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CO.LAB, Unum Group announce partnership focused on employee benefits market

Two Chattanooga organizations announced a new partnership yesterday that is focused on leveraging the city’s entrepreneurial strengths and leadership in the employee benefits market.

CO.LAB, the region’s non-profit supporting entrepreneurs, and Unum Group, a leading provider of employee benefits and a global leader in disability income protection, announced the new arrangement that brings together their complementary strengths.

Unum’s investment into the collaborative effort includes funding and access to its robust pipeline of experts. In the same spirit, CO.LAB will connect entrepreneurs and technology talent to Unum’s extensive insights into the employee benefits market. More broadly, the two entities will work together to apply entrepreneurial thinking and advanced problem solving to health and wellness opportunities both inside and outside of Chattanooga.

“Unum has established itself as a leader in the insurance market and the Chattanooga community,” said Marcus Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of CO.LAB. “We are excited to kick-off a partnership that will offer real-world insight into the challenges industry leaders encounter and explore how start-ups can provide unique solutions. This partnership illustrates how corporate and entrepreneurial ecosystems can work together to foster digital innovation and accelerate results.”

To learn more, read yesterday’s announcement (CO.LAB-Unum Partnership).


Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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