December 21st, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Chattanooga-Based Cloud Software Company Launches New Product, Adds More Than 60 Employees
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Skuid, the Chattanooga-based cloud software company, has launched a new product and added more than 60 employees this year. Skuid Brooklyn launched at the cusp of the holiday season. It lets customers join disparate data sources from almost any enterprise software platform to create applications without having to write any code. Skuid now includes Amazon Web Services as a preferred cloud infrastructure provider, adding to its longstanding partnership with Salesforce.

Mom Turns a Near Tragedy Into a Life Saving Invention  
Black Enterprise
A near tragedy gave birth to a great business idea: The CPR LifeWrap. Felicia Jackson was driving with her husband and then two-year-old son, when her son suddenly stopped breathing and turned blue. He was choking to death on a piece of candy.

Pipeline Angels Is a Network of New and Seasoned Women Investors 
Pipeline Angels
Memphis! Pipeline Angels has opened a call for applications for its spring 2017 signature programs. Bootcamp is for new investors who want to learn about angel investing through education, mentoring, and practice. The Pitch Summit allows women and non-binary femme entrepreneurs to present their for-profit social ventures for a chance to secure funding.

Startup Introduces Alternative to Traditional Scrubs
Nooga.com
Members of the health care industry who wear traditional scrubs now have another option, thanks to new Chattanooga startup Aegle Gear. The co-founders are longtime friends and colleagues George Brown and Uli Becker, who is the former CEO of Reebok. They met 25 years ago while working for sports apparel giant Adidas.

The Problem With Startup Tech’s ‘Funding Silos’ 
Inc.
Startups are a lot like living children and they need continuous nurturing from a constant and consistent group of supporters to be successful. The more I invest, one of the great problems I see is that startups and their founders are constantly having to deal with changing influencers on the company’s direction as they grow. Each new evolutionary tier often brings an entirely new slate of supporters, priorities, and direction.

Training Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs
LaunchTN
Launch Tennessee’s Specialist Program has been a shot in the arm for the state’s entrepreneurial community. Since 2014, 81 people have participated in the 13-week summer program that pairs university students with Entrepreneur Centers, specialized cohort programs and individual teams so they can dig in and learn how startups work. Some participants will have the opportunity to head into the state’s more remote area, thanks to Launch Tennessee’s new Creative Communities Initiative, which provides programming and support to organizations in rural and underserved areas.

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