GIGTANK connects entrepreneurs with the tools, capital and contacts needed to go to market. Now preparing for its third iteration, GIGTANK is the world's only startup accelerator connected to a living, metro-wide fiber optic network. Entrepreneurs who participate in the program enjoy access to Chattanooga's 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service while launching businesses that could thrive on advanced broadband platforms. Throughout the GIGTANK experience, startup teams enjoy support from a robust network of mentors, industry specialists and guest speakers as they accelerate their next-generation business ideas. The summer-long program culminates in a nationally-promoted Demo Day, where participants present their progress to a strategic audience of investors, partners and media.
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About Chattanooga, "The Gig City"
Chattanooga already lives in the future. It is the only city in America that has a fully automated Smart Grid, which provides 1-gigabit-per-second broadband fiber to the home. Over the next decade, more cities will be “lighting up” their own infrastructures – and Chattanooga will be serving as a model, partner and technology provider to these newly connected cities. Chattanooga also happens to be a great place to live and recently was voted Outside Magazine's "Best Town Ever."