There are several organizations which help people transform their ideas into reality:
- The Company Lab (CO.LAB): Supports entrepreneurs through programs like the CO.STARTERS business development program, a 100 day startup accelerator, and 12 week GIGTANK accelerator summer program.
- Lamp Post Group: Venture incubator
- Tennessee Business Development Center: Offers free classes in starting a business and related areas, business plan development and legal support, and additional resources.
Communities & Recurring Events
- /r/chadev: Reddit group for developers in Chattanooga
- One Million Cups: Weekly coffee and presentations from startups
- Meetups & User Groups: Drupal PHPPython, Apple Developers, Developers Lunch, CHUGALUG, Business Intelligence
- Chamber of Commerce (Events)
- Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga
- Mozilla's Monthly Hackathon and Community Coffee
- Chattanooga Technology Council (Events)
- Code and Creativity
- Chattdevs.com: Links to the programming repositories for local programmers, as well as a calendar of local events for developers.
- #Chadev IRC channel
- Carbon Five Hack Night
Coffee shops popular for entrepreneurs and people working on startups include Niedlov's, Mean Mug, Cadence Coffee, and Camp House. There are also several coworking spaces in town, including Society of Work, The Concierge Office Suites and Chattanooga Workspace. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce offers space in their INCubator on the North Shore at highly subsidized rates.