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April 9th, 2015

April 9th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Artiphon Moves Forward with Its ‘Everything Instrument’ After Netting Historic Haul on Kickstarter
Nashville Scene
When we checked in with local firm Artiphon for our 2014 Innovations Issue (“Instrument of Action,” Aug. 7, 2014), its debut product — a digital instrument controller called Instrument 1, which can be played like a piano, a DJ rig, a guitar or even a violin, depending on how you configure it and what software you connect it to — was making big strides toward the market. Artiphon received a patent for Instrument 1’s core technology last summer, and participating in live pitch events for tech startups netted the company a new adviser, valuable buzz and some modest cash awards.

Chattanooga Becoming a Growing Place for Business
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Big and small business builders alike can take a stab at building a company in Chattanooga and find the support they need to do it. The hub, especially for tech-inclined entrepreneurs: The Company Lab. Co.Lab’s accelerator programs, particularly GigTank, most recently have launched Feetz, 3-D Ops and GridCure, to name a few. Go back more than a year, and Will This Float gave a push to Granola, SupplyHog, RootRated and Variable.

Chattanooga Ranks No. 1 for Social Well-Being
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Maybe this is the Chattanooga Way quantified. According to a Gallup-Healthways poll conducted over the course of last year, the Chattanooga metro area is No. 1 in the country for social well-being. That’s No. 1 among America’s 100 biggest metropolitan areas for people with support and love from friends and family, with encouragement to go bigger, do better and try new things.

Memphis is One of the Best Cities to Begin a Startup
Memphis The City Magazine
It’s hard to think of another economic activity that is cloaked in more mystique than startups — a gunslinger culture where someone puts everything on the line to pursue a dream. The successful ones achieve celebrity status and the unsuccessful ones live to fight another day. The perceived romance of startups is more often really bouts of stress and pressure punctuated by moments of elation and exhilaration. With Memphis’ rich history of entrepreneurs and startups, it’s no surprise they are held in reverence. The real surprise was that by the beginning of the twenty-first century, no serious ecosystem inspired or supported the births of new startups.

Rentique Wins “Spring Vol Court” Pitch Competition
Teknovation
Rentique, LLC, a start-up co-founded by Brandi King, won Tuesday night’s “Spring Vol Court” finale at the University of Tennessee (UT). The UT student’s business concept is to create what King described as a “Cinderella Moment” for women between the ages of 15 and 35 by renting quality clothing at reasonable prices for special occasions. One of her target markets is UT’s new Sorority Village and the women who need dresses, but might only wear them one time.

 

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