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August 21st, 2015

August 21st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Nashville Startup BillFixers will Haggle for Lower Cable Bill for You
The Tennessean
Technically, all it takes is a phone call to negotiate a lower cable bill. But we all know that phone call is not going to be easy. You could be left on hold for recording after recording only to be disconnected. Or you may have to explain your reasons for calling to at least three agents before making headway, while precious minutes waste away and your blood pressure ticks higher. There is now another way.

Support the UN Sustainable Goal for Entrepreneurs
Dell
We are asking thousands of entrepreneurs to put their signature where it counts – to join a global movement dedicated to building a world that fosters innovation and job creation for sustainable growth. We will deliver these signatures to political leaders in September to ensure every entrepreneur is ready for the future!

Tennessee Startup SeamTrak Trains Hitters to Identify Pitches
SportTechie
Once a professional baseball player, himself, however, Xan Barksdale, Founder of Tennessee-based startup SeamTrak, tells SportTechie his own admission that he was poor at recognizing off-speed pitches and would have benefitted from this kind of product. The end goal, therefore, for a SeamTrak user is to feel like they’re playing a video game, while actually training to become better hitters. Accordingly, there are three training modules available for SeamTrak users, which expounds on differing point of views pertinent to a batter seeing the next pitch.

USDA, TDA Announce Seed Funding to Ignite Agri-Tech Entrepreneurship
The Chattanoogan
USDA Rural Development and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced $220,000 in combined seed funding for a new initiative to help make Tennessee a hub of agri-tech innovation and entrepreneurship. The Department of Agriculture will facilitate the program, known as AgLaunch. Led by Memphis Bioworks Foundation, the program will also include participation from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. AgLaunch is an ambitious effort to attract 200 entrepreneurs and establish 100 successful and investable agricultural-sector companies in Tennessee by 2020.

VaynerMedia Founder to Speak at Startup Week Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Gary Vaynerchuk, the founder of VaynerMedia, and Andrew Hyde, the mastermind behind Startup Weekend, will both be on hand for the weeklong celebration of Chattanooga’s startup community in October. Vaynerchuk will kick-off the week on Monday, Oct. 12 with a lunchtime event. “I’m super pumped to be coming to Startup Week in Chattanooga because well let’s call it what it is: There were a drillion different places I could have opened our next office in, and I chose Chattanooga,” said Veynerchuk, who opened an office in Chattanooga this summer. Originally from Belarus, Vaynerchuk grew his family’s American wine business into a $60 million industry while he was fresh out of college. Today, he runs the popular digital agency, VaynerMedia.

Why Knoxville, TN is the Best Place to Start a Business
Inc.
The best cities to launch businesses are not San Francisco or New York, but Knoxville, Tennessee and Manchester, New Hampshire, according to a new survey. The report, from Thumbtack’s 2015 small-business friendliness survey, was based on responses from small local businesses and individuals who use Thumbtack’s online platform to market professional services to consumers. Users are largely sole proprietorships that aren’t necessarily scalable, such as self-employed plumbers and piano teachers.

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