Executive entrepreneur of Chattanooga’s The Company Lab Charlie Brock has been named president and CEO of Launch Tennessee, which is a public-private partnership that supports high-growth companies in the state.

Launch Tennessee focuses on four main areas-entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital and outreach-to support business development

“The services CO.LAB provides to Chattanooga’s startup companies and entrepreneurs are part of Launch Tennessee’s larger mission to create jobs and grow the state’s economy,” Brock said in a prepared statement. “I’m proud of the progress CO.LAB has made for the Southeast region, and I will continue to remain involved there as I take on additional duties at Launch Tennessee.”


The move means that Brock, who has been working with The Company Lab for about a year, will be more focused on his new position with the Nashville-based program.

So, Mike Bradshaw is joining The Company Lab as full-time entrepreneur-in-residence. Bradshaw and founder of The Company Lab Sheldon Grizzle will split up Brock’s responsibilities.

Bradshaw has 15 years of experience in directing software development projects, and he was a founding member of Compact Publishing.

After The Learning Company acquired Compact, Bradshaw served as director of software development for the $50 million adult education division.

He’s also worked as general manager of Next Knowledge.

With The Company Lab, he will provide mentoring to the organization’s business teams, helping them maximize their potential. He will keep regular hours at the Main Street business so that he can offer local entrepreneurs help.

Grizzle will continue to oversee The Company Lab’s Gig Tank initiative and manage strategic partnerships and external communications.

He said he appreciates everything Brock has done for the CO.LAB.

“I am so excited about Charlie’s new role with Launch Tennessee,” Grizzle said in a prepared statement. “He has brought a wealth of experience to Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial landscape. As he helps other regions across the state strengthen their local entrepreneurial communities, Tennessee will become stronger and more respected as a place that actively supports aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs.”