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Four Tyner Academy students took home the top prize package valued at $10,000 after pitching their business idea at the annual LAUNCH High School Entrepreneurship Competition this weekend.  The first-place idea came from students Terry Sales, Lorenzo Foster, Tery Thomas and Malik Yearby, who created Pure Life, which is a mop bucket that filters dirty water so that the user can continually…
24 Nov
Chattanooga nonprofit organization LAUNCH is hosting the annual High School Entrepreneurship Competition Dec. 7. Founded in 2010, LAUNCH aims to empower community members through entrepreneurship, job training and mentorship. Students from Tyner Academy, Howard School, Brainerd High School and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy will be competing for the $10,000 grand prize this year. "This…
In 2011, Derelle Roshell was a local high school student who took one entrepreneurship class; now, he's studying business management at Chattanooga State Community College and working to build his business, Lingua Cocoa.  After taking the class through LAUNCH—which is local organization that aims to empower community members through entrepreneurship, job training and…
LAUNCH is hosting an upcoming mixer to support its High School Entrepreneurship Program.  "Main St. Mixer is a series of social events that combines business and social networking in a professional yet comfortable environment," organizer Chester W. Sharp said in a prepared statement. "In addition, we provide new and existing businesses a platform to share their products or services by…
Forget about marking tools with tape or scratching them with something sharp to create unique identifiers. ToolGard will permanently brand them with a laser - and the start-up company will come to you to do it. With that pitch, ToolGard founder Brandon Tiede on Thursday won nonprofit organization Launch's first-ever pitch contest, earning $35,000 in prizes to help get his new business going. "I…
Local entrepreneurs pitched ideas at a LAUNCH competition Thursday night, and three won packages to boost their businesses. Brandon Tiede with ToolGard, which provides customized engraving of logos and designs on work tools for identity and theft prevention, took the first-place prize, which is valued at $35,000 and includes an array of business services. Second place went to Wee Care Diaper…