One of ChaTech’s strategic priorities is to shine a spotlight on the innovative and potentially disruptive technologies that are being developed right in our backyard. These technologies, however, don’t pop up overnight. They require intense, long hours; investment of one’s own time and resources when success is not certain; excitement, vision, and loneliness in the face of taking risks. The Early Innovator Award (EIA) recognizes these innovators in their early stages (companies generating up to $50,000 in revenue). The EIA acknowledges the effort it takes to sustain focus in the face of these challenges. It honors an emerging technology-based company with a prototype product, a new process, or early-stage software application with the potential for a significant competitive advantage or groundbreaking disruption in its field. In partnership with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, ChaTech and the Early Innovate Award committee celebrates local innovation.
How to apply:
If the company generates more than $50,000 in revenue, please apply for the Spirit of Innovation award here.
The winner of the EIA award finalists receive:
Security Centres International: nominated for their collapsible, 26-foot-tall mobile tower for security in many settings. This was used at Riverbend this year; however, the tower made its debut in the Cayman Islands. Chattanooga is the US base where the tower made its debut.
LIT Devices, LLC: nominated for the Lung Isolation Tube (LIT), a device that will treat pneumothorax and tensions-pneumothorax in the field of emergency medicine by isolating the effected lung. The inventor, Caleb Sutherland, is a student entrepreneur at Southern Adventist University.
Culture Audio: nominated for their Culture V1 noise cancelling headphones. Lab tests show the V1 (priced at $150) cancels ambient noise as effectively as the leading Bose product ($350). In addition, they incorporate innovative features including auto pause and swipe technology that will raise the bar for user expectations