48Hour Launch To Pick Winners Sunday Night

By Dave Flessner
Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 48 hours to build and pitch a business? Sounds impossible right? Not in Chattanooga, where the seventh annual “48Hour Launch contest” kicked off Friday night. In the past, the program helped launch startup “Quickcue”, a restaurant reservation app that was ultimately sold to Open Table for $11.5 million.

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

Seven budding entrepreneurs hope to turn their business ideas from concept to creation this weekend with the help of dozens of volunteer programmers, web designers, lawyers and business consultants.

The seventh annual 48Hour Launch kicked off Friday night with the promise of cash prizes, foreign travel and vital business connections to those picked to have the best business plan by Sunday night’s pitch night.

On the 5th floor of the Edney Building at the hub of Chattanooga’s Innovation District, teams quickly formed Friday night to develop ideas ranging from a virtual reality device for participants to be emerged in a foreign language culture to a multimedia system for middle- and high-school students to generate music and lighting effects from their dance movements.

Others are developing plans this weekend to use autonomous drones to streamline how defective utility lines are identified and corrected or they will be working on a desk module that will provide touch-screen systems making it easier for students and teachers to use compared to traditional computer tablets.

The ideas are all from local entrepreneurs picked by Co.Lab and the Mozilla Foundation for this year’s 48Launch under the theme of the Internet of all things.

The connectivity offered by the internet allows any device to be remotely monitored, controlled and even repaired from most anywhere in the world.

The advantages of connectivity are also very personal, at least during the weekend of business building inside the Edney Building.

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