The 12 selected companies have collectively raised over $5.5MM. They include a previous 1776 DC Challenge Cup Winner (Babyscripts), a SXSW Accelerator 2015 Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Winner and Tech Crunch Disrupt SF 2014 Battlefield participant (Partpic), and graduates of Startup Health, Georgia Tech Flashpoint, GroundWork Labs, Charleston Digital Corridor, NYC Seedstart and MACH37 accelerator programs.
AgSmarts, a Precision Ag company based in Memphis, TN, makes soil moisture monitoring and other critical environmental data sensing more affordable and easier to use than ever before. AgSmarts’ irrigation optimization platform offers a powerful, flexible and cost-effective suite of hardware and software tools. Agricultural producers of any size and crop type use AgSmarts platform to increase yields, conserve water and minimize operational costs. AgSmarts has developed proprietary software and hardware with new features, including BLE capabilities, cloud analytics and mobile sensor configuration.
High Ground News
The field of technology and programming is often considered a white boys’ club. But the face of the field may be changing, thanks in part to organizations like Black Girls Code (BGC), who have made it their mission to introduce programming and technology to a new, diverse generation of coders. The organization offers young and pre-teen girls (ages 7 to 17) of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming, mobile app development, robotics and other STEM fields. The programs catch the girls at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, and BGC wants STEM options to be front of mind.
Nashville Business Journal
If Nashville and Tennessee startups want to replicate the recent annual flow of millions in venture capital funding in 2015, the first quarter of this year bodes well. There have been significant revisions to the MoneyTree Report’s past data, due to figures collected by Launch Tennessee that have not previously been calculated.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Nashville chapter is launching its second annual internship program in partnership with Vanderbilt University for student athletes. Last summer, 28 Vanderbilt football players landed work experience with EO Nashville companies including CJ Advertising, ProviderTrust, The Pasta Shoppe, MediCopy Services, Beacon Technologies, and Armor Concepts. Alan Young, CEO of Armor Concepts, board member of the EO Nashville chapter and former all-conference defensive lineman for Vanderbilt University, who also played professionally, helped create and lead the program.
Nashville Fashion Alliance (NFA) just launched a Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising $100,000 in 30 days. According to a release, the campaign’s goal is to support local and emerging designers by helping them launch new brands in the Nashville area. NFA plans to reward campaign backers by including them on a list of founders, and some will receive an invitation to a private music event at Imogene+Willie’s flagship store on 12th Ave S in Nashville, TN.
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