CO.STARTERS Summit 2016

The CO.STARTERS Summit convenes community leaders who are committed to strengthening the fabric of their local community and supporting starters of all kinds. During this three day event, you will have the opportunity to connect with other community leaders, build meaningful relationships, and discover tested resources and models to help you support your community better. By connecting with the most innovative leaders in the nation, you will expand your peer networks, be encouraged and equipped to face challenges at home, and gain a deeper understanding of how to move starters in your community from idea to action.

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Wednesday, October 5

9:00 AM : One Million Cups
10:00 AM: Explore Chattanooga
1:00 PM: Lunch with Special Guests
2:00 PM: Session 1
3:30 PM: Summit Kickoff
5:00 PM: Chattanooga SOUP
7:30 PM: LAUNCH’s Startup Showdown
9:00 PM: Afterparty

Thursday, October 6

7:30 AM: Yoga Warmup
8:00 AM:Speed Dating w/ Successful Models
9:00 AM: Session 2
11:00 AM: Session 3
12:15 AM: Group Catchup
12:15 PM: Lunch
2:00 PM: Session 4
3:30 PM: Session 5
5:20 PM: Pecha Kucha

Friday, October 7

7:30 AM: Yoga Warmup
8:00 AM: Breakfast
8:30 AM: Session 6
10:00 AM: Session 7
11:15 AM: Summit Wrap-up // Personal Stories
12:00 PM: Picnic
1:30 PM: Final Keynote // Jared Kleinert

Click here for a detailed event schedule.

Key Events

Chattanooga SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in the community. For a donation of $5, come share a meal, hear four ideas, and cast your vote to help fund a worthy project!
PechaKucha is partnering with CO.STARTERS to put on a PK Night featuring the CoStarters community. Come out to hear passionate entrepreneurs speak on their favorite topic while sticking to PechaKucha’s 20slides/20seconds each format.
In a world where it is possible for billion dollar startups, new technologies, and even entire communities to mature in a matter of years, the same is more true for our networks than ever before. USA Today’s “Most Connected Millennial”, Jared Kleinert, is an entrepreneur, TED speaker, and award-winning author of the upcoming book 3 Billion Under 30 who will take us step-by-step through his strategies for building a world-class network in record time and using it to lead multiple communities of top-performing Millennials (and those they influence) in all walks of life and all across the globe.

Featured Guests

Jared Klienert
Jared KlienertKeynote // 11 Community-Building “Secrets”
Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today’s “Most Connected Millennial” and a “Champion For Humanity” by the United Nations.
David France
David FranceWorkshop // Creating a Framework for Action Social-Change Projects
David France is an active performer and an innovative educator. He believes that the intersection of innovation, community, and the arts can catalyze social change and propel economic growth in a city.
Meg Bolger
Meg BolgerWorkshop // The Power of Facilitation: Skills to Ease Growth and Change
Meg is the co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation: 11 Key Concepts You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know. Meg is also a professional facilitator, social justice educator, and train-the-trainer trainer.
Justin Milano
Justin MilanoWorkshop // Transform Fear Into Creative Power
Justin Milano helps mindful entrepreneurs build exceptional companies. As a serial entrepreneur and certified leadership coach, Justin uses a unique blend of business and leadership coaching to help entrepreneurs create breakthroughs and fulfill their maximum potential.
Afu Okosun
Afu OkosunWorkshop // Co.Sessions: Breaking Down To Build Back Up
Afu Okosun is an author, licensed counselor and social entrepreneur. Using his social engagement platform, Soul Sessions, Afu looks to use his creative vehicles to foster social equity, entrepreneurship and inclusion in the communities he serves.


Staybridge Suites Chattanooga Downtown

Staybridge Suites is located in the heart of Chattanooga’s downtown business district and less than a mile from Bessie Smith Hall where The Summit will be held. For a discounted rate of $109 at this conveniently located hotel, call 423-267-0900 or 800-238-8000 and simply refer to the room block for the CO.STARTERS Summit or by using the online reservation link here. Overnight guest parking is $3.00 per day.

The Dwell Hotel

The Dwell Hotel is a boutique hotel on the corner of 10th Street and Columbia, where lively meets luxury, and high class meets high comfort. The rooms are retro reimagined, and the service is hospitality redefined. A stay at the Dwell Hotel is the kind of getaway you will not forget. Contact at (423) 267-7866 or

The Crash Pad

The Crash Pad is an uncommon hostel in the heart of downtown Chattanooga that combines the camaraderie of a traditional hostel with the charm and cleanliness of a boutique hotel. Book a bunk at this unique local business, founded by CO.STARTERS grads, and mention The Company Lab to receive 10% off your stay.