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December 18th, 2015

December 18th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Asurion Tech Chief: Nashville’s Tech Brand ‘Still a Work in Progress’
Nashville Business Journal
“It City” only gets you so far. Nashville’s status as one of the hottest places in the country may woo millennials in search of a cool place to live with lots to do, but there’s still work to be done to convince technology workers from other areas that Music City offers what they crave in a tech community. That’s according to Barry Vandevier, chief information officer for Nashville-based Asurion, one of the city’s largest private employers and one frequently in search of more tech workers.

CodeWorks Demo Day Targeted Entrepreneurs
Knoxville News Sentinel
The best and brightest lights on the Knoxville software stage were shining at the first CodeWorks Demo Day and Black-Tie Hacker Holiday Party at the Southern Railway Station Thursday night. For the founder of the six software startups that just completed the 12-week CodeWorks boot camp sponsored by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, the event was a holiday party, a graduation ceremony and a chance to pitch their ideas to potential investors.

EC Launching Alumni Programming Series
Nashville Post
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is preparing to launch a series of regular events aimed at graduates of its accelerator programs. Starting in the middle of January, the EC team will begin hosting at least three events — plans call for more to be added later — to reconnect with and help guide some of the entrepreneurs who have helped build some of the 275 companies that have completed EC programs since 2010.

From Hospitals to Startups, 2015 a Big Year for Memphis Health Community
The Daily News
From groundbreaking research to big-dollar grants and awards, startup launches and breakthrough innovations, Memphis’ health care, life sciences and biotech community took some significant leaps forward in 2015. The growth was evident at all levels of the ecosystem, from the biggest hospitals down to the clinical and even startup sector, where a quartet of such ventures represented the latest ZeroTo510 cohort earlier this year.

New Year’s Resolution: Stop Dreaming, Start Pitching
Start Co.
Join us at the Benjamin L Hooks Library to brush up on your elevator pitch, enter a pitch competition, get feedback on your business idea, and learn about the Start Co. accelerators for B2B, women-led, social impact, and music technology startups. Pitch competitions include 1 Minute Elevator Pitch Competition (winner gets $500 Starbucks gift card) and 3 Minute Veteran Pitch Competition (top 2 get a round trip ticket on American Airlines). Check out the January 13th schedule and sign up to pitch here!

Vanderbilt News
PhyMed Healthcare Group, the private equity-backed anesthesia, critical care and pain management services consolidator, is finalizing its 2016 M&A plan and welcomes sell-side approaches, said SVP Michael Weaver. The Midtown Nashville-based company is likely to do at least “four to six” and possibly significantly more physicians practice group acquisitions in 2016, said Weaver. “We’re going to be very bold, but — underscored — prudent,” Weaver emphasized, adding that notwithstanding ample opportunities for exits, management is genuinely determined “to grow a Nashville-born and bred legacy company,” but not by participating in what he called “a land grab.”

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