In an exciting trio of events, WorkHound has been recognized as the 2019 Startup of the Year in Chattanooga, a second-time finalist for the Spirit of Innovation Award, as well as a first-time ranking on the FreightTech 100.
During the Annual Startup Week in Chattanooga, Workhound, a real-time feedback platform for front-line workers, won the top prize at the StartupWeek awards celebration.
“Our goal is to give workers a voice and to give companies an insight to understand their people’s issues and concerns so they can act on that feedback and improve their employee retention and business success,” said Max Farrell, WorkHound CEO, after winning the prize. “With the worker shortages in so many industries and with the importance of people’s input into the daily work process, feedback is more important than it has ever been. So we are in a prime position to help companies where they are hurting.”
WorkHound is on the trajectory to double its staff in the coming year. The company has grown 20-fold since coming to Chattanooga three years ago to participate in one of the first Dynamo Fund accelerator programs organized in Chattanooga by the Lamp Post Group. Chattanooga has experienced a resurgence of growth in the past 10 years thanks to the installation of “The Gig,” an innovative infrastructure of high-speed fiber internet.
“We realized that the smartest mid-sized cities are built around a thesis and in Chattanooga it was built around a strong supply-chain network,” Farrell said. “We were able to take advantage of those ties to transportation and logistics to grow our customer base here.”
Felicia Jackson, founder of CPR Wrap and last year’s winner of the Startup of the Year Award, presented the award to Farrell.
“They are rapidly hiring workers and are rising to be one of the top B2B (business to business) companies in Chattanooga,” she said.
During the 6th annual awards celebration Oct. 24 in Chattanooga, eight other winners also were recognized. Complete details can be found here.
WorkHound has also been recognized in the Freight.Tech100, a list including the most innovative and disruptive companies in the supply chain sector.
Nominations were sought and a panel, chosen by FreightWaves, narrowed the list of more than 500 nominations to 100 companies. Those 100 companies will now be judged by the external panel with voting conducted and overseen by accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM).
The Top 25 companies will be announced during Freightwaves Live in Chicago, Nov. 12-13, 2019.