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Chattanooga will host a major conference of entrepreneurial investors, executives and service providers this fall during Startup Week in Chattanooga.

Startup Angels, a group of investors and startup executives pushing new business ventures around the world, said today it will present AngelSummit US, in Chattanooga on Oct. 13-14. The conference will bring together more than 200 leaders in startup businesses and entrepreneurship to discuss tactics for building successful, scalable startup portfolios that are just as innovative as the companies they finance.

Similar AngelSummits were previously held in Dallas last November and in Madrid Spain earlier this month.

The announcement of the latest Angel Summit was made today at the 36/86 conference in Nashville sponsored by Launch Tennessee.

"Startups are everywhere, but venture capital isn't," said Startup Angels Founder and CEO Leslie Jump. "We're on a mission to eliminate the problem of 'access to capital' by unleashing the potential of millions of new startup investors around the world."

The Chattanooga summit will open on Oct. 13t at Lindsay Street Hall, as part of the celebrations around Chattanooga Startup Week, with corporate and community partners including The Enterprise Center, the Jump Fund, The Company Lab (CO.LAB), Launch Tennessee and more.

Organizers said Chattanooga's history of entrepreneurship, trailblazing launch of the nation's fastest city­wide internet access 'The Gig', and a new downtown Innovation District creates the perfect backdrop to host a national conversation on startup investing.

"Hosting the premier AngelSummit is a win for Chattanooga's innovation district," Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said in a statement today. "By providing a physical space for ideas, talent, and capital, Chattanooga is maintaining its place at the front of the curve and growing the companies and jobs of the future."

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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