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April 4th, 2014

April 4th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

USA Today: Computer coding club flourishes at Tenn. school
Jackson, Tenn. — What started as a club has evolved into a classroom that will be at its maximum when classes begin in the fall at Madison Academic High School here…Jackson businessmen Ben Ferguson and William Donnell helped spur the project with the idea of improving technology education in West Tennessee. Ferguson, the president of Personnel Placements, first learned of Treehouse software while attending the Southland conference in Nashville, and joined forces with Donnell of Sodium Halogen to form a partnership with the school system, business community and Treehouse that resulted in the CO:de Academy.

Memphis Business Journal: Two Memphis companies make list of 100 top tech innovators
Two Memphis companies, FedEx Corp. and First Horizon National Corp., are among the top 100 business technology innovators in the U.S. On its 2014 list, InformationWeek named FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) 14th and First Horizon as 21st. And ahead of both was Franklin-based health care solutions firm Healthways Inc., the only other Tennessee company to make the list, at No. 11.

Event: TechVenture Challenge Final Competition
The TechVenture Challenge is a unique opportunity that allows students to develop commercialization strategies for protected Vanderbilt technologies, and receive feedback on their plan from experienced professionals. We believe this event offers value to students, academic inventors, and community professionals. The TechVenture Challenge 2014 final competition will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00pm at the offices of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. RSVP today!

Nashville Business Journal: What one Nashville startup is doing to improve the internship experience
Entrepreneurs Ben McIntyre and Clark Buckner see a gap in the experiential education model: businesses want interns, and students want internships, but finding the perfect fit is often easier said than done. To fill that gap, the pair have founded Internpreneur, a company that works with businesses to develop effective internship programs and with students to find the best opportunities for education and career advancement.

National Innovation in the News

Bloomberg: What It’s Like to Build a Tech Startup in One of the Oldest Cities on Earth
Like most Israeli tech entrepreneurs, Lia Kislev lives in Tel Aviv. But her online styling company isn’t based in the country’s startup capital alongside the nation’s fledgling fashion industry. Instead, she and her co-founder commute every day to Jerusalem…The tech complex in the holy city was built by Erel Margalit, the founder of Jerusalem Venture Partners. JVP has taken 11 companies public on the Nasdaq, and 15 others have been acquired in the past two decades since the firm was founded. That track record is helping the venture capital firm attract startups from Tel Aviv and other cities to help nurture a Jerusalem tech scene.

Forbes: How To Simplify Your Startup Fundraising
Fundraising: Love it or hate it, unless you are independently wealthy, it’s key to the success of your new startup. When done right, it can lead to lucrative partnerships with angel investors and venture capitalists. Luckily, in my experience, the process of fundraising is always similar. The following steps were most crucial in raising each of my initial angel rounds.

Huffington Post: The Three E’s of the Technology Revolution: Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, and Education
If there is anything I’ve learned as both an educator and entrepreneur, it is that we are all globally connected, financially and psycho-socially; for better or for worse. Mobile technology, especially when used for social communications, i.e. social media, hits that point home on a regular basis. It provides an ocean of information, with many new opportunities for people to discover, when fishing in the waters of e-commerce, entrepreneurship, and education… Technology is changing the future of that work/life seesaw, one day at a time, one person at a time. It is also changing both the trajectory of people’s career choice and their educational regimen as a whole.


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