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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
At GIGTANK 365, we believe three industries are particularly ripe for transformation in our unique environment: healthcare, 3D printing and SDN (software defined networking).
GIGTANK 365 is designed to leverage these assets, which is why we offer startup tracks in:
With critical support from One to One | Personal Physician Network
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.
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.
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.
Qualified candidates may include (but are not limited to) those using the following technologies to solve problems for customers:
Viable applicants might also include (but are not limited to) those working to solve problems in the following segments:
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.