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/.


Business After Hours And Ridgeland High School Artists Reception Will Be May 12

The Walker County Chamber will host the Business After Hours and the Ridgeland High School Artists Reception – Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America celebrates the connection between Amercians and sports in our heritage. The event will be at the 6th Cavalry Museum on May 12, from 4-6 p.m. Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, ... (click for more)

Senator David Perdue Says The Debt Crisis Is Directly Impacting The Ability To Protect The Nation

Senator David Perdue, a member of the Senate Budget and Foreign Relations Committees, on Thursday highlighted the impact the federal debt crisis is having on the country’s ability to support the military and protect the nation.   Here are highlights: Responsibly Funding The Federal Government:  “The primary role of Congress is to responsibly fund the federal ... (click for more)

Dewayne Ray Burns Wanted After Firing Shots At Fort Oglethorpe Police Officers

Dewayne Ray Burns is wanted after police in North Georgia were led on a chase, and he fired shots at officers. Burns fired shots in their direction late Thursday night. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department are investigating the incident. According to park rangers on the scene, the Burns ran away, while firing shots in the direction ... (click for more)

5 Considered For Cleveland City Manager Position

Five names were selected  Friday  by a citizens advisory committee to send to the Cleveland City Council for consideration as the next Cleveland city manager. The five are Angie Carrier, Joe Fivas, Mark Reeter, Seth Sumner and Julie Underwood. The list is being sent in alphabetical order so no one has an advantage when the city council considers the candidates. ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Settle It With A Vote

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which I consider a pretty good authority on what words really mean, defines “freedom” in this way:  “The quality or state of being free: such as, (a) the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; (b) liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another; (c) independence -- the quality or state of being exempt ... (click for more)