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11 Oct

LAUNCH Startup Showdown Winners Announced

October 11, 2016     News

LAUNCH held their 3rd annual Startup Showdown, where 10 entrepreneurs from their Business Entrepreneurship Academy pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges.  First place and a prize of $2,500 went to Pat Rowe, owner and operator of BBQ Rowe, a barbecue catering company that will "satisfy your tastes." Pat serves a variety of items, including ribs, pulled pork, turkey legs, and…
28 Sep

Feds give $50,000 to help minority-owned startups in Chattanooga

September 28, 2016     Times Free Press     News

The Chattanooga-based nonprofit Launch will receive a $50,000 federal grant to help fund its efforts to develop and encourage more minority and women entrepreneurs in Chattanooga. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Launch was picked as one of 67 recipients of SBA funding through the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Read the full story over at
Chattanooga based nonprofit LAUNCH has been announced as an awardee of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition by the U.S. Small Business Administration office of Investment and Innovation. The competition saw over 400 applications from organizations across 32 states and the District of Columbia. LAUNCH and the additional 67 recipients will be awarded $50,000 each totaling $3.4 million in prizes…
From playing an escape game to meeting with local business leaders, participants in LAUNCH's second Kinect summer program will get an array of experiences this week meant to inspire them to become entrepreneurs.  LAUNCH Kinect is a workshop happening this week that builds on and goes beyond lessons taught in the nonprofit's High School Entrepreneurship Program.  Read the full story over…
3 Jun

LAUNCH Kinect Holds Summer Camp Next Week

June 3, 2016     News

LAUNCH will hold it's second annual LAUNCH Kinect week long summer camp June 6-10. "LAUNCH Kinect's aim is to empower and grow students' knowledge and connections throughout Chattanooga with the support of positive and influential local business leaders. This week-long intensive workshop focuses on additional entrepreneurial skills, going beyond LAUNCH's High School Entrepreneurship Program,"…
1 Apr

LAUNCH: Partnering for Impact

April 1, 2016     FSG Bank     News

Jamaal Macon spent five years as a franchisee of a commercial cleaning company before making a risky decision. He knew the financials were skewed in favor of the franchisor, and he wanted to be more than an employee. He wanted, instead, to own and operate his own cleaning company. But even though he was skilled at his work, Jamaal knew there were parts of the business with which he was…