December 13th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

3D Printing: East Tennessee’s Next Manufacturing Boon
Curbed
One of the more fantastical aspects of 3D printing, besides the ability to see your digital sketch become a physical object in front of your eyes, is that it can be done almost anywhere. As long as you have a printer, a power hookup, and plenty of raw material, your office, desk, or garage can become a small factory. The technology’s promise of decentralizing production suggests that companies betting on the future of additive manufacturing can spring up anywhere with creativity, capital, and drive.


44 Top Gifts for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur
You can’t give the entrepreneur in your life the gift of time this holiday. But there are at least 44 gifts out there that can make life easier for him or her. As Christmas and Hanukkah draw closer, consider picking up one of these items for that ambitious, driven entrepreneur on your list.


Apply To The GirlBoss Foundation
GirlBoss
The #GIRLBOSS® Foundation awards one grant biannually to female entrepreneurs pursuing creative endeavors. Each grant beneficiary will receive project funding of $15,000, in addition to exposure through the #GIRLBOSS® digital channels. Apply by December 31, 2016.

A Guide to Prepare Your Series A Fundraising 
Techstars
The following is based on a sort of “internal guide” that I frequently share with portfolio companies I am involved with. It is a collection of various sources of information and best practices that should help the founders to prepare for their Series A fundraising. 

How Knoxville’s Reviewbox Bootstrapped a Profitable SaaS Startup in 8 Months
Startup Southerner
Reviewbox, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based SaaS startup, launched in March 2016 but is already making a profit for founder James Horey. How he did it may be more of a reflection about his life spent making decisions by listening.

JumpCrew Secures 3.3M For Social Media Marketing Platform For Local Businesses
Adotas
JumpCrew, has secured $3.3 million in seed funding to make social marketing campaigns available, actionable and affordable to local marketers. With this funding round, JumpCrew who initially penetrated the B2B market by delivering lead gen and sales outsourcing solutions, unveils JumpSocial, a social marketing product for local businesses. 

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ARC’s POWER Grant

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