Miller & Martin Played Significant Role in Elevating the Chattanooga Entrepreneurial Community

October 16, 2015

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Miller & Martin attorneys recently participated in three exciting events aimed at providing resources, knowledge and inspiration for entrepreneurs and investors with a vision of success.

"It is a privilege to have been provided the opportunities Miller & Martin had, allowing for integration into Startup Week Chattanooga on such varying levels," said E. Mattias Jannerbo, Chattanooga leader of the Emerging Business practice group.

Startup Week Chattanooga, a multi-day celebration of Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community, held over 100 events and gatherings, highlighting the city's growing startup scene, and focused on providing numerous educational and social networking options for attendees to participate. As a part of this event, Miller & Martin hosted a lunch and panel discussion, moderated by attorney E. Mattias Jannerbo, titled, "Finding Funding: A Conversation with CEOs who Have Raised Capital." Panelists included, Stephen Culp from Price Waiter, LLC; Andy Perez from AudiencePoint, Inc.; and Keith Campbell from 3D Operations, Inc. Event discussion included questions and responses among the three, sharing personal stories of what worked and what did not work for them while raising capital and growing their businesses successfully.

During Startup Week Chattanooga, Miller & Martin also hosted several sessions of AngelSummit US, a 2-day conference that brought together more than 250 leaders in startup businesses and entrepreneurship. Attorney, E. Mattias Jannerbo, participated in a panel discussion on the topic of "Terms and Term Sheets: What Really Matters." Each year, one market inside the United States is selected for AngelSummit US, to discuss tactics for building successful, scalable startup portfolios that are just as innovative as the companies they finance. Startup Angels, a Washington D.C.-based company of investors and startup executives, and host of AngelSummit US, strives to frame the startup investing landscape in order to facilitate conversation among community and industry leaders, and prepare investors to fuel greater innovation in their markets.

University of Tennessee Chattanooga also got in on the excitement of Startup Week Chattanooga, hosting the 4th Annual UTC CEO Club Elevator Pitch (Round 2). This was a "Shark-Tank" like event, where the remaining five pitch contestants were judged by area business leaders, highly involved in the startup community. The winner and runner-up were awarded prizes which included mentoring sponsorships with a goal of setting them up for long-term success. Miller & Martin will be providing necessary legal advice to use as they seek to build their businesses and launch their products, while continuing their startup journey.

Miller & Martin attorneys who participated in events throughout the week were all business, for the most part, they enjoyed the social networking gatherings as well. Particularly attorney, Merrill Nelson, who was more than happy to show off his trophy when announced winner of the 2nd Annual PriceWaiter Startup Ping Pong Tournament.