Local founders and CEOs inspire entrepreneurs on ChattaScooter Startup Tour
As part of Startup Week, Adventure Sports Innovation organized a tour of seven local organizations founded recently in the Scenic City.
Founders / CEOs of local success stories such as Craig Fuller from Freightwaves, and Tim Piersant from Chattanooga Whiskey, shared their entrepreneurial journey with tour participants’ from the front doors of their own business locations.
Participants rode ChattaScooters between each stop on the tour.
“New entrepreneurs are always inspired by hearing success stories,” Patrick Molloy, who founded Adventure Sports Innovation with his wife Carolina in 2018, said. “What if we pivoted for Startup Week this year, and instead of speakers going to the audience, we have the audience go to the speakers? We decided to offer the startup community a way to ‘Explore Differently’ by leveraging our fleet of ChattaScooters for easy transportation in between locations.”
The tour started at Adventure Sports Innovation, and included startup companies and entrepreneurial organizations.
Companies on the tour included Moonlight Roller, where participants heard from its Founder Adrienne Cooper (who’s in Forbes 30 under 30 list); a visit to the Southside, where Hispanic serial entrepreneur Luis Contreras (The Local Juicery and Kitchen, Paletas and Squeaky Clean) treated them to a delicious sample of his juices, a stop at the Edney Innovation Center to hear from CO.LAB’s Director of Communication Chloé Morrison; Bill Chase CMO at Bellhops; and finished up with OddStory Brewery on MLK Boulevard where owner Bryan Boyd shared his journey.
ChattaScooter is an e-scooter rental service that Adventure Sports Innovation launched during the pandemic, and is only available in Chattanooga, TN.
The program allows riders 16 or over with a smartphone and credit (or debit) card to conveniently rent an electric scooter, making downtown navigation easy and quick.
There are drop-off / pick up locations at Adventure Sports Innovation in the North Shore, the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown and the Kinley Hotel in the Southside. ChattaScooters complies with City of Chattanooga regulations that banned dockless scooters such as those operated by Bird and Lime in Atlanta and Nashville.
“It was by far the most fun and immersive session I’ve joined where I hear CEOs giving their perspectives,” one of the tour participants Jim Frierson said. “I hope it will become a Startup Week annual event.”
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Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) has been bringing new innovations for outdoor fun to Chattanooga since 2018, with unique products like the Swincar E-Spider off-road vehicle; a full set of Personal Transportation Devices such electric unicycles, mini-electric bikes and HoverShoes from InMotion, Enzo e-bikes, E-Scooters, mini-Segways, Evolve e-longboards and hoverboards for fun around town, ChattaScooter (private on-demand scooter rentals), and the Lift E-foil, Kymera e-jet bodyboard, Manta e-SUP and the Schiller waterbike for great times on the water! While you’re at ASI, experience the latest in Virtual Reality to bring the great outdoors inside, the FingerCoaster design-it-yourself rollercoaster, Flymax: Extreme Hang gliding simulator, and Vertigo: Walk The Plank! There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!
ASI also offers group events – BIG adventures for your small group (5-20):
- Celebrate special occasions (birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, etc.)
- Group adventures (church groups, scout trips)
- Have fun with your co-workers and learn to work better together in one of our Team Building sessions
- Learn in our STEM academic field trips for home-schooled groups, summer camps or middle and high schools.
There is nowhere else where you can experience (and buy!) all of these exciting products in one place, with new equipment being introduced all the time. ASI helps make Chattanooga one of the most unique and fun places to live and to visit!