]
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-the-hemp-industry-2019-startup-week-chattanooga-tickets-75953353525

Co-Hosts: Landrace Bioscience and Miller & Martin
Moderated by: James Dawson, Landrace Bioscience
Panelists: Miller & Martin, Haygood Farms, New Bloom Labs, Grass Roots Health

It's no secret that the Tennessee hemp industry has exploded in 2019. With thousands of freshly licensed growers and an avalanche of new CBD products and brands hitting the shelves, it's a dizzying (and exciting!) time.

Join Landrace Bioscience — a Chattanooga-based industry-leading hemp processor — and Miller & Martin for a panel discussion, bringing together entrepreneurs from across the hemp space to detail the state of Tennessee's hemp industry. Featured panelists will include growers, processors, testers, legal experts, and retailers.

Panel attendees will leave with a universal understanding of the hemp industry, as well as knowledge about what it means to them as either consumers or possible hemp entrepreneurs.

4:00pm

800 Collective: Hustle and Grace
Join artists and entrepreneurs alike for 800 Collective's "Hustle and Grace," a special workshop designed to build common language between our local startup and artistic communities. Through a special storytelling process, we'll explore the day-to-day experiences and visions of our people, while imagining ways in which we can better appreciate and support each other in our pursuits.



4:30pm

VaynerX's The Sasha Group Is In Chattanooga To Help You
VaynerX spun off its Chattanooga office to launch The Sasha Group in Q1 2019 to offer education, consulting & marketing services to entrepreneurs, small business owners and growing mid-market companies. In this workshop, The Sasha Group will set up "stations" that you can visit to have our experts answer questions, workshop opportunities, and build strategies & tactics for you to take away and immediately utilize. Our four stations will cover: (1) Business + Marketing Strategy, (2) Creative Strategy / Content Production, (3) Paid Media, and (4) Social Media Best Practices -- so bring your questions, ideas & thought-starters for us to jam on together.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 4:30pm - 5:20pm
The Edney Innovation Center 1100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

5:00pm

Spirit Of Innovation [*Registration Required*]
Come for the startups, stay for the cocktails at the Spirit of Innovation Awards Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Signal. Innovate on the dance floor while we celebrate Startup Week with an evening of fun while recognizing our community’s innovative leaders.

$25 gets you food and drinks. If you loved our Chattanooga Chamber Open House, you won’t want to miss the Spirit of Innovation Awards. Register here.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Signal 1810 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA

5:30pm

It's Not About You — It's About What Your Customers Actually Want
We've all heard of "great ideas" that fall flat after launch. In many cases, these failures can be attributed to a lack of understanding market demands. Before well-known Chattanooga brewer Heaven & Ale began making its own beers, company leadership went through a process to identify what customers in our area really want. And they're here to help you get a better handle on that process for your startup. Join us for a fun entrepreneurial conversation, and of course, some beer samples!

Wednesday October 23, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Heaven & Ale Southside 326 E. Main St., Chattanooga, TN

6:00pm

LAUNCH CHA's Startup Showdown
Back by popular demand is LAUNCH CHA's Startup Showdown!

Join us for our pitch competition between LAUNCH CHA entrepreneurs during Startup Week Chattanooga. These entrepreneurs have gone through our Business Entrepreneurship Academy, have fine tuned their business pitches and are ready to go head-to-head in a fierce competition in front of a panel of esteemed judges from Chattanooga's startup community. You'll hear pitches from 10 different entrepreneurs but there's only room for one grand prize winner. The best part? You have say with our audience vote and crowd favorite award.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:45pm
The Camp House

7:00pm

S'mores & Songwriters
Chattanooga House Shows, River City Sessions, and Treetop Hideaways are teaming up with songwriters and music leaders for another special local artist showcase during Startup Week Chattanooga!

Wednesday October 23, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Treetop Hideaways 576 Chattanooga Valley Rd, Flintstone, GA 30725, USA
 
Thursday, October 24
 

8:30am

Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up!
Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up!...will be a Round table breakfast meeting that will focus on various entrepreneur services in our city. It will be free and open to the public and will highlight different types of small business skills/knowledge and or software that are available to start ups in our area and beyond. There will be discussions around the"Start Up" including business structures,planning,and models as well as the"Stay Up" which includes learning and creating an ecosystem to support various business endeavors. Lastly, the "Scale Up" which will include learning how to maneuver the Growth Phase of the business where monetary funds are needed and identifying Mentors so that business owners can further prove their business model. The focus of the session will be on minority businesses with hopes of developing this round-table into a continuous monthly recurrence in the future.

