The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work with companies ranging from Main Street businesses to tech startups scaling into major markets.


As a front door for entrepreneurs in the region, CO.LAB offers a variety of programs to assist all types of entrepreneurs. Our programs are designed to support the life cycle of an entrepreneur – from concept to investment – which in turn creates a model for building a strong startup community. By providing something for everyone, we ensure they receive the support needed at every step of the process, providing guidance and mentorship along the way. Our CO.Starters facilitators help founders build the basic knowledge required to launch a business. Our accelerator programs focus on HealthTech, Consumer Goods, transportation & Logistics, and Energy. Hackathons, and 24/48 hour challenges support local industry partners in crowdsourcing solutions and provide opportunities for students, startups, and small business to showcase innovations.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Debt Funding Preparation (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Government Funding

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends (Specialty)
  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
Contact Information
Christine DiPietro
1100 Market St.
Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402