2016 Rocket Hatch Planning Retreat

Our startup ecosystem keeps evolving and we must do too in order to continue our impact and mission. This retreat opens our planning process to the community, key volunteers, and staff to chart a path for future growth and sustainability for Rocket Hatch.


With the retreat behind us, we can now start tallying the ideas and posting some of the information and resources we shared.


Courtesy Rich Ortiz / XploreHSV

Startup Ecosystem

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Full diagram can be found following this link

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Alex Lavidge
Rocket Hatch 101
Jim Philips
Rocket Hatch - Year 3+
Antonio Montoya
Rocket Hatch Programs 
David Nuttall
Karen Wynne
Mary Ramsey
Alan Derrick
Eric Grigorian
Antonio Montoya

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker will be Alex Lavidge, Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at The Company Lab (CO.LAB), a Chattanooga-based organization that helps entrepreneurs identify the strategic resources and relationships they need to scale.

Previously Lavidge was the Director of GIGTANK 2015, a nationally-recognized accelerator program also based out of Chattanooga. A serial entrepreneur and investor he was also VP Business Development at Variable, a global leader in color referencing technology (using NODE+ sensors) for smart devices based in Chattanooga. Fast Company magazine in 2011 also once called his efforts in building stronger entrepreneurial communities in East Tennessee as one of the top 50 "brilliant urbanites helping to build the cities of America's future."


Time Topic Speaker
8:30am Registration
9:00am Meeting Structure & Logistics Matt Jones, Facilitator
9:10am Welcome Remarks Jim Philips, Board of Advisors
9:20am Rocket Hatch Vision Antonio Montoya, CEO Rocket Hatch
9:30am Workshop #1 Gene Banks, Face2Face Improv
9:45am Rocket Hatch Programs Update
  • David Nuttall - Sip & Hatch
  • Karen Wynn - CO.STARTERS
  • Mary Ramsey - 24Hour Generator
  • Alan Derrick - BrainTrust
  • Eric Grigorian - Will This Fly? Investor Day
  • Antonio Montoya - Slingshot
10:45am Break
11:00am Workshop #2 Gene Banks, Face2Face Improv
11:15am Community Updates Select Guests
noon Lunch
12:30am Keynote Keynote: Alex Lavidge, CO.LAB
1:00pm Break
1:15pm Workshop #3 Gene Banks, Face2Face Improv
1:45pm Breakout Sessions Matt Jones, Facilitator
2:45pm Breakout Summaries 5 minute presentations by each team spokesperson
3:45pm Final Remarks Antonio Montoya & Jim Philips
4:00pm Adjourn



Matt Jones

Design Lab 

Gene Banks

Gene Banks

Face2Face Improv


Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge
1155 Lodge Dr Guntersville, AL 35976, USA



This retreat is possible thanks to our generous sponsors, please get to know them and thank them at the retreat.