Thursday October 24, 2019 8:30am - 9:50am
City Hall, 3rd floor, Mayors Conference room

9:00am

How to Scale YOU for more Productivity and Profit
with Robert Barber of ROYI Academy

Why spend time with me? 13 years of experience in both Corporate 150 as an Electrical Engineer and Human Resources Executive overseeing employees in 26 states. Then as a serial entrepreneur for 13 years culminating in $917mm sales in 2018, I have learned the strategies to scale you for more productivity and profit. I now own a company that is solely focused on sharing the strategies and execution necessary for high performance and scale.



9:00am

Free Coworking
Society of Work is opening its doors for Startup Week! Switch up your routine and come enjoy our flexible work space. We have desks, couches, and plenty of coffee.

Drop in for a couple hours or work the entire day! We would love to meet you.

10:00am

Cross Functional Conversations: Building Better Teams [Registration Required]
Join us for a cross functional conversation with a developer, designer and product manager. The conversation will cover topics from communication to goal alignment. Fun, profit, and engaging thoughts for all.

Conversationalists Include:
Allie O'Connell, Director of Product Management at Carbon Five
Wil Wade, Principal Developer at Carbon Five
Ben Dicks, Designer at Carbon Five

*Please RSVP here as pastries and coffee will be provided.*

Thursday October 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:20am
Edney Innovation Center

10:00am

Businesses Partnering with Education for Workforce Development
Facilitator:  Miles Huff, Senior Director, Talent Initiatives, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Bo Drake, Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development, Chattanooga State Community College

Blake Freeman, Executive Director, Early Postsecondary Success, Hamilton County Department of Education

Robin Nunley, Workforce Development Specialist, Chattanooga Bakery

Brian Moore, Senior Account Executive, The Sasha Group 


11:00am

Startup Your Civic Engagement
Maybe you’ve just moved to Chattanooga, maybe you’ve been here awhile but never had the chance to figure it out and ask unlimited questions. Maybe you want to find out how to advocate for a particular change that helps your business, maybe you just want to make sure a small criminal issue doesn’t hang you up on your path to startup success. All are welcome.

Get non-partisan, local information to start up your civic engagement here, including details on our various governmental and legal institutions in Chattanooga. You will walk away with more knowledge about local government, advocacy, and how to get involved.

Thursday October 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
The Edney Innovation Center 1100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

11:00am

Startup Picture Day
Free headshots for founders and startup teams

12:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Get Started Making Helpful Videos
Nosh on pizza from Mellow Mushroom while you learn to use equipment you already have - your phone or computer - to create a professional, helpful video and share it online. Learn the secrets of giving an engaging performance on camera and easy tips for getting a high quality recording so you can start teaching others online.

Thursday October 24, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
The Edney Innovation Center 1100 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

12:00pm

#What'sTheTea
The colliding roads of creativity will meet for tea for a Velvet Poetry curated event in the Waterhouse Pavilion on Thursday, October 24th from noon to 1 pm. Come grab a spot of tea and allow the live painting by Juanita Montgomery and music by Trinity to speak to you! 

A special thanks to The Spice & Tea Exchange for providing the tea!

12:00pm

The Next Phase: From Seed to Venture Outside of Silicon Valley [*Registration Required*]
Visit Branch Technology for a tour of our Advanced Design and Manufacturing Center and hear from our CEO, Platt Boyd. He will take you through the company's journey as we navigated life as an early-stage startup and through the growing pains as we scaled and met milestones. Listen to the story and see the outcomes during this hour-long experience.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-next-phase-from-seed-to-venture-outside-of-silicon-valley-registration-67020707741

Thursday October 24, 2019 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Branch Technology 1530 Riverside Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37406, USA

1:00pm

Straight Talk with Starters
As the owner of a business just starting out or with only a few employees, you've got a lot resting on your shoulders. During this roundtable discussion, join others like you in a frank conversation around what's working, where you're stuck, and ways forward. Also, get a little advice from others who have been there and made it through.

