The holiday season is the best time to get out to local networking events to meet new people and see old friends. Get started by reviewing your inbox (and spam folders) for invites you might have missed. Follow this by checking Facebook (facebook.com/events) for invites and ideas. RSVP and get out there. Here are eight tips for making the most of holiday networking opportunities.
City Of Knoxville
Know exactly what the East Knoxville business community needs and how you can do your part in triggering a growth spurt? Are you an entrepreneur who could put a $10,000 prize to good use to make your business idea a reality? If so, submit your idea and join the Paradigm Challenge, a place-based, industry-specific ideation pitch competition that challenges entrepreneurs to solve business and economic growth challenges facing commercial corridors in East Knoxville – along Magnolia Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue or Cherry Street, for example – or in neighborhoods such as Burlington or Five Points.
Nashville Business Journal
IQuity, a specialty diagnostic technology startup, has taken up residence in a life sciences hub in the heart of Nashville, a key move for the young company’s evolution. “This is an acceleration of our business plan to become our own lab,” Julia Polk, a well-known figure in Nashville’s entrepreneurial community and IQuity’s chief financial and operating officer, said of the move. “With that comes a whole lot of control.”
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced that the nomination period is now open for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship. Each Fellow’s university will receive a grant of $35,000 over two years to support the research activities of the Fellow.
The Commercial Appeal
Twenty-five high-minded students from low-income families and schools were given a series of challenges a few months ago. Identify a problem. Come up with an idea to address the problem. Turn the idea into a business model. Then launch a business or nonprofit organization that helps to solve the problem. Each student got a laptop, weekly instruction from adult business mentors, $750 in startup funds, and about five months to get it done. The process came to an end Friday evening when the students “pitched” their startups to dozens of family, friends, mentors and others at Memphis Bioworks.
Three entrepreneurs walked away from Thursday night’s “Will This Float?” business pitch competition in Chattanooga with some additional resources to help them advance their ideas. Read more in this release from CO.LAB (will-this-float_winners-