November 29th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Eight Entrepreneurs Selected To Compete In ‘Will This Float?’ Pitch Competition
The Chattanoogan
Eight finalists have been selected to pitch their business ideas at The Company Lab’s (CO.LAB) annual ‘Will This Float?’ competition. The presenters will compete for prizes before a panel of three judges and an audience of community members, who will cast votes to determine the winners.

LaunchTN Announces 2016-2017 University Venture Challenge Partners
LaunchTN
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the second annual Statewide University Venture Challenge (UVC). Following a submission process, LaunchTN has selected 20 entrepreneurial focused competitions that are being hosted across 13 Tennessee-based universities. The UVC launched in 2016 to create a more connected entrepreneurial community by engaging existing university programs and support up-and-coming entrepreneurial programs. LaunchTN will be offering up to $4,000 per competition in sponsorship funds to schools participating in the statewide challenge.

Opportunities in Energy
TAEBC
December 6, 2016– The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council invites you to its annual, year-end “Opportunities in Energy” event. You’re invited to witness the unveiling of a three-part video series giving you a glimpse at how Tennessee’s advanced energy businesses are continuing to grow and succeed.

Soulsville Student Builds an App to Boost Productivity 
High Ground News
A Soulsville Charter School senior has created an app that other students and young adults can use to find motivation and organization to face daily challenges. As a socially active high school student, Kylee Richard loves when her phone lights up with notifications. She loves them even more if a cheerful thought or quote is attached. She’s building an iOS application that she says is designed to help teens and young adults “find their identity, get motivated about life and develop self-regulation.”

Talent Management for Startups: Three Tips for Employee Performance Management
Startup Southerner
The past 10 years have not been kind to one of the business world’s most polarizing tools. We have all experienced poor performance management at some point in our professional lives. The reputation is arguably deserved. Just the sheer amount of required time and associated costs to some organizations that implement very robust performance management systems should give any leader pause. Deloitte, for example, recently revealed their previous performance review process took almost 2 million hours a year to complete!

Why This Group Is Building a New Tech Hub Off Nolensville Pike
Nashville Business Journal
Nashville’s technology community will soon have a new place to gather, exchange ideas and make use of some of the latest and greatest in technological advancements. That’s the vision, at least, for Tech Hill Commons, a soon-to-be-completed 9,500-square-foot hub housed in a building near Nolensville Pike.

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5 Reasons Tennessee is a Startup-Friendly State

Here at Launch Tennessee, we are honored to contribute to the energy around the entrepreneurial movement in the state, which has been growing exponentially each year. Given that Launch Tennessee just celebrated its fifth anniversary, I thought now would be a good time to talk about how far the state … read more

ARC’s POWER Grant

This week we were thrilled to learn that Launch Tennessee was selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). We have had a five year partnership with ARC and piloted many new entrepreneurial programs which have led to job creation, capital investment and workforce development in … read more