Thursday October 24, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Moxy Chattanooga Downtown 1220 King St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

1:30pm

Relational Sales: What Sales and Dating Have in Common
Join Chase Traffica, Senior Director of Sales at Reliance Partners, as he explores the psychology of the sales profession by comparing the similarities of courtship, dating, and marriage to the sales lifecycle and relationship with a client. Instead of the normal diatribe of monotonous sales theories and strategies, Chase will dive into a train of thought in which everyone can relate and has experienced. Chase Traffica is a former athlete and current sales professional in the insurance industry. He has a degree in behavioral science from the University of Louisiana and a Master’s degree from Samford University. Chase strives to implement a psychological approach to his sales strategy, centered around adapting to his clients needs and personality. 

Thursday October 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Freightwaves

2:00pm

DIY VIDEO FOR YOUR BUSINESS / FOR SMALL BUSINESS
All you need to know to start making and using video content to grow your business.

2:00pm

How to Build Uber-for-X
How to build a marketplace app, even if you're not a developer (Uber-for-X or AirBnb-for-Y)

3:00pm

Fostering the Startup Spirit in Legacy Businesses
An innovative business mindset is not exclusive to the startup world. Some of the most successful legacy businesses stay fresh and relevant with a consistent commitment to innovation. Come hear how three of Chattanooga's most successful legacy businesses remain at the forefront of their industries thanks to a continued entrepreneurial spirit.

Panelists (organizations): InfoSystems, PlainView, Fillauer
Moderator: 8 Bend Marketing

Thursday October 24, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Tomorrow Building 818 Georgia Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

3:30pm

A Way with Words: the Language of Branding
Branding is more than just sticking a logo in the corner of your website. It's about establishing a look and feel for your business that draws people in. At Southside Creative, we specialize in designing brand identities that resonate. Join us as we share some things we've learned over the years about what makes memorable and effective branding.

Thursday October 24, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Southside Creative 1206 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

4:00pm

Women Who Own It
Celebrating woman-owned small businesses with skillful, determined and hard-working women business owners. Food by Chef Mindy Benton, owner of Mindy B's Deli and games and fun by other women who are owning it.

Thursday October 24, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mindy B's Deli

5:00pm

*Startup Week Featured Event*: Marketing and Selling Your Startup with Bellhops
Join the Bellhops team for a panel discussion on Marketing and Selling Your Startup.

The panel will include Eunice Chung, General Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Derrick DePriest, Director of Customer Success, Alex Elsea, Director of Strategic Marketing, and Kyle Miller, Director of Brand Marketing.

They will share the combination of traditional marketing, digital marketing, and sales strategies they use to build one of the fastest-growing startups in Chattanooga.

Thursday October 24, 2019 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Bellhops HQ 1110 Market St Suite 502, Chattanooga, TN 37402, USA

5:30pm

Healthcare Happy Hour & Panel
Please join three local startups for Healthcare Happy Hour as we dive into the geeky parts of a healthcare tech startup. Machine learning, app/software development, and natural language processing are rapidly changing every industry, but healthcare poses unique challenges and opportunities. From front-line patient care to bottom-line growth, come enjoy a drink and panel discussion to learn what makes healthcare the ideal space for the successful application of these innovative tools. Sponsored by NtelliSights, Medical Search Technologies, and Ntracts.



Thursday October 24, 2019 5:30pm - 6:20pm
NtelliSights Office 246 E 11th Street Ste. 205

5:30pm

Revive: An Educational Movement
Revive is an inspiring discussion meant to create a movement that can permeate the educational landscape. The event will serve as a public platform for our schools' issues to be revealed and addressed. Attendees will play a part in better understanding education's true purpose and help add their voice to what's possible for the future.

6:00pm

Startup Awards Social by Chambliss Startup Group
Who's excited for the Startup Awards? Join us for a pre-awards social with entrepreneurs, startup founders, thought leaders, investors, supporters, and established business owners. The Chattanooga Chamber’s Spirit of Innovation Finalists will be recognized at this event. This is one of Chattanooga's favorite startup networking events! Enjoy appetizers and cold beverages from local favorites.

7:00pm

Chattanooga Startup Awards sponsored by SmartBank
For one night, on October 24, we will come together to celebrate Chattanooga’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at the 6th Annual Chattanooga Startup Awards. It takes a village to build a company, to raise capital, to develop a brand, to find the perfect location, and to create a community where people feel safe dreaming big, so come celebrate with us!

