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April 27th, 2015

April 27th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

6th Vanderbilt Team Selected for NSF I-Corps
Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
This spring, a 6th Vanderbilt team will participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps program. Team INCA (Isotopomer Network Compartmental Analysis), comprised of lead inventor Jamey Young, PhD, assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and entrepreneurial leads Lara Jazmin and Taylor Murphy, will join the Reston, Virginia cohort and spend six months learning how to translate academic research into a successful product or business. Team INCA will explore commercial possibility of Young’s software that enables Metabolic Flux Analysis (MFA). Metabolic flux analysis (MFA) allows for the determination of biochemical reaction rates inside of living cells, which are otherwise impossible to measure directly. 

Girl Geek Dinner #10 Sponsored by Launch TN
Girl Geek Dinner Nashville
Calling all Entreprenistas! Now is the perfect time to be a female entrepreneur. Hear the stories of Nashville women entreprenuers. Not sure whether to bootstrap or to pursue venture capital funding? How do you know you are making the best deal you can make? Join us for a panel discussion on what opportunities exist for women entrepreneurs, who are the players in the funding world and how leveraging customer acquisitions can help gain a better bargaining position.

Here are the Best Cities to Start Your Own Business (feat. Chattanooga & Memphis)
Fortune Magazine
WalletHub, a personal finance social network, released the study, which analyzed start-up opportunities in the 150 most-populated cities in the U.S. “We did so using 13 key metrics, such as the number of small businesses per capita, financing accessibility and the educational attainment of the local workforce,” WalletHub said.

Teknovation
Knoxville is one of the stops for a statewide workshop series for those interested in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer awards programs. The Knoxville session is Friday, May 8, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center, 600 Henley Street, Suite 212. It will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon EDT. To register, click here. For the complete list of workshops across the state, read the announcement (Launch Tennessee Presents SBIR).

Southern Series Shows Depth, Breadth of Regional Talent
The Tennessean
We’re just a few weeks out from 36|86, Launch Tennessee’s signature conference, and if our recently completed Southern Series is any indication, the sheer volume of talent headed to Music City will be unlike anything we’ve seen before. The Southern Series was imagined as a run-up of sorts to 36|86, a chance for the Launch Tennessee team to pair early-stage companies with investors and other supporters during events in Atlanta; Arlington, Va.; and Columbia, S.C. Ten startups were selected to pitch at each event, and they’ll also bring their mojo to 36|86 for a shot at the grand prize of $36,000 and other prizes.

UTC Seeks Vets for 4th Annual Entrepreneurship Summer Training
Chattanooga Times Free Press
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program has helped several dozen honorably discharged servicemen and servicewomen from across the country start businesses. Many of them are still going strong: Carter Wexler, a 2013 graduate, founded Big Frog Brewing Co. in Red Bank.

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