Sixth Annual Chattanooga Startup Awards

For one night, on October 24, 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

    This award recognizes 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.

  • CAUSEWAY’S CHANGEMAKER OF THE YEAR

    This award celebrates 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.

  • COLAB’S HIGH GROWTH COMPANY OF THE YEAR

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

  • INCUBATOR’S GOLDFINCH OF THE YEAR

    This award celebrates INCubator Clients who have excelled in their industry and implemented innovative designs and strategies for growth – all the while embodying the entrepreneurial spirit.

  • LAUNCH CHA’S MICRO-BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

    This award recognizes a LAUNCH CHA entrepreneur with fewer than 5 employees who has worked and persevered, despite the challenges they face as a woman-owned or minority-owned business.

  • SOCIETY OF WORK’S COWORKER OF THE YEAR

    This award recognizes an individual or organization who is a positive force in the Society of Work community and beyond by collaborating with, supporting, and cheering on those around them.

  • CHARLIE E. BROCK ECOSYSTEM BUILDER OF THE YEAR

    Charlie Brock is the former CEO of Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership dedicated to making Tennessee the #1 state for starting and scaling businesses. Brock is native to the Chattanooga area and has been a champion for the startup community since its conception, as an investor, mentor and leader.

    In the spirit of Charlie’s dedication to the Chattanooga entrepreneurial community, this award is dedicated to an individual who encourages collaboration between supporting organizations and exemplifies selfless dedication to making Chattanooga a stronger and more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Celebrate Chattanooga's ingenuity together

It takes a village.