Why GIGTANK 365?

Entrepreneurs selected for GIGTANK 365 join an elite network of trailblazers in broadband, business, and academia. In addition to those connections, our startups enjoy the following perks:

 
Program Perks

World-Class Infrastructure

 

Fastest Internet speeds in the world

GIGTANK 365 is one of the only places in the Western Hemisphere to provide entrepreneurs with access to 10 Gbps Internet speeds – that’s more than 300x faster than the national average.

America’s largest test market of ultra high-speed broadband subscribers

As cities across the U.S. have begun building out their own high-speed networks, Chattanooga stands apart in fiber-to-the-home connectivity. With more than 80,000 homes and businesses connected to ultra high-speed internet, our region is the ideal environment for testing applications that will thrive on the advanced broadband platforms now in development throughout the nation.

Doorway to a virtual laboratory of more than 60 Tier 1 research universities

Through the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s GENI network, GIGTANK 365 entrepreneurs can test high performance applications across geographically distributed areas. With network access points into more than 60 of the nation’s top research universities, opportunities to collaborate on relevant projects are a major asset for startups in Chattanooga.

 

Market Access & Industry Expertise

 

On-the-ground guidance from a robust network of industry experts, specialists, business mentors, and major corporate partners

Connections to national thought leaders in broadband, including US Ignite and Mozilla

Access to follow-on capital upon completion of the program, as well as a chance to be tapped for Launch Tennessee’s cross-country investment tour covering key destinations such as Silicon Valley and New York City

 

Space to Live and Work

 

Free housing throughout the summer cycle of the accelerator, courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Collaborative workspace and office resources in the heart of Chattanooga’s Innovation District

Discounted access to local restaurants, exercise facilities, and attractions in the downtown area

 

Industry Tracks

At GIGTANK 365, we believe three industries are particularly ripe for transformation in our unique environment: healthcare, 3D printing and SDN (software defined networking).

Verticals

Our location in Chattanooga positions our accelerator in one of the strongest manufacturing hubs in the Southeast, at the doorstep of the nation’s most advanced broadband network, and at the gateway of several major healthcare networks.

GIGTANK 365 is designed to leverage these assets, which is why we offer startup tracks in:

3D printing / Additive Manufacturing

Healthcare

With critical support from One to One | Personal Physician Network

SDN (Software Defined Networking)

 

We also leave our doors open to startups with bandwidth-heavy ideas that fall outside those categories. Throughout the GIGTANK 365 program, we provide track-specific and tech-specific feedback from experts working in the field, as well as contact with potential beta testers and pilot partners. Our extensive partner network enables us to craft an accelerator experience as unique as the ideas our startups are pursuing. Stay tuned for more details about our industry tracks as we approach GIGTANK 365’s official launch this summer.

 

Who Qualifies?

GIGTANK 365 is designed for startups working on ultra high-bandwidth business applications. Strong preference will be given to applicants who place high-speed, low-latency networking at the core of their business models.

 

Startups selected for our accelerator work in the heart of the only fully gig-enabled metro area in the nation.

Today, Chattanooga is the only place in the U.S. where startups can test their ideas on a community-wide fiber optic network. As such, we’re looking for the best and brightest with whom to share our first mover advantage.


Selection Criteria
 

Qualified candidates may include (but are not limited to) those using the following technologies to solve problems for customers:

  • Big data analytics
  • Software defined networking
  • Streaming and 4K video
  • Virtual reality
  • Connected devices
  • Sensor networks
  • Artificial intelligence / machine learning

Viable applicants might also include (but are not limited to) those working to solve problems in the following segments:

  • Healthcare
  • Advanced networking
  • 3D printing and other areas of advanced manufacturing
 

Not sure if you fit the bill? Don’t count yourself out just yet.

We’re open to your ideas. At the end of the day, we’re looking for inventive people who have valuable ideas to test out on our fiber optic network. Apply now to toss your hat in the ring.

 
 

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