Our Four Initiatives
Here at LAUNCH, we are committed to empowering entrepreneurs at every stage of their business journey.
LAUNCH CHA was our first initiative started back in 2011. Our 10-week LAUNCH CHA course is aimed at entrepreneurs interested in starting a business, and those who have already started one. We also provide business coaching, mentoring, networking opportunities, workshops, and other opportunities to our LAUNCH CHA graduates.
LAUNCHing Bright Ideas
LAUNCHing Bright Ideas is our entrepreneurship curriculum geared toward high school students. Students are trained in how to build a business. At the end of the school year, each student in our program competes in a pitch competition for computers and more. We have trained 8 Chattanooga area schools and empowered 829 students though LAUNCHing Bright Ideas.
StartSpark is a network of organizations empowering underrepresented entrepreneurs across the U.S. We partner with organizations in their startup phase by providing training, coaching, and tools to help them build strong, supportive organizations in their own cities. We share and learn from our network partners as we all navigate toward our common goal of diversity and inclusion.
Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga
The Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga, or KIC for short, is a startup space for food-centric entrepreneurs. Our space provides room for small business owners to KICkstart their business. We have space for caterers, food truck owners, bakers, and distributors, Be sure to visit us in Brainerd every Friday to see what our entrepreneurs are cooking at the Pop-Up.
LAUNCH begins empowering entrepreneurs through the LAUNCH CHA program
LAUNCH begins teaching entrepreneurship in High Schools though LAUNCHing Bright Ideas
LAUNCH expands to include a national network through StartSpark
LAUNCH opens a shared kitchen startup space, the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga (KIC)
20 National Partners
201 Businesses Supported
829 High Students Empowered