Gary Vaynerchuk, the co-founder of VaynerMedia, and Andrew Hyde, the mastermind behind Startup Weekend, will both be on hand for the weeklong celebration of Chattanooga's startup community in October.
Vaynerchuk will kick-off the week on Monday, Oct. 12 with a lunchtime event. "I'm super pumped to be coming to Startup Week in Chattanooga because well let's call it what it is: There were a drillion different places I could have opened our next office in, and I chose Chattanooga," said Veynerchuk, who opened an office in Chattanooga this summer. Originally from Belarus, Vaynerchuk grew his family's American wine business into a $60 million industry while he was fresh out of college. Today, he runs the popular digital agency, VaynerMedia.
Andrew Hyde, founder of Startup Weekend, will speak at an event hosted by Lamp Post Group, River City and The Enterprise Center about the importance of building a startup community. In addition to Startup Weekend, he founded Ignite Boulder and TEDxBoulder, and is a published author.
SWC will take place October 12-16, the same week as the Angel Summit, a two-day event bringing together 250 leaders for a two-day summit on the future of startup investing.