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September 26, 2019 | Tom Ballard

Three pitch competitions, multi-awards event and maker day highlight 2019 “Startup Week Chattanooga”

About 90 events are scheduled during next month’s “Startup Week Chattanooga,” according to a schedule released earlier this week by the organizers.

The annual event runs October 19-25 at a variety of venues around the city, starting on the first day – a Saturday – with the “Chattanooga Maker Day” at the Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad Street. Formerly known as the “Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire,” the event 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 attendees can become a maker.

The ”Chattanooga Maker Day” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 19.

After taking a day off on Sunday, the next five days are jampacked with a variety of sessions and events. We noted that three pitch competition are scheduled.

  • The annual “Will This Float?” competition is set to start at 6 p.m. October 21 at Startup Week Basecamp at Miller Plaza, 850 Market Street. It is organized by CO.LAB which notes that more details will be announced soon.
  • The next day, the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union is hosting its second annual “Idea Leap Grant Pitch Night” at Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East Martin Luther King Boulevard. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will have 10 small businesses vying for one of five grants that will total $50,000.
  • Finally, on October 23, LAUNCH CHA’s “Startup Showdown” begins at 6 p.m. at The Camp House, 149 East Martin Luther King Boulevard. Ten entrepreneurs will be pitching to win the grand prize.

Prior to the LAUNCH CHA event, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to announce the winner of its “Spirit of Innovation” award during a ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Signal, 1810 Chestnut Street.

October 24 features the sixth annual “Chattanooga Startup Awards” event at Miller Plaza. Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will recognize the “Startup of the Year,” “Changemaker of the Year,” CO.LAB’s “High Growth Company of the Year,” INCubator’s “Goldfinch of the Year,” LAUNCH CHA’s “Micro-Business of the Year,” Society of Work’s “Co-worker of the Year,” and the “Charlie Brock Ecosystem Builder of the Year.”

On October 25, there’s the proverbial after party that begins at 8 p.m. at The Bitter Alibi, 825 Houston Street.

Click here to see the complete schedule.

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