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August 19th, 2015

August 19th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Details Released for LifeScienceTennessee’s Annual Conference Next Month
Teknovation
Life Science Tennessee has announced details of its upcoming annual conference. The event is set for September 28, 29 and 30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Nashville. It begins with an opening reception starting at 5:30 p.m. CDT on September 28, includes a day filled with program sessions on September 29, and ends at lunch on September 30.

Jumpstart’s First Class: Where are They Now?
The Tennessean
The inaugural Jumpstart Foundry class graduated in 2010. It was a learning year for the founders and mentors, who have made several changes to the business accelerator since. Jumpstart boasts a 65 percent success rate — meaning a company is cash flow positive, sells or raises meaningful capital. Founder and CEO Vic Gatto says he hopes to bring the success rate to 100 percent.

Nashville’s Fashion Scene Gets Big National Exposure
Nashville Business Journal
Nashville’s fashion industry, a growing sector of the city’s creative economy, has received major praise lately from some of fashion’s media heavyweights based on the East and West Coasts. A handful of national, fashion- and shopping-focused media outlets have visited Nashville this summer to take-in and report on the city’s burgeoning industry. The press trip, organized by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. in conjunction with the Frist Center, shows how far the local fashion industry has come since the formation of a local trade group earlier this year. It’s also a reminder of where Butch Spyridon and his team at the Visitors Corp. see opportunity to expand Nashville’s brand — namely, around creative industries like fashion and food that pair well with “Music City.”

Partnership Forged by Necessity: Code for Nashville and Metro Make Case for Civic Hacking
SouthernAlpha
It was this July when an article by the Smart Cities Council pegged Nashville as one of the five smart cities in the world with smart ideas. The council’s main reason for choosing Nashville as a ‘smart city’ focused on IncluCivics, a web platform created with a partnership between Metro Human Relations Commission (MHRC) and “the nonprofit group Code for Nashville.” The application creates a data visualization of the workforce diversity in the Nashville government.

Tennessee Creates Task Force to Promote Rural Development
Knoxville News Sentinel
Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said in a news release the Rural Development Task Force is being created to help rural areas of the state reach the same economic success as urban areas. Goals include recruiting new businesses, increasing educational attainment, supporting rural entrepreneurship, promoting rural tourism and supporting agri-business. The task force will include members of the state Legislature along with leaders from many state agencies and other public and private parties.

World’s First 3D-Printed Car is a Blast to Drive
Innovation America
This spring Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne called out the auto industry for the staggering amount of money it wastes in the design and manufacture of cars. His solution is based on classic business principles: consolidate and eliminate redundancy. Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers perceives the same challenge, but he’s attacking it from a completely different direction. For Rogers, the problem stems not from business organization but from the fact that we still build cars the same way we did in 1915, on assembly lines with thousands of individual parts. It doesn’t have to be that way, and the proof is parked in his Knoxville, Tennessee, garage, charged up and ready for a drive.

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