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April 10th, 2015

April 10th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Baker Donelson Plans Third Startup Capital Conference
Southern/alpha
Baker Donelson is accepting applications to its 3rd annual event, Southeastern Emerging Companies Capital Connections. The regional event focuses on uniting successful entrepreneurs and capital investors from across the Southeast. Of the applicants, 15 will be selected by a committee of investors to participate. Those companies will be able to pitch their ideas to investors during a morning session, which also includes an educational segment from Baker Donelson’s attorneys.

Come on in, the Disruption’s Fine
Chattanooga Pulse
Gig Tank begins its fourth iteration at the end of May. This year, the annual startup accelerator centered on Chattanooga’s gigabit Internet is bringing much of the focus back to where it began three years ago: companies whose business models are built around the networking possible with the Gig. I spoke with Alex Lavidge, director of this year’s Gig Tank, and Mike Bradshaw, executive director of the Company Lab, which sponsors Gig Tank, about what’s different in Gig Tank number four.

Global Accelerator Network Selects Start Co. CEO Eric Mathews for Advisory Board
Memphis Business Journal
Eric Mathews, founder and CEO of Start Co., has been elected to the advisory board of The Global Accelerator Network. Mathews joins a group that includes seven leaders of accelerators from around the world, including Argentina, New Zealand, Egypt and Italy. In addition to Memphis, the U.S. cities represented include Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. The Global Accelerator Network is a network of more than 80 of the top investment accelerators on six continents, which has helped nearly 2,000 companies receive more than $1.4 billion in funding and create 10,000 jobs globally. Start Co.joined the network in late 2013.

Knoxville Music Tech Startups Form Marble City Music Co-op
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville’s growing number of music technology startups have joined together to organize a music cooperative. Marble City Music Co-op was created as a platform for its members to achieve greater success by sharing ideas and resources. “We all have one thing in common and that is we need access to artists,” said Jonathan Sexton, a musician and entrepreneur-in-residence at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. “Knoxville has a lot of them, but it’s not like Nashville where almost everyone is a performer. So we have to be creative as we look to find opportunities to reach our target market.”

Nashville Holds its First Startup Weekend
Tech Co.
This weekend, beginning tonight at 6:30, the startup community in Nashville will host its first-ever Startup Weekend, a non-profit community building event that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts for 54-hours of taking business ideas from concept to launch. Teaching and promoting entrepreneurship through the act of creation, this weekend-long event will take place April 10 – 12, 2015 at the Entrepreneur Center. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, participants have the opportunity to develop new relationships, match potential cofounders, validate ideas and experiment in a risk-free environment. It is an opportunity to simulate an entrepreneurial experience in an incredibly condensed period.

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