Miller Plaza provides a hub for Startup Week participants to refuel and work remotely. (Photo: Staff)

Startup Week is a showcase of the city’s entrepreneurial scene, but organizers said everyone can find something they will enjoy at one of the 180 scheduled events.

“Our goal was to make it as inclusive as possible and not just focus on those who are already involved in entrepreneurship,” Startup Week project manager Toyin Lanabe said. 

Startup Week events, each of which is organized and hosted by different individuals or organizations, are divided into more than a dozen categories, including creative, food, health, investor, networking and party.


People who aren’t interested in starting a business may still enjoy a Monday morning dance party hosted by Hip-Hop CHA or a pub crawl sponsored by Nooga Nightlife.

There’s a fitness class during which attendees can learn how to break unhealthy habits; there’s a session about professional boundaries and how to establish them; there’s a discussion on parenthood.

One event gives attendees the chance to “pick the brain of an attorney”; there’s also live music scheduled at the Startup Week headquarters in Miller Plaza.

ChattaNewbies is hosting a mystery dinner, and there will be a jam session in a treehouse.

UTC students, new graduates, new local residents and anyone who is interested in being better connected to Chattanooga may benefit from attending Startup Week events, Lanabe said.

“It’s truly an educational experience,” she said. “No one leaves without gaining a new, fresh perspective or wisdom on a new topic.”

The weeklong showcase, which starts Oct. 16, is similar to events hosted in cities such as Denver and San Diego.

The fourth annual event also features speakers, such as MapQuest co-founder Chris Heivly and Black in Tech Nashville CEO Dr. Fallon Wilson.

Startup Awards are Thursday night, and this year is the first time organizers have also planned a parade.

There’s a Startup Week blog to guide attendees, and this schedule allows participants to create a personalized calendar.

“Come to Startup Week with an open mind and ready to meet different people,” Lanabe said. “You never know what you’ll learn, the connections you’ll make or the people you’ll meet.”