The Company Lab Announces Will This Float? Finalists

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Company Lab on Friday announced 10 finalists for Will This Float?, an annual pitch night showcasing innovators and entrepreneurs from the Chattanooga area. The Tuesday event kicks off at 6 p.m. on the Chattanooga Public Library’s Fourth Floor, and tickets are now available to the public.

Will This Float? will feature a fast-paced pitch competition. The Company Lab will award prizes based on feedback from a panel of judges as well as crowd-sourced voting. The evening is expected to draw hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and community members.

"It was extremely difficult to choose our Will This Float? finalists given the number of viable and highly original concepts that were submitted," said Mike Bradshaw, the director of The Company Lab. "This will be one of our most exciting pitch competitions to date, and we can't wait for Chattanooga to meet our extremely talented contenders on pitch night."

Finalists were selected based on The Company Lab’s F.L.O.A.T. criteria, and their concepts span a broad range of industry verticals:
• Apex Technologies / Bradley Sewell: Emergency vehicle detection device with driver notification.
• Carbon Objects / Allie O'Connell: Platform for buyers to discover quality, curated art, straight
from artists' studios.
• Gludi / Kyle McClain: Virtual assistant for self-managing diabetes.
• Granola / Kelsey Scott: Handcrafted, locally made, high-quality products for climbing and
outdoor use.
• K & J Creative / Jim Meckley: Line of toys and books using 3D printing technology.
• Mode / Meghan Talluri and Christian Shaheen: Website that makes everyday people designers
of their own clothing.
• Mojonnier Guitars / Paul Gardner: Electric guitars designed with a perfect fusion of the past,
present and future.
• Project Venus / Michael Powers: A simple, elegant and compostable fly trap.
• Temperate / Ongeleigh Underwood: Honest American clothing for the intentional style seeker.
• Viditor / Andrew McPherson: Online video editor that allows users to synchronously collaborate.

The event intentionally coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

Will This Float? sponsors include BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel; Baker Donelson; Henderson Hutcherson and McCullough; Miller and Martin; Launch Tennessee; and The Lyndhurst Foundation.

For more information about Will This Float? and to purchase tickets, visit http://colab.is/what-we-do/will-this-float/.



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