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April 20th, 2015

April 20th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

As Project Music Demo Day Nears, New Entrepreneur Center CEO Envisions More Corporate Accelerators
Nashville Business Journal
In his first week on the job, new Nashville Entrepreneur Center CEO Stuart McWhorter has taken stock of a variety of the center’s offerings: he’s sat in on mentor training, entrepreneur orientation and a handful of practice pitches from the center’s newest accelerator, Project Music. With demo day for the program, whose lead sponsor is the Country Music Association, less than week away, McWhorter was high on the companies he’s seen.

Jack Studer for the Lamp Post Group in Chattanooga
OSTraining
This week we’re talking with Jack Studer, one of the leading figures behind the Lamp Post Group, a venture incubator in Chattanooga.

Meet the Nashville Company Trying to Innovate in an Unusual Space
Nashville Business Journal
John Jenkins wants to bring high-tech tools to a low-tech world. He’s the CEO of Discovery Sound Technology, a Nashville company that offers audio diagnostics and cloud analytics for … HVAC systems. That’s a sector typically lagging behind in innovation, according to Jenkins, and one ripe for change. “It looks like a good market for our technology to grow up,” Jenkins said.

New Fashion Alliance Hopes to Raise $100K in 30 Days
The Tennessean
The newly formed nonprofit Nashville Fashion Alliance is moving full steam ahead with its effort to cultivate Music City’s emerging fashion industry. The group, which is two years in the making, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter Thursday to raise $100,000 by May 16.

Start Co. Uses Startup Insights to Fuel Community Benefits
Memphis Daily News
A few weeks ago, representatives of Start Co., the Memphis-based venture development organization that guides startups through a few fast-paced business accelerators, spent a day at the library.

Woods Brings Focus on Startups to Archer-Malmo Digital Arm
Memphis Daily News
Archer-malmo might seem the epitome of an old school ad firm that is steeped in history, especially given the two prominent Memphis names that comprise the firm’s title. For evidence of how firmly the Memphis-based advertising agency has its feet planted in all things tech and in the world of startups and web-connected professionals, consider the work of Patrick Woods. He’s the director of a-m ventures, the firm’s division that focuses on investing money and creative capital into digital startups, work that involves spending time around the country as well as in Memphis looking out for hot companies with big potential.

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