The Brickyard lets entrepreneurs work and work out.
Like any other venture capital fund, Brickyard writes big checks to help entrepreneurs in Chattanooga launch their businesses. But Brickyard is also a club where members can share ideas, work at a desk or work out in the gym.
“Fighters go to training camp to get serious. Brickyard is built for serious founders. We’re a venture fund first and private club second — equity financing like any VC, but with a physical club only for portfolio teams. It is a place to insulate, focus and push to the max in a 100-year-old, high-design workspace with gym, steam, sauna, cold plunge, showers, 10-gig fiber and all the call boxes you’ll ever need. We have no formal programming or demo day. Those who make up Brickyard have all chosen to come here and put in thousand-hour weeks until product/market fit or death,” Brickyard says in its promotional material.
Five founders have already committed to the shared space in downtown Chattanooga, including Bellhops co-founders Cam Doody and Matt Patterson.
Bellhops was launched as a way to offer Auburn University students a hassle-free way to move into their dorm rooms. The Chattanooga-based company has attracted tens of millions of dollars from investors and expanded into dozens of locations.
The founders’ experience launching Bellhops gives them insight into the experiences of other entrepreneurs.
A statement on Bellhops’ website says it best.
“As founders ourselves, we’ve raised plenty of capital, built big companies and gleaned hard-knock lessons that we’ll never forgive ourselves for. When looking back, we refer to our companies’ first few years as the golden days because that’s when our teams felt most alive. Living in this phase, though, it feels like every day is.”
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