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? Meet the winners of our 7th Annual Chattanooga Region Idea Leap Grant! ?

? Huge congratulations to Southern Soul Yoga for clinching the first spot and securing $30,000!

? Coming in strong at second place is Renew Exterior Services, walking away with $15,000!

? Let's give a big shoutout to our $10,000 runner-ups: Creekside Flower Farm, Divine Purity Aurapothecary Co., and Humanitees Print & Design.

TVFCU is hosting several Idea Leap-related events in Chattanooga during National Small Business Week in 2024:

Wednesday, May 1:

  • Idea Leap networking and educational breakfast, 8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
    TVFCU Southside - 125 W. 20th Street, Chattanooga
  • The first-ever ArtsBuild Periscope CHA Pitch Competition + Artist Entrepreneur Showcase, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    R.I.S.E. Chattanooga - 2901 Taylor Street, Chattanooga (Open to the public)

Thursday, May 2: [The RSVP window has Closed]

Luncheon: The Signal, 21 Choo Choo Avenue, Chattanooga, TN

  • Idea Leap luncheon featuring keynote speaker Karen Hutton, Founder/CEO - Hutton (RSVP required)

Pitch Night: The Signal, 21 Choo Choo Ave, Chattanooga, TN

  • Chambliss Startup Social/ 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. (Open to the public)
  • Idea Leap Grant Pitch Competition/ 6:00  - 8:00 p.m. (Open to the public)

Grants to be awarded:

First Prize- $30,000
Second Prize: $15,000
Three Runners-Up- $10,000

The Top Five Finalists moving forward into Chattanooga's Idea Leap Grant competition are:

Congrats to the Chattanooga People's Choice Winner, Creekside Flower Farm




The inaugural Chattanooga Entrepreneur Week (CEW),

presented by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and the Chattanooga Business Resource Collective (BRC), includes a (free) three-day conference at the Finley Stadium Ultra Club, and other partner events throughout the week. The conference will include networking opportunities, breakout sessions, panel discussions, a live podcast recording, roundtable events, and a co-working zone in the Press Box. Please register below. The rest of the week will include partnership events such as the Chamber Small Business Awards, ArtsBuild Periscope Pitch Competition, 7th Annual TVFCU Idea Leap Pitch Competition, HiveThink Coffee Break, Kitchen Incubator Chattanooga (KIC) Food Truck Friday, and more! [April 29 - May 3].


Congratulations to these Chattanooga Area Semifinalists!

Business Name Business Owner(s)
Blossom and Rhyme Rachael Croxall
Creekside Flower Farm LLC Morgan Sharpe
Divine Purity Aurapothecary, LLC Cassandra Tucker
Good Sister Studio Alexa Kuper
Humanitees Print & Design Antonio Hickman
Pizzeria Cortile Justin Bennett
Renew Exterior Cleaning Services Brandon Beavers
Southern Soul Yoga Jenna Wright
Ward's Construction Donzell Ward


Information and FAQs about the TVFCU Idea Leap Grant program may be found here:

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