Chattanooga's entrepreneurial empowerment group LAUNCH gives teenagers chance to shine

December 9, 2013  |  Times Free Press  |  Jeff LaFave  |  News

"Loud" isn't just the working name for Demetric Bush and Ashunti Garner's startup project. It's also how the audience reacted when the duo won first place in a high school competition. On Sunday night, Chattanooga's entrepreneurial empowerment group LAUNCH hosted its third annual high school competition at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Of the 18 combined group entrants, who gave five-minute presentations to some of Chattanooga's most prominent entrepreneurs, Bush and Garner walked away with top honors and a cool $10,000 in startup services, such as legal advice and expert backing.

They aspire for their "Loud" concept, which aims to create mobile art classes in Chattanooga's urban areas, to further the city's sense of expression. Anyone can come. Anyone can create.

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