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August 31st, 2015

August 31st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
6 Pieces of Advice for Women in Business from Six Nashville Women Business Owners
SouthernAlpha
The Nashville chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners recently hosted their 2nd annual Celebrating Women of Music City Awards.  The organization, now in its 40th year, recognized six women for contribution to business and the community in the middle Tennessee region. All six award winners shared with Southern/alpha their words of wisdom to other women in who are starting out in their own business ventures.  But their insights should be useful for anyone in any walk of life.

Brister Street Music Fest Creator Forms Music Business Startup
Memphis Business Journal
The entrepreneur behind Brister Street Music Festival has created a local music business technology startup. EPKPage, founded by CEO Jack Simon, enables bands, musicians and entertainers to create an electronic press kit in order to better communicate with venues. “This is a tool that artists can use to get booked at venues, festivals, and higher paying gigs,” Simon said. “EPKpage allows you to create an electronic press kit within five minutes or less on your computer, tablet or smartphone.”

EPICenter Launches Logistics Innovation Booster
The Commercial Appeal
A logistics innovation accelerator is off and running, marshaling Memphis talent and know-how to flesh out the bright ideas of budding entrepreneurs. The inaugural EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator kicked off Aug. 17 with four fledgling businesses seeking to hone products and business plans and hopefully attract investment capital. The ideas include a smart mailbox, a climate-controlled shipping container for biologicals, an online marketplace to ship oversized, used consumer items and a web-based freight forwarding tool for small and medium businesses.

Rentique Holds Grand Opening for Its Dress Rental Business
Teknovation
Brandi King, winner of the “Spring Vol Court Speaker Series” at the University of Tennessee, and her partner officially launched Rentique, the truck-based, dress rental start-up, yesterday with a grand opening at The Casual Pint in Hardin Valley. The idea is to rent quality clothing at reasonable prices for special occasions to a target audience – women between 15 and 35 years old.

Swipe Right: Nashville Entrepreneur Sees Opportunity in Online Dating
Nashville Business Journal
Whatever your opinion of online dating (options include: “It’s great,” “It’s destroying America,” and “Ugh, millennials and their phones”), you can’t deny the Internet’s emergence as a top spot to find potential romantic partners. And it’s a place Stuart Brent sees opportunity. Brent, one of the entrepreneurs behind this spring’s Startup Weekend Nashville and new program Beyond Beta, is building Ignite Your Match, a service which aims to improve customers’ online dating profiles through critiques and rewrite services. Earlier this year Brent ran an initial round of testing with about 60 users and, after working out some bugs on the site, is expecting a September launch.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Leading Trade Mission to Israel
The Tennessean
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is headed on a trade mission to Israel on Saturday. The Republican governor will be joined by five state economic development officials and 18 representatives from research institutions and the private sector in Tennessee. State Department of Economic and Community Development spokesman Clint Brewer said the trip is aimed at fostering relationships between entrepreneurs and researchers in Tennessee and Israel. A major focus will be on the biomedical and high tech fields.

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