This year’sStartup Weekis bigger than last year’s, which means attendees have more than 100 events from which to choose.
The weeklong showcase of all things entrepreneurial starts today and goes through Friday evening.
There’s an online toolto help attendees manage their schedules.
And to help you narrow it down, we’ve highlighted some suggestions below.
Start out the day with breakfast and coffee at Startup Week’s base camp, which is in Miller Plaza at 850 Market St.
This location will be a hub of activity and a place to relax during downtime. Last year, there were plenty of chances to mingle and network, as well as get free swag.
From there, consider showing your face at the office just for good measure, if needed, and then come back to base camp for15-Minute Reset,also in Miller Plaza. It starts at 10 a.m.
At noon, entrepreneurs can learn about the 10 most common bookkeeping mistakes new businesspeople make and practical ways to avoid them. That event will be at100 Cherokee Blvd.
End the day with Creative Juices Happy Hour, which includes an open house for makers and entrepreneurs, plus “relaxing and creative walk-up projects and fresh, nutritious juice from super-juices.”
Creative Juices Happy Hour will be inside The Public Library’s new Sewing Lab on The 4th Floor. The Public Library is located at 1001 Broad St.
If juice isn’t your thing, consider checking out Bubbly vs. Brews, a networking event hosted by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce at 811 Broad St. Click here to RSVP. It’s not required, but appreciated.
Early risers should consider checking out Innovation Policy: Creating a Startup Environment for Education in Hamilton County, hosted by the Public Education Foundation and Mozilla.
The panel discussion will be about policies that have allowed or could allow innovation in public schools.
Panelists will also share national, statewide and district initiatives, and there will be a question-and-answer session and a light breakfast, according to the schedule.
The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and takes place at100 E. 10th St., Suite 300.
If you can’t make it to something so early, consider stopping by base camp for coffee and then heading to a session called Cannonball Into Angel Investing: Learnings From The JumpFund.It starts at 9 a.m. and will take place at The Patten Group,832 Georgia Ave., Suite 360.
Just about everyone could use some destressing, so consider a yoga session at noon. Click here for more information. This event will be at1801 Rossville Ave.
If you’re overwhelmed with your startup, and yoga didn’t help, you could probably use this session.The workshop, at 701 Cherry St., Suite 200,will explore what startup leaders should keep in mind when “recruiting, engaging and seeking to retain its first contractors and employees.”
Cap off the evening with a potluck dinner, which happens from 6 to 10 p.m. at Granfalloon,400 E. Main St., Suite 120.
You’ll experience “a potluck evening of food, stories and music from the around the globe, exploring how the movement of people around the world has shaped music, and conversely how music can encourage dialogue and resilience amidst displacement and upheaval.”
Start off the day by helping the community.
From 8 to 10 a.m., Causeway is hosting a citywide Cause Mob, in which people sign up to help community causes. Volunteers work together to get the work done fast.
“Meet at Causeway for some coffee, a pep talk and a doughnut wall (yes, that’s a wall of doughnuts), then we will disperse to five volunteer sites around town for two hours of fixing, cleaning, painting and planting, all while bonding with the great new friends you’ve made during Startup Week,” according to the schedule.
Click here for more information.
At noon, Collard Greens & Cornbread: A Conversation on Diversity and Inclusionwill be held.
“Recently, Chattanooga leaders have launched several diversity and inclusion efforts . and many struggle to be successful,” according to the schedule. “Take a seat at our table for a little soul food on your lunch break, along with [storytelling on] the triumphs and challenges of belonging in Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
City Hall staff will host breakfast and a presentation about how businesspeople can sell goods and services to Chattanooga city government.This event will be at101 E. 11th St. from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
“Meet other racially and culturally diverse business owners and share your startup stories,” according to the schedule.
From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., LAUNCH will host a lunch event that aims to highlight diversity in the entrepreneurial community.
Lunch is free for those who register here.
PechaKucha starts at 5:20 p.m., and the storytelling series rarely disappoints. The night is about creative people telling stories and sharing ideas. Go to721 Broad St. for this event.
Even “nonmorning people”can start the day with a hike on Stringer’s Ridge.
“Participants will also be invited to take the challenge to leave your phone at the trailhead (gasp!),” according to the schedule.
That starts at 7 a.m.
After that, stop by base camp for some coffeeat 9 a.m.
At noon, check outBecca Stevens, author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, and founder and president of Thistle Farms.
At 4 p.m., entrepreneurs can commiserate about the troubles that come with starting a business. The event is called Bootstrappin’ it: The Pleasures and Pains of Starting a Business. It will be at1428 Williams St., Suite C1.
There’s an improv event at 7 p.m. at400 E. Main St., Suite 220.
And don’t forget the after-party. It starts at 9 p.m. at The Bitter Alibi, located at 825 Houston St.