Fifth Annual Chattanooga Startup Awards

For one night, on October 25, we will come together to celebrate Chattanooga’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. 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.

Join us as we award
visionaries of all kinds.

The Chattanooga Startup Awards will recognize and celebrate the next generation of emerging companies as well as everyone who helped them become successful along the way.

Industry leaders, designers,
mentors, consultants, journalists

Champions of all kinds will be honored for their incredible contributions to Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial environment. Every role that contributes to a startup’s growth is important, and is appreciated.

Truly, it takes a village.

Stand with us as we pledge
to do our part

Let's redefine the American Dream. Together, we can ensure that every person who contributes to our startup community has a place in Chattanooga where success can be both realized and recognized.

Awards Categories

In order to be eligible companies must be under 5 years old, under $1M in revenue, and be within a 55 mile radius of Chattanooga.

  • STARTUP OF THE YEAR

    The most forward-facing, problem-solving, original and inspiring young business in the Chattanooga area. This company embodies the innovative spirit and has a legitimate chance to be a household name.

  • COLAB’S HIGH GROWTH COMPANY OF THE YEAR

    This award celebrates a founder who has taken the entrepreneurial journey head on, with success in building their team, attracting capital, and pursuing their market.

  • LAUNCH CHA’S MICRO-BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

    A LAUNCH entrepreneur whose pursuit fits the micro-business model and recognize their perseverance despite the challenges they face as an underrepresented entrepreneur.

  • CAUSEWAY’S CHANGEMAKER OF THE YEAR

    A person who uses their entrepreneurial mind for good; rolling up their sleeves, working tirelessly in their neighborhoods and communities to create the change they want to see, whether that is through a nonprofit, a business, or a community project.

  • INCUBATOR’S INCUBATED BIZ OF THE YEAR

    A diamond in the rough polished to perfection through perseverance, hard work and by leveraging the bountiful resources in Chattanooga’s ecosystem is no longer a hidden gem.

  • SOCIETY OF WORK’S COWORKER OF THE YEAR

    This individual or organization promotes and relentlessly campaigns for redefining how we work, collaborate, and support each other's endeavors.

Celebrate Chattanooga's ingenuity together

It takes a village.