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April 3rd, 2015

April 3rd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Top Ten Startups Selected to Pitch in Arlington for 36|86’s Southern Series
Launch Tennessee & 36|86
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the selection of ten startups pitching at the 36|86 Southern Series Arlington event at Disruption Corp. on April 7th.

Top Ten Startups Selected to Pitch in Atlanta for 36|86’s Southern Series
Launch Tennessee & 36|86
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the selection of ten startups pitching at the 36|86 Southern Series Atlanta event April 16th at Atlanta Tech Village.

Chattanooga’s Zipflip Takes Grand Prize at Hackamotive 2015
Chattanoogan.com
Zipflip, a web-based peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling used cars, beat out 17 other teams to win both the grand prize and Consumers’ Choice awards at Edmunds.com’s 2015 Hackomotive event. Patterned after the tech industry’s problem-solving hackathons, Hackomotive is a competition where innovators and entrepreneurs in the car shopping industry re-imagine the future of car shopping.

Entrepreneurship in Northwest Tennessee: Successes and Challenges
St. Louis Federal Reserve
While the metropolitan LaunchTN accelerators have been adept at grabbing attention and headlines, several rural regions are making strides as well. One accelerator in particular— the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) in Martin, Tenn.—is positioned to take advantage of operating in a rural community while also weathering the challenges of such an endeavor.

New CEO Stuart McWhorter Lays Out His Vision for the Entrepreneur Center
Nashville Business Journal
As an investor, Stuart McWhorter has been working with entrepreneurs for about two decades. So when the opportunity arose to take the reins at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, he was happy to throw his name in the hat. “I felt like I really could get in there and take what [outgoing CEO Michael Burcham] had built with the staff and the board and … build upon that and take the Entrepreneur Center to another level,” said McWhorter, who will become the EC’s second president and CEO April 9.

Oak Ridge Startup Wins Charlotte Venture Challenge
Knoxville News Sentinel
Oak Ridge startup General Graphene has won the $20,000 grand prize at the Charlotte Venture Challenge held as part of the Southeast Venture Conference. Founded by serial entrepreneur Vig Sherrill, the company aims to produce a new carbon material called graphene using licensed technology from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Texas that reduces the cost to manufacture it.

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