December 8th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Advanced Energy Talks Heat Up
Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee business leaders want the state to get a bigger piece of the $1.3 billion “advanced energy” market. To that end the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council held its third annual Opportunities in Energy discussion Tuesday afternoon, and announced a mentorship program for energy startups.

Co-Living and Co-Working Trend Comes to Chattanooga
The Wall Street Journal
Smaller cities hoping to attract startup companies are finding that hip co-working space isn’t always enough—some young professionals also want co-living spaces. Lamp Post Properties, the real-estate unit of venture-capital firm Lamp Post Group, invested $8 million to renovate a 120-year-old, four-story historic building in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., into apartments and is offering flexible leases to people willing to share working space.

Launch Tennessee Expands Resources in Marketing, Capital Formation
LaunchTN
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the hires of Jennifer Allen Kay as Director of Marketing/Partnership Development and Susan Parham as Finance and Accounting Manager. In addition, Jami Creel and George Curran, who served as interns in LaunchTN’s Specialist program, have  joined the company in full-time roles, as Coordinators of Entrepreneurship and Capital Formation, respectively.

Long-time Entrepreneur Center Exec Leaving
Nashville Business Journal
Sam Lingo, a core member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leadership team since its inception, is leaving the organization. Lingo’s last day will be Dec. 31, according to a news release. He currently serves as the center’s president and chief operating officer, having added the former title around this time last year. Lingo also shepherded the center as interim CEO following the unexpected departure of Stuart McWhorter this spring, and his name had been floated by several members of the entrepreneurial community as a potential candidate to take on the top job.

Tech Trends 2017
Frog Design
Breakthrough technologies will continue to create new value and transform experiences for businesses and consumers alike. With 2017 on the horizon, we look ahead to 15 technology trends that will unlock opportunities for growth and enable organizations to provide more meaningful experiences to their customers, employees, and society.

What’s The Big Idea
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Ever dreamed of being on Shark Tank? Have that great idea that your mom loves, but you haven’t told anyone else? Know you’ve got the next big thing? If so…What’s the Big Idea is for you! What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch is a weekend-long business start-up summit designed to inspire entrepreneurial action. The competition will bring together bright minds to participate in an intensive period of prototyping, community building, planning, incubation, and launching.

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Atlanta-Based Tech and Startup Publication Hypepotamus Expands to Tennessee

Written by Muriel Vega, Associate Editor at Hypepotamus   Hypepotamus, the leading startup- and technology-focused news publication in the Southeast, started as a community resource. Born in the basement of a historic building in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, next to top university Georgia Tech, Hypepotamus was created to fill … read more

Why Nashville, Why Now

Written by Heath Butler, Managing Partner of Gestalt Growth Advisors   Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. You put your financial future on the line for a venture that – let’s be honest – is more likely to fail than succeed. Overnight, you become the new kid … read more