SURGE Competition 2017
SURGE Competition 2017

SURGE Chattanooga is an entrepreneurial pitch competition for high school students.  Teams pitch original business ideas for the chance of winning a cash prize and constructive feedback that will drive their ideas forward.  Judges are comprised of business leaders, venture capitalists, non-profit and community leaders.  


SURGE is open to all high school students grades 9-12.  To participate in SURGE please reach out to David Wilson at or 423.531.6270


Suggested Timeline:

August-September -  Form teams, brainstorm ideas, prototype business plans for a product or service.

October:  Prototype review session using faculty and/or local business community leaders.

November:  2nd Prototype review session and 1st practice pitch for SURGE

December 8, 2017:  SURGE Video due (3-5 minute pitch)

January 2018 - SURGE Chattanooga


2016 Winners

Noah Hamlen and Brady Burnsides

SNAP - A turn key solution for those looking for project based learning curriculum for maker spaces and fab labs. 

2017 Winners

Maxfield Hausler, Zach Faine, Noah Pierce, Jeremiah Holcomb

1st Place: Phobs - Phobs helps to eliminate clutter in your pockets and provide easy access to a vehicle by unlocking/locking the doors.  It is designed to adhere to the back of a smart phone case.  



This year, Bright Spark Invention Concept Awards, sponsored by Western Electric and Bridge Innovate, will be presented at SURGE Chattanooga. Students K-12 are eligible to participate in the Bright Spark Invention Challenge. Submit invention ideas from September to December 2017 for a chance to win the Bright Spark Concept Award and the $500 prize.

  • Submit invention ideas here -
  • Connect with Bright Spark on Facebook page. End of each month (September-December, 2017), two inventions with the most Facebook likes will become the finalists for the Invention Challenge -
  • Panel of Judges will select the winner to be announced at Surge Chattanooga

For more information, contact Mary Kim at