Chattanooga’s CO.LAB has announced the six participants that will vie for prize money during next week’s “Will This Float?” pitch competition. Scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on October 17 at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza, the Double Cola-sponsored event will feature three companies in the adult bracket and three in the junior bracket.
The adult competitors are:
- Matt Nassar with Overtone Soundpad;
- Antonio Tate of Cha Cha Masala; and
- Allison Campbell of Fluffy Friends.
Those in the junior category are:
- Elsie Elliott with Shirley Temple in a can;
- Pride Haggerty who is pitching a customizable power strip; and
- Tiffany Lowry whose idea is a watch and necklace for PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) detection.
There will be free food and drinks (non-alcoholic). To register, click here.
The next day (October 18), CO.LAB and the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) are collaborating on two other related events. TVFCU is hosting an educational luncheon on October 18 featuring local entrepreneurs ahead of the pitch competition that evening where five “Idea Leap” finalists will present their businesses and win one of five grants. As previously announced, the five finalists will compete for a total of $100,000 in grant funds. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000, first runner-up receives $20,000, and the other three runners-up will receive $10,000 each. All of the monies are focused on helping the winners expand their business and boost growth. Those selected are: Be Caffeinated, Mountain View Low Vision Services, Neutral Ground Chattanooga, NewTerra Compost, and Sleepyhead Coffee.
In addition to the luncheon and the pitch competition, Chambliss Startup Group is hosting a social before the pitch competition. The event will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and great networking opportunities. All events are free and will be at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. To register for them, click here.