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December 21st, 2015

December 21st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

CBI Hosting “MBA Crash Course Accelerator” Starting in January
Teknovation
The Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI), operated by Roane State Community College, is holding a new type of accelerator. Holly Hanson, CBI Director, says the “MBA Crash Course Accelerator” will be a roughly 100-day program designed to better prepare individuals to successfully run a business. As the name implies, it is a crash course covering many of the topics that are covered over a longer period of time in a formal MBA curriculum.

DOE House and Adventuremobile
Outside Magazine
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory just showed us the future of off-the-grid living. Not only did they use an enormous 3-D printer to build a tiny home and burly little hybrid adventuremobile, they also figured out how to make each device power the other, wirelessly. On sunny days, solar panels charge the house’s battery, which in turn charges the battery on the hybrid car via a wireless charging pad underneath the vehicle.

Germantown Entrepreneur Center to Assist Startups
The Commercial Appeal
Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s entrepreneurship arm has opened a suburban office. EPIcenter Germantown has leased 900 square feet at Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a retail center on Poplar Avenue. EPIcenter announced the initiative Friday. The City of Germantown partnered with EPIcenter, which says “scheduled programming, networking events and office hours will provide access to local experts in venture capital, finance and accounting, marketing and sales, City of Germantown services and support, and connections to other EPIcenter programming and events around the region.”

Google Plans to Build Half-Billion Dollar Data Center in Middle TN
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google is planning to build a data center at a former TVA megasite in Middle Tennessee, according to people familiar with the development deal. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant is negotiating to buy the Hemlock Semiconductor property in Clarksville for the project, which would expand its footprint in the greater Nashville region. Google plans to invest more than $500 million in the data center and create about 70 full-time jobs.

TeacherPreneur Grant Winners Announced
Great Schools Partnership
Forty-five entries. Twelve winning ideas. Congratulations to this year’s TeacherPreneurs! These Knox County teachers embody the spirit of innovation and we’re eager to see their ideas come to life. Great Schools Partnership received an $85,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund this year’s TeacherPreneur grant program. TeacherPreneur is an a initiative of Great Schools Partnership and KCS Office of Innovation that invites Knox County teachers to be creative problem solvers by developing new instructional ideas to improve student learning.

Venture Nashville Connections
Vanderbilt University is likely within six weeks to announce the new executive director of its planned Innovation Center. The field of about 70 applicants has been narrowed to four candidates, all of whom now reside outside Tennessee, according to several sources. Related earlier story here. Though anchoring ideas for the Innovation Center’s mission and programming have been roughed-out, the Innovation Center’s first executive director is expected to heavily influence Version 1.0 of the Center’s programming and operations. Three working groups have been toiling months to assess needs and options under the headings of Education, Entrepreneurship and Community.

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