Dozens of business ideas launched in 48 hours during Chattanooga competition

Dozens of business ideas launched in 48 hours during Chattanooga competition

November 13th, 2011 by Staff Report in News

The audience listens to presentations at the demo night for 48Hour Launch Chattanooga, where hopeful entrepreneurs gave pitches for their business idea Sunday night at Track 29.

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Slawsa, a slaw and salsa combination, was first runner up in the 48 Hours launch over the weekend in Chattanooga. Second runner up was Job Ninja, a job website for students.

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

A micro-grant foundation, a slaw/salsa combination and a student-focused jobs website were the top three finishers in the 48 launch competition over the weekend.

Chattanooga's 48-hour launch propelled moneymaking ideas from concept to creation over the weekend, culminating in two dozen pitches at downtown's Track 29 venue as a crowd of more than 100 tweeted their approval.

The winner, Bijan Dhanani's Un-Foundation micro-grant foundation, won $10,000 in cash and business services. Along the way it morphed from a brainstorm to a legitimate foundation with more than $36,000 in funding and a dozen trustees.

See complete coverage in Monday's Times Free Press.