2018 Nominations are live!


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ChaTech Early Innovator Award

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. The EIA recognizes the effort it takes to sustain focus in the face of these challenges.

The winner of the EIA award finalists receive:

  • Free tickets to the Spirit of Innovation award luncheon on Wednesday, October 24th
  • A downloaded copy of the video made about all the finalists. A company’s raw footage can be provided upon request.
  • Media exposure. Previous EIA award winners have been featured in local and regional media.

In 2017, the nominees were a variety of apps and software platforms covering diverse subject areas.  All are being developed, tested, and launched in Chattanooga, directly impacting the region’s economy.

Now in its 13th year, the EIA has been awarded to some of Chattanooga’s most innovative businesses. They include Branch Technology, Feetz, Tricycle Inc., Variable, and Collider.

After the Early Innovator Award Committee reviews your nomination, you may be asked to complete the detailed EIA Application here.