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August 18th, 2016

August 18th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Chattanooga Company Makes Inc. 500 List
Nooga.com
One Chattanooga company cracked into Inc. magazine’s top 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, while two others are included in the bigger list of 5,000. Southtree and its sister brand,Legacybox, came in at No. 353. Legacybox allows customers to use custom-made packaging material to mail old film reels, photos and home movies to Southtree. Southtree, which digitally preserves home movies, pictures and recordings, digitizes them and sends them back.

CO.LAB and Mozilla Seeking Applications for 48Hour Launch
The Chattanoogan

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) and Mozilla are partnering to host a weekend-long business competition focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT). The event, called 48Hour Launch, challenges teams of entrepreneurs and specialists to spend 48 hours transforming a startup concept into a viable business model or prototype. At the end of the weekend, which takes place Sept. 9-11, two participants will win free trips to MozFest in London this October, while two additional teams will receive cash prizes and packages of free business services to get their businesses off the ground.


Reporter’s Notebook: VU Music, Mind & Society Program May Feed Nashville Innovation
Venture Nashville Connections
The program for Music, Mind and Society at Vanderbilt University will on Sept. 12 convene its Annual Symposium, “Science of Song,” at the Blair School of Music. Tech innovators, Entrepreneurs and Corporate execs in Music, Theater and other Entertainment sectors might do well to monitor this new program at Vanderbilt, which is well networked within a global research and innovation ecosystem.

Time to Innov865: Knoxville, a City with History of Scalable Inventions
Startup Southerner
It’s hard to think about Knoxville without conjuring an image of the Sunsphere. While some may simply see this structure as a relic of the city’s past, the reason for its existence in the first place is very much tied to what Knoxville has been and is about:  innovation.  Built by a local architectural firm, the Sunsphere was the theme structure for the 1982 World’s Fair, an event that was like attending the CES of that time. 11 million visitors were in Knoxville to see the numerous new products and artifacts at various countries’ pavilion spaces, but none caught more attention than this one homegrown product: a touchscreen developed by Elographics. This invention still makes several sites’ lists as one of the most significant inventions ever debuted at the World’s Fair.

Startup Founded by Chattanooga Native Creates Online Community for Seniors
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A San Francisco-based startup that a Chattanooga native cofounded is nearing the final stage of a worldwide competition focused on making life better for older adults. Wiser won Aging2.0’s preliminary competition in New York in May. Now it’s one of 33 companies vying to take center stage at the Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE conference in October. The public has half the say on which companies will make it. Online voting lasts through Friday.

Student Accelerator Team Creates Waterproof Cast
High Ground News 
Justin Brooks, COO of Cast21, graduated alongside his CTO Jason Troutner in May 2016 from the University of Illinois. Shortly after the commencement ceremony ended, Brooks got in his car for a six-hour drive from Champaign, Illinois to Memphis — he had to go to work Monday morning. Brooks showed up at 8am to represent his team at Memphis Bioworks’ Zeroto510 medical device accelerator. “The accelerator started the week before finals week. One of us had to be there at all times. I was in Memphis a couple days, then went back to give a final presentation and take exams. We all rearranged our schedules so it would work,” Brooks said.

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