 
Friday, October 25
 

8:30am

CreativeMornings/Chattanooga
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community with chapters worldwide; we gather every month around a global theme to spotlight leaders from our community. Think TED talks, but for the creative community—and with a lot more high fives.

Friday October 25, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
Wanderlinger Brewing

9:00am

Co.Starters Cohort for Researchers Pitch Celebration
Participants in Co.Starters Cohort for Researchers will deliver their final pitch to celebrate the work they've accomplished over the last 8 weeks.

9:00am

Free Coworking
Society of Work is opening its doors for Startup Week! Switch up your routine and come enjoy our flexible work space. We have desks, couches, and plenty of coffee.

Drop in for a couple hours or work the entire day! We would love to meet you.

9:30am

Culture, Happiness, and Doing MORE For Your Employees
The word "culture" gets thrown around a lot by companies today. But, what does that actually mean? Do they live up to the hype?

We're shifting into a place where companies have to step up their game. We're here to give some tips on how to create a powerful company culture, increase (and maintain) employee happiness, and ultimately go above and beyond for your employees.

11:00am

Noontunes
In 2019, Noontunes will be a weekly, mid-day music performance on Fridays starting September 13 through November 1 in Miller Park. At noon in Miller Park, this 8 week series showcases local musicians offering a platform for artists to be seen and heard. Shows are live-streamed on the Chattanooga Fun Facebook page and later aired on WUTC 88.1FM. Local musicians interested in playing at Noontunes in 2019 should fill out the Artist Interest Form below by July 19th. Noontunes is brought to you by River City Company, SoundCorps, WUTC, RISE, River City Sessions, Goldfinger Production$, TechTown and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

12:00pm

1:00pm

Effective Workforce Planning for Entrepreneurs
A great workforce is essential for any growing organizations. How can entrepreneurs and startups make sure they have capable people, with the right skills in the right place at the right time for the right costs? Eduity's Effective Workforce Planning workshop will give you the insights and tools you need to succeed!

3:30pm

The Business of Booze: Getting started in the alcohol industry
A bar owner, a bitters maker, a distiller, a brewer, and a wine importer walk into a bar...  Sounds like a joke, but starting a business in the beverage industry in a serious feat!  In many cases, it can be hard to figure out where to even begin with the regulations and codes.  In this panel, we will have Chattanooga businesses from nearly every facet of the beverage world discuss how they got their start in the alcohol industry.  We'll take a look at the challenges they faced, where they were able to find help and resources, and advice to those just getting started in this exciting business of booze.

Panelists include: Hutton & Smith Brewing; Flying Squirrel Bar; The Bitter Bottle; Panoram Imports 

4:30pm

Local Craft Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting [Registration Required*]
Join the founders of ChattaBrew Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Chattanooga's craft beer culture. Meet the brewmasters to discover more about the art and science of their craft, then join the brewery owners for a beer tasting at each stop while you learn what it took to make the magic happen from startup to present day.

The tour includes transportation on the climate-controlled ChattaBrew Tour bus, visits to four breweries, bottled water, and beer tastings at all four stops.

*Purchase your ticket for the tour here.*

Friday October 25, 2019 4:30pm - 8:30pm
TBA

8:00pm

Nick Lutsko Album Release + Masquerade
Album announcement / Single premiere:
https://news.avclub.com/nick-lutskos-new-video-for-sideshow-is-a-papier-mache-1836312248

Doors 6:30pm
Music 8:00pm

$20.00 ADV / $25.00 DOS
18+ (under 18 admitted with parent or legal guardian)

Nick Lutsko is a songwriter, producer, and performer out of Chattanooga, TN. He routinely changes hats between performing high energy, theatrical shows with his band of creatures - The Gimmix - and creating satirical songs and music videos for the likes of Super Deluxe and CollegeHumor. His work with Super Deluxe earned him two Webby nominations and has amassed more than 100 million views across platforms. Regardless of which hat Lutsko is wearing, weirdness abounds.

Friday October 25, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Signal 1810 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA

8:00pm

6th Annual Bitter About Start Up Week Unofficial After Party
One last hooray as we reminisce on the good times of start up week.

Friday October 25, 2019 8:00pm - 11:30pm
The Bitter Alibi 825 Houston St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA