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December 15th, 2015

December 15th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

5 Reasons YOU Need to Come to CodeWorks Demo Day
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Be the first to see Knoxville’s 6 newest startups AND celebrate our awesome startup community in style, all in one night.  There are a few free tickets left, so all you have to do is sign up and show up. We’ll do the rest. And if that hasn’t convinced you, here are 5 other reasons that will…

Anchors Hair Company Makes Waves with All-Natural, Artisan Pomade
The Knoxville Mercury
From a tidy workshop tucked inside his North Knoxville rancher, Ben Miller is fomenting a pomade revolution. Yes, pomade is a thing again. Although a few generations of men once opted instead for the “dry look”—and then later used mousses, gels, and maybe even sprays—proper, old-fashioned pomade is back with a vengeance. It’s a trend that exists beyond the waning charge of the “metrosexual” male, or even the receding reach of Mad Men. Instead, it is a full-on revival spurred by a youthful preoccupation with manly pursuits that never quite went out of style but are experiencing a new-urbanist popularity: café racers, tattoos, hot rods, rockabilly, and, um, facial hair. Lots of facial hair. But also pompadours.

Chattanooga Students Learn JavaScript for National Computer Science Week
Nooga.com
TechTown and Battle Academy partnered to celebrate National Computer Science Week by introducing at least 400 students to the basics of computer programming and coding over several days. Elementary students used popular game tutorials from Hour of Code to learn JavaScript, said Katie Hetrick, Battle Academy instructional facilitator and technology coordinator. “We’re using a ‘Star Wars’ tutorial and ‘Minecraft’ one,” Hetrick said.

Nelson Joins Bioworks Foundation as VP-Agriculture Innovation
Venture Tennessee Connections
Peter Nelson, co-founder and CEO of Ag Innovation Development Group (AgIDG), recently joined Memphis Bioworks Foundation as VP for Agriculture Innovation. Nelson’s AgIDG, a venture-development organization, will become a for-profit subsidiary of Memphis Bioworks, early in the New Year, according to the foundation’s announcement, yesterday. Memphis Bioworks Executive Director Steve Bares said Nelson’s appointment reflects a strategic leadership milestone for the foundation.

Noted Massachusetts Textile Company Moving to Cleveland, TN
Knoxville News Sentinel
The Massachusetts developer and manufacturer of a special fleece fabric used in popular outdoors and military winter clothing said Friday that it would close its original factory in Lawrence, Mass., and move about 200 jobs to Cleveland, Tenn. Polartec LLC, formerly known as Malden Mills, purchased the Cleveland-based United Knitting L.P. in late September, and said shortly thereafter that it would be moving some production and equipment there.

Nashville Business Journal
Nashville International Airport has landed one of the city’s most sought-after routes: a nonstop flight to San Francisco. Airport officials made the announcement Friday morning, joined by Mayor Megan Barry and other officials. The flight, offered by United Airlines, is set to begin May 5. As with last year’s, today’s announcement is an especially big win for Nashville’s tech industry, which has long desired the flight to make Nashville more attractive to Silicon Valley’s tech investors. During Tuesday’sannouncement, Mayor Megan Barry and Airport Authority Chairman Juli Mosley both acknowledged how high a priority this flight has been for the business community.

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