Nominations Sought For The ChaTech Early Innovator Award

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ChaTech seeks nominations of innovative, new businesses for its Early Innovator Award to be given Oct. 20, 2017.

The Chattanooga Technology Council presents the Early Innovator Award (EIA) to honor emerging technology-related companies that have produced at least a prototype product or a beta stage software application that represents the potential for a significant competitive advantage. The EIA recognizes companies that are in the early stages of development (less than $50,000 in revenue) and where the innovation was developed in the greater Chattanooga area.

Any company may apply if they meet these criteria. The application is available at The deadline is Aug. 31.

According to Carla Askonas, Executive Director of ChaTech, “This will be the 13th year that the Early Innovator Award will honor an emerging business in Chattanooga.  ChaTech collaborates with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, who gives the Spirit of Innovation Award.  The two organizations compare applicants for the two prizes to their criteria and sometimes pass candidates to one other.”

Separate committees evaluate the applicants and make recommendations regarding the final awards.  The Chamber’s committee operates on a slightly different timetable, with the deadline of Aug. 15, for its Spirit of Innovation applications.

For more information about the Early Innovator Award application process, or to nominate a deserving business, contact Carla Askonas at 423 826-8700 or email

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