The ultimate Startup Week guide

Authored By chloe.morrison

Startup Week, the city’s weeklong showcase of all things entrepreneurial, starts Monday.

There are more than 80 events scheduled throughout Chattanooga over five days. 

Organizers have created three tracks-tech, social and creative-that will be highlighted during the week. 

Area residents and visitors can find events that range from a documentary screening to a lunchtime workout to a session that explains how to use improv skills for business interactions. 

Entrepreneur, best-selling author and co-founder of VaynerMedia Gary Vaynerchuk and Andrew Hyde-founder of Startup Weekend-will be keynote speakers.

And the AngelSummit coincides with Startup Week. The two-day summit will unite more than 250 businesspeople from across the country.

There’s also time for free co-working at Society of Work every day. 

If filtering through 80-plus events is overwhelming, we’ve got you covered.

Below are highlights for the week. Click the links for more information, such as location.

Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.
Choose between a session with the word “poop” in the title or taking a tour of the $2.5 million TechTown facility. 

During “How to Not Poop the Bed as a Director,” Chattanooga business lawyer Emma Flynn will talk about the most common ways that directors inadvertently break rules. She’ll help you understand how to run “a legit company, the legit way.”  

Also at that time, organizers will be giving tours of TechTown, which is a relatively new technology and entrepreneurial innovation center. 

Leaders at the center start teaching children early and host camps for kids and teens. But it’s also a place adults can go to do everything from 3-D printing to building and testing a robot or video game. 

Monday, Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Entrepreneur James Chapman is hosting “How to Start a Business Without Investor Money.”

He will join other entrepreneurs who will talk about how they have started businesses without investment capital. 

Monday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
A visual artist collective and recent Causeway Challenge winner called 800 is hosting an art session.

800 focuses “on art for the community’s sake.”

The event will use artistic exercises and experimentation to share community perspectives. 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.
David Hendee, from software development and design firm Carbon Five, will help participants-who will break into teams-learn how to create an experience map, which is a tool used to help understand products and interactions from a user’s point of view. 

This session will help participants use an experience map to design new products or improve existing ones. 

Registration for this event is required. 

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.
Program director and senior researcher at Harvard Business School Manjari Raman will discuss economic mobility, the skills gap and a recent study on the challenge of shared prosperity.

The session is called “From Harvard Business School to Chattanooga.”

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m.
The Public Library’s Etsy success workshop will guide participants through everything they need to know to launch a store on the online wholesale shop. An experienced seller will give tips on naming the shop, understanding how items are found via search, and photography and item descriptions. 

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
This speed learning event is like speed dating without the awkward interactions. 

There will be tables lined up, each with a different subject. Each participant will go around with a group and have seven minutes at each table to learn something new. 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.
Go to Miller Plaza at 9 a.m. to be among the first in the world to try out locally 3-D-printed shoes at the Feetz pop-up store. 

Feetz is a company that makes customizable footwear using 3-D printing technology. CEO and founder Lucy Beard pitched at Gig Tank’s Demo Day last year, where she announced that she’d be moving her company from Silicon Valley to Chattanooga. 

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12:30 p.m. 
Get free pizza and free financial help from a former bank executive who left the industry so he could use his expertise to help consumers. 

Nick Clements is a former Barclays banker who started visiting Chattanooga after seeing “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,” which focuses on a woman in Chattanooga struggling financially. 

He’s coming back to talk about financial technology and how it can help both startup founders and individuals.  

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.
In this session, hear from OpenTable Vice President Dave Arthurs about what big companies look for when acquiring a startup.

In 2013, officials with online reservations company OpenTable Inc. announced that they purchased Chattanooga business Quickcue in an $11.5 million deal. 

Thursday, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.
This session, called “Well Said,” will help participants plan for spontaneity when delivering speeches and getting messages across. 

Thursday, Oct. 15, 12 p.m.
Amelia Edwards will provide the crowd with ukulele tunes. 

Thursday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m. 
This is your chance to dunk local investors and raise money for Tech Goes Home Chattanooga, which is raising money to provide tools and education to underserved Hamilton County residents.

Friday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. 
Local attorney Dan Gilmore-who opened Squire Strategies in 2013 to provide flexible, cost-effective human resources solutions for area businesses and entrepreneurs-will talk about how competitive benefits are important to secure a company’s success. 

Registration is required for this event. 

Friday, Oct. 16, 12 p.m.
During this session, participants will learn about recently passed B-corporation legislation that goes into effect next year and how it will affect startups. 

Friday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.
Finish the week with food, drinks and a tour of The Company Lab’s new office in the Edney Building.