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December 12th, 2014

December 12th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

“CBI” Tinker Space Coming to Crossville in 2015
Cumberland Business Incubator
Tinker Space. It is a community workspace designed to allow those who tinker, program, invent, build, code, problem solve, and so much more, have the space and equipment needed to dream big and then turn those dreams into reality. Soon we’ll have one here in Crossville. An open, well-lit space ready to welcome Upper Cumberland tinkers in 2015! The vision for the space is that of a co-working space/tinker space/artists’ studio where woodworkers can build, sculptors can sculpt, inventors can invent, programmers can code, quilters can quilt, and so much more. Located on the Roane State Community College campus in Crossville, the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) will be the home of the Tinker Space.

Chattanooga Named Next Possible Silicon Valley
Nooga.com
Chattanooga is on a list of cities that should be the next Silicon Valley. Financial services company Citi, in partnership with The Huffington Post, created the list, which includes seven other cities, such as Detroit and Washington, D.C. “When a place is nicknamed ‘Gig City’ for supposedly being the first city in the Western Hemisphere to offer one-gig-per-second Internet to its residents and businesses, it makes sense that Chattanooga would be a comfy landing spot for Southern-seeking tech startups,” according to The Huffington Post.

Genera Receives Growth Investment from WindSail Capital Group
Genera Energy
Leading biomass supply company, Genera Energy Inc., has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability. WindSail Capital’s investment will provide Genera with the resources to continue its global expansion by helping scale its energy crop production and supply chain operations, further expand the portfolio of biomass feedstocks and geographies it covers, and expand the working capital of the company as a whole.

Medalogix Appoints COO
Nashville Post
Predictive analytics company Medalogix has promoted Elliott Wood to chief operating officer. Wood, who joined the Nashville company in mid-2013, was formerly the senior vice president of product management. Previously, he was a senior director at AirStrip Technologies and was a product manager at local workforce development company HealthStream. In his new role, Wood will maintain his product management responsibilities for Medalogix in addition to overseeing client experience, operations and professional services.

Spontivity Aims to Connect People with Shared Passions
Knoxville News Sentinel
It all started one day when Jordan Ellison wanted to play a round of golf. It was the middle of a workweek and the avid golfer couldn’t find anyone to go with him. “It blew our minds. He spent years building this network, and when he wanted to play, he didn’t have anyone,” said Ellison’s co-worker, Tyler Brewer. “It turned out that it was a problem everyone in the office had experienced before. We all started putting our own examples out there.”

Tech Council Nabs Workforce Development Grants
Nashville Post
The Nashville Technology Council has been awarded an $850,000 state grant to team up with Nashville State Community College on post-secondary degree and certificate programs in the area. The Labor Education Alignment Program money will help the Tech Council team deliver more skilled IT professionals to the market.

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