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December 10th, 2014

December 10th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS


4 Time Traps All Entrepreneurs Face and How to Avoid Them (by Charlie Brock)
Fast Company
Starting a business is a huge undertaking, and there are so many tasks that need attention. But while entrepreneurs are often passionate and willing to work long hours, as a founder it’s vital that you spend your time working “on the business” and not just “in the business. Here are four inefficient work practices you can alleviate or eliminate to get back to the important stuff.

Cirruspath Acquires Knoxville Startup OpenCore
Knoxville News Sentinel
Cirruspath, a software development company whose primary product integrates Salesforce with email and mobile devices, has acquired Knoxville data analytics startup OpenCore. The company, which has offices in Tennessee and California, had been targeting big data as an opportunity to grow its portfolio of applications under its Cirrus Insight product. OpenCore provided a solution, said Cirruspath co-founder Brandon Bruce, who heads up the East Tennessee office.

Largest CNG Refueling Station North of Atlanta to Open
Mach Fuels
Construction is underway for one of the largest Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling stations north of Atlanta on Highway 75.  The station is being built for Fuel-A-New, LLC in Ringgold, GA through a partnership with Chattanooga based company, Mach Fuels Inc. When used as a motor fuel Natural gas is a cheaper, cleaner, and all American alternative to dirty, imported oil.

Nashville’s ‘Project Music’ Attracts Nearly 100 Startup Applicants
Nashville Business Journal
Nearly 100 startups, including a few based outside of the U.S., have applied for Project Music, the first music tech accelerator launching next year at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Applications for the program, which has added tech-giant Google as a sponsor, closed Monday. Robbie Goldsmith, director of community engagement at the EC and the lead for Project Music, confirmed the EC has received “ninety-plus” applications for the six to eight slots, including the center’s first few international applicants.

TVBA, Law Firm Again Sponsoring INVEST Business Competition
Teknovation
Are you a military veteran and entrepreneur? If the answer is “yes,” you will want to consider an upcoming set of opportunities from the Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) and The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto. The two organizations are again teaming to sponsor INVEST, an annual event that culminates with a pitch competition during TVBA’s fifth annual “Business & Education Expo” January 26 and 27.

Post Acceleration Support in Greater Detail
Start Co.
While we focus a lot of Start Co. energy on ensuring that the founders refine their ideas into real businesses, once these businesses gain traction and/or funding post Demo Day, we continue to support the founders from product launch to product success to business success.  The period of time just after an accelerator program turns out to be the most important to the long-term success of a startup.

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