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April 23rd, 2015

April 23rd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Expanding Cast of Leaders Bringing Startup Insight to 36|86
Launch Tennessee
Uber, GE Ventures, Battery Ventures, Shyp, Ipreo, and more jumping in on Launch Tennessee’s celebration of southern culture & entrepreneurship June 8-10 in Nashville. Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces new speakers for 36|86, LaunchTN’s flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. Newly committed to participating, sharing their winning startup and VC strategies include Warby Parker CTO Lon Binder, Uber East Coast Regional GM Meghan Joyce, and Mark Rogowsky with Uber’s Communications team.

Goodlettsville Entrepreneur Bringing the Blue in Blue Jeans back to USA
WZTV Nashville
The next time you throw on a pair of your favorite jeans, Goodlettsville might come to mind. That’s because Sarah Bellos -founder of Stony Creek Colors, is transforming how denim gets its indigo hues. While “blue jeans” are an American favorite, it might surprise you to find out there are only two countries that manufacture the synthetic indigo dyes that give jeans their color: Germany and China. China alone is responsible for 70% of the manufacturing.

Lean Startups, Persistance, and Legacy with William Donnell
Sidepreneur Magazine
A musician, graphic artist, programmer, and lean startup advocate, William Donnell is building websites and future entrepreneurs in Jackson, West Tennessee. Recently, he took a break to discuss his life and career with Harvey Ramer.

Maria-Contreras-Sweet to Speak on Immigration and Entrepreneurship in Nashville Today
Southern/alpha
A member of President Obama’s cabinet and head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet, will be in Nashville today to speak about the New Americans Agenda. Sweet will visit local immigrant owned small businesses including La Hacienda Tortilleria and Mesa Komal.  Her presentation on the New Americans Agenda encourages immigrant and refugee integration into American communities and to foster entrepreneurship and small business growth.

Project Music Teams Prepare for Accelerator’s First Demo Day
Southern/alpha
If you were at the Entrepreneur Center this week, you may have felt the energy (and anxiety) as the CMA and EC’s partnership accelerator, Project Music, prepared teams for its first Demo Day, called “Startup Showcase.” According to Robbie Goldsmith, the first batch of eight teams are attracting over 300 high net worth individuals for tomorrow’s event. “There are over 515 RSVP’s total,” he said. Goldsmith is a member of the Project Music operations team along with Heather McBee and Zack Terry.

TN General Assembly Devises For-Profit Public Benefit Corp. Option
Venture Nashville Connections
Entrepreneurs who want to keep public benefits as part of their companies’ missions may soon be at less risk of shareholder complaints about creating a drag on profits. Shortly before Tennessee’s 109th General Assembly adjourned yesterday, the state Senate matched the House’s earlier unanimity in passing legislation that will, if signed as expected within a week or so by Gov. Bill Haslam, create a B-corp structure option for Tennessee businesses.

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