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RSVP for the Idea Leap Luncheon, Chambliss Startup Social and Pitch Competition Below

TVFCU's Idea Leap Grant is an annual competition in which emerging small business owners from across our service area compete to win grant funding. This year, to celebrate the fifth year of Idea Leap Grants, we are giving away a total of $100,000! The grand prize is $50,000, first place is $20,000 and three runners-up will win $10,000.

On Tuesday, October 18, TVFCU is hosting an educational luncheon featuring local entrepreneurs and a pitch competition that evening in which the five Idea Leap finalists will present their businesses and win one of five grants. Additionally, Chambliss Startup Group is hosting the Chambliss Startup Social before the pitch competition. This fun, social reception will include drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and great networking opportunities. All events are free and will be at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

See the following menus for information about each event, and RSVP for all three using the form below.

Please be advised that you must RSVP using the form below to attend any of these events.

 

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First-ever Idea Leap Luncheon

When: Tuesday, October 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center (200 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403)

What: The inaugural Idea Leap Luncheon will feature an inspirational panel of successful local entrepreneurs discussing their experiences as small business owners. Melanie Krautstrunk of Hutton and Smith Brewing Company, Aaron Hoff of Hoff & Pepper and Michael Rice of Mad Priest Coffee Roasters will engage with Greg Funderburg, anchor on Newschannel 9, who will moderate the discussion and share his entrepreneurial experiences as an author, fitness enthusiast and public speaker. Chatter Box Cafe will cater with pulled pork, smoked chicken and vegetarian chicken wings.

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Chambliss Startup Social

When: Tuesday, October 18, from 5 - 6 p.m.

Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center (200 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403)

What: Chambliss Startup Group is hosting a reception before the pitch competition with hors d'oeuvres from Party Bites, Hutton & Smith's craft beers and a DJ. The indoor/outdoor reception will be a fun event and a great networking opportunity.

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The Pitch Competition

When: Tuesday, October 18, from 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center (200 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403)

What: The five Idea Leap Grant finalists will present their businesses before a panel of volunteer community judges who will award five grants at the end of the evening. The event will also feature a special guest keynote speaker to be announced soon.

The five Idea Leap finalists, coming from an original pool of nearly 150 applicants, are:

You can learn more about each finalist by checking out this YouTube playlist:

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