Nashville Business Journal
Ryan Macy had a vision for a workflow technology harnessing the power of wearable technology – specifically, Google Glass – that would improve health care. There were just a few obstacles. First, when it comes to Google Glass and similar wearables, “the platform is not at a place yet to be something you can build on top of,” Macy said. And once the startup decided to focus on the post-acute care market, it became clear wearables were too advanced a tool to introduce. In skilled-nursing facilities and similar settings, Macy said, “they barely have computers.”
Beyond The Bank
West Tennessee entrepreneurs have a valuable resource thanks to a group of friends who are passionate about what they do. Small business owners Ben Ferguson, Ben Harris, William Donnell, Barrett Gay and Drew Ermenc decided in July 2014 to create a co-working space for area entrepreneurs. Board members for the state-funded West Tennessee Entrepreneur Center in Jackson told the group they were in need of leadership due to the retirement of the organization’s executive director. The friends agreed to help the board with a program that’s coordinated by the Launch Tennessee statewide entrepreneur program.
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
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Memphis Daily News
Umer Adnan, founder and CEO of Cowlar, came to Memphis from Pakistan to continue to grow his startup, which is a wearable device in the form of a collar for dairy cows. This aids farmers by providing health and wellness data and recommendations to improve the overall health of cows, thereby increasing milk yields.
Dozens of faculty members were honored Friday during the University of Tennessee Research Foundation’s (UTRF) “Innovation Awards” luncheon. The event, held at The Foundry on the Fair Site, included recognition of one prolific UT researcher who was cited three times and the naming of two winners for the inaugural “UTRF Innovation Driver” award. A total of 29 researchers received plaques in recognition of patents that have been issued in the past year, and 12 different researchers were honored for the successful licensing of their inventions to commercial entities. Several other awards were also presented.