Dan Ryan receives inaugural Board Volunteer Award

The Enterprise Center’s last board meeting saw Dan Ryan named the first recipient of The Enterprise Center Board Volunteer Award. With such an active group of community leaders on the board, The Enterprise Center team felt it crucial — if excruciatingly difficult — to recognize one board member for going above and beyond in their […]

Mary Stargel to leave role as Director of Innovation District Programs

By The Enterprise Center The Enterprise Center would like to announce the departure of Mary Stargel, the Director of Innovation District Programs. Mary has been an integral part of The Enterprise Center staff for five years. She was part of a small, dedicated team who envisioned, and then created, a vibrant community at the Edney […]

New incubator for food and beverage start-ups opening on MLK Blvd


There’s a new space in Chattanooga for innovators in the food and beverage industry to experiment with their products and scale their businesses. The new concept, Proof, will open March 13 on MLK Blvd., in what was formerly Two Sons Kitchen and Douglas Heights Bakery. Proof will bring a unique asset to Chattanooga — a space […]

Chattanooga Highlighted at Congressional Hearing on Digital Divide

Geoff Milliner Chattanooga’s experience with broadband and digital equity was part of a Congressional hearing on January 29. A letter from Mayor Andy Berke was entered into the record during the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s hearing on “Empowering and Connecting Communities through Digital Equity and Internet Adoption,” the first such hearing to focus on […]

Chatt State and Hamilton County students compete in international cybersecurity contest

More than 40 local students spent a recent afternoon foiling computer hackers. On Saturday, November 9th, students from Chatt State and Hamilton County Schools competed against their peers in an international Capture the Flag Cybersecurity challenge, hosted by Magic Inc. The competition asks teams to complete increasingly difficult puzzles; points are awarded for correct answers, […]

J Flo brings an entrepreneurial mindset to hiphop — and to the barbershop

“Uncool” is a label not many music artists would try to achieve, especially rap and hip-hop artists, who often try to cultivate a lot of bravado and a flashy persona. However, one local rap artist, Jeremey Lawrence, also known as J.Flo, says being the “uncool kid” is central to his brand and his success. Lawrence […]

Makers at NOMCON showed that ‘creativity is power

Nikki Sheed NOMCOM, the annual Nation of Maker’s Conference, came to Chattanooga this year, hosting panels, workshops and speakers all celebrating ‘the power of the network.’ Where better than Gig City? Bringing together a global maker community for the weekend, NOMCON kicked off Friday, June 14th by offering attendees tours of innovative spaces in Chattanooga, […]

‘It’s opened my eyes’: Tech Goes Home student spotlight

Melissa Schwartz is a mom to five kids, in 5th to 10th grade, and on any given weeknight in their Hixson home, there’s a lot of homework that needs to get done. With just two poorly functioning laptops in the house for the kids to share, Melissa decided to sign up for a Tech Goes […]

Innovation in October

When Chattanooga’s Innovation District was formed in January 2015 we anticipated companies and entrepreneurs collaborating, forming new business ideas, attracting talent to the district and encouraging growth of an even broader support ecosystem. And despite the difficulties in measuring the metrics of an Innovation District, we have seen all that, and more. This validation has […]

The Enterprise Center Receives $30,000 Mozilla Grant

Geoff Millener Sharks, alligators and jellyfish – oh my! (And they’re coming straight from the Tennessee Aquarium to a classroom near you.) Originally launched at the Chattanooga Airport, the Nokia-built and EPB-powered technology that greets visitors with a crystal-clear 4K-display of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Alligator Bayou and Secret Reef has also been streaming into Red Bank […]