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August 10th, 2015

August 10th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Chattanooga’s Skuid Experiences Booming Growth
Nooga.com
Chattanooga company Skuid is growing 300 percent year over year, and the team isn’t stopping there. In May 2013, the business employed 12 people. It now has 32, the majority of which are in Chattanooga, although there are also some employees in San Francisco. Skuid—formerly called Skuidify—now has more than 400 customers in about 20 countries and 5 million subscriptions, co-founder and CEO Ken McElrath said. Skuid has customers in an array of industries, from banks to health care companies.

“DRIVE!” Partners Hold Roundtable with Top U.S. DoT  Official
Teknovation
“DRIVE!” is a University of Tennessee-led consortium focused on growing the automotive manufacturing and supply chain sector in a four-state region. As a part of the effort, the group hosted a roundtable discussion last week in Nashville with U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez.

EdTech in Higher Ed: Q&A with John Sloop, Vanderbilt’s New Associate Provost for Digital Learning
Southern Alpha
Earlier this month, Vanderbilt named communications professor and interim Arts & Sciences dean John Sloop as the university’s first associate provost for digital learning, charged with development and implementation of school-based educational technology initiatives and with oversight of VU’s Massive Open Online Course program. Southern/alpha asked Sloop about his new brief and where the future of ed tech will go at Vandy.

NEXT Awards Application Deadline
Teknovation
The annual NEXT Awards were developed by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to spotlight the companies and individuals whose drive and entrepreneurial spirit are making a significant impact on our region’s economy.  Nashville’s most impactful business leaders in the city’s most influential business sectors are recognized in the fields of digital media & entertainment, health care, products & services, social enterprise & sustainability and technology. Along with these category awards, individual awards are given for Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Legacy Entrepreneur of the Year.

MediaWorks Preview #8: baracksdubs
Teknovation
The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is hosting its second annual “MediaWorks Demo Day” on August 11 at the Square Room on Market Square. Ahead of that event, we are profiling the nine companies in the start-up accelerator. Spare Time Entertainment with its baracksdubs product is one of nine companies participating in this year’s “MediaWorks” start-up accelerator program. We posed a set of questions to each of the entrepreneurs. Here are Fadi Saleh’s responses.

Memphis Receives Prize to Lower Barriers for Entrepreneurs
High Ground News
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Memphis a $50,000 Start Small Model prize in its Startup in a Day Competition. The SBA Startup in a Day initiative aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start a business by reducing the amount of time it takes to register and apply for permits and licenses. The competition awards prizes to support the development, implementation, and improvement of online tools that will let entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process in their area, including how to register and apply for all required local licenses and permits, in one day or less. Winners were announced at the White House Demo Day.

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