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December 17th, 2015

December 17th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

2016 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning
Volunteer Tennessee
The 2016 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning aims to increase service and volunteerism across Tennessee as a means of problem-solving throughout all stages of life. The conference will encourage service leaders and participants to collaborate to address needs in Tennessee while utilizing service and service-learning as a vehicle for education and change. Clickhere to see all of the different conference tracks!

$50K Launchpad Prize Will Help Justice XL Graduate Grow in 2016
AL.com
A $50,000 prize from Alabama Launchpad will allow one Huntsville entrepreneur and motorcycle enthusiast to accelerate his small business in 2016. Jeff Hammock, CEO and founder of MechOptix, took home a check last week during the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s Launchpad Competition Finale at Lincoln Mill. The annual statewide event awarded $190,000 total to four early-stage startups in Huntsville and Florence.

Hacker Party to Feature Black Ties, Dresses and Startups
Knoxville News Sentinel
Hackers, entrepreneurs, angel investors and those interested in sampling the local startup scene are invited to attend the first Black-Tie Hacker Holiday Party and CodeWorks Demo Day tonight at the Southern Railway Station. The event offers a chance to get dressed up, eat, drink and be merry, according to Jonathan Sexton, entrepreneur in residence. “It’s a graduation celebration, a holiday celebration and an informational event,” he said. The program includes five-minute presentations from six Knoxville startups representing the first graduating class from the CodeWorks program, which is a 12-week boot-camp targeted at software entrepreneurs who can write their own code.

HCA Invests in Franklin Tech Company, CMO Joins Board
Nashville Business Journal
Digital Reasoning, a Franklin-based cognitive computing company that got a huge boost last year thanks to a $24 million investment from two financial power players, will soon ramp up its health care business dramatically. That’s because Nashville-based hospital giant HCA Holdings Inc. is investing millions in the company and adding Dr. Jonathan Perlin, HCA’s chief medical officer and a leading voice in national health care conversations, to the tech company’s board. HCA is also licensing Synthesys, Digital Reasoning’s cognitive computing platform.

Tonight’s CodeWorks is SOLD OUT! (So We Released a Few More Tickets…)
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
WOW – you must’ve agreed with our Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss CodeWorks, because we sold out our tickets.  Thank you for your AMAZING support! Bummed you didn’t get tickets?  Bum no more – we released a few more here! For everyone attending, here’s a reminder of tonight’s plan…

Vanderbilt News
Trisha Fridrich, an MBA student at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, has been awarded a $25,000 Sohr Grant to support her startup, VRION Ticketing, a cloud-based ticketing technology designed for tour companies. VRION Ticketing will allow tour companies and similar businesses to sell activities and merchandise to their customers on the Internet, a mobile device, over the phone or from a box office. The startup differs from other ticketing companies because of its specific focus on tour operators with more than $1 million in annual revenue in the United States.

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