• 9 New Companies Graduating From Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

    9 New Companies Graduating From Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

    9 New Companies Graduating From Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs

    The UTC’s City Imaginative and prescient Institute, in partnership with LAUNCH, broadcasts the inaugural commencement of its Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. UVI’s objective is to assist aspiring entrepreneurs from Chattanooga’s underrepresented communities attain sustainable, predictable and rising earnings of their companies.

    The commencement celebration shall be held Thursday at 6 p.m. on the Hamilton County Enterprise Improvement Heart (INCubator) at 100 Cherokee Blvd. The reception shall be catered by one in all this 12 months’s Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs graduates, Kenyatta Ashford of Impartial Floor.

    “Our neighborhood’s power and future development,” stated Mike Bradshaw, Entrepreneur in Residence of the Gary Rollins School of Enterprise, Heart for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTC, “will come from these homegrown concepts. Our aim at UVI is to supply the help of those enterprise homeowners, be their advocates and mentors so their companies turn out to be profitable and we are able to duplicate that success for others in underrepresented communities.

    Finishing the Bootcamp milestone is just the start of the journey for these 9 entrepreneurs. As they develop their companies, they are going to be supported by UVI’s robust staff of startup neighborhood advocates, mentors and supporters who will proceed to work with them to stabilize and develop their companies over the following 9 months.

    The inaugural class of UVI entrepreneurs contains:

    Veatrice Conely, Unveiled Bridal Studio

    Shawnice Beard, Callie’s Avenue

    Marshun Hardnett, Enchanted Occasions Chattanooa

    Cardelle Davis, The Transition: Digital Evolving

    Walter Lindey, Unity One East, Inc.

    Marcus Value, Chosen’s Stress Washing

    Kenyatta Ashford, Impartial Floor

    Calvin Wooden’s, Cal’s Headlight Restoration

    Shateria Smith, Merely Props

    “The UVI program’s stage of assets and the real care of serving to our companies to turn out to be extra profitable is superb”, stated Cardell Davis of The Transition: Digitally Evolving. “The totally different presenters and connections that this system has supplied wouldn’t have probably been doable to do by myself. This program has been an enormous eye opener to me by increasing the best way I method my enterprise.”

  • Start-up Bootcamps Help Entrepreneurs Find Seed Money for Businesses

    Start-up Bootcamps Help Entrepreneurs Find Seed Money for Businesses

    A program meant to help West Virginians find seed money to start a business is looking for more participants.

    The money is part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs. The program has been referred to as “America’s largest seed fund” because it provides early-stage funding. The virtual workshops or “bootcamps” help entrepreneurs walk through the process of applying for federal seed money for their businesses.

    Anyone can attend the bootcamps, but organizers will give priority to West Virginians. Counseling and guidance after the workshop is reserved for state residents only.

    The goal is to increase the number of applications and awards to West Virginians. According to a news release, participants in the workshops will learn what’s involved in developing a proposal, identifying opportunities, preparing to write a grant, best practices and how to register.

    The program is a partnership between TechConnect West Virginia, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and the West Virginia Hive with the Small Business Administration’s Federal and State Partnership.

    The partnership in SBA’s FAST (Federal and State Partnership) Program to promote SBIR-STTRs began in the fall of 2019. The first bootcamp was held in November 2019. Since then, there have been a total of 20 bootcamps with 618 participants.

    This year’s virtual education, research-focused workshops will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5. You can find more information, or to register for the free, virtual workshop, at TechConnect’s website.