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December 22nd, 2014

December 22nd, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

A Year of Milestones: Looking Back at 2014 and LaunchTN’s Many Successes
Launch Tennessee Blog
As we come to the end of 2014, I feel that it’s important to take an audit of one’s accomplishments and successes achieved throughout the year. In doing this exercise, we at LaunchTN would have to say that 2014 has been a fantastic year. We continue to bring in talented entrepreneurs from around the state and beyond to our accelerator network, and then connect that talent with businesses and investors in Tennessee, the Southeast and across the country.

LunaWeb Still Ushering Startups to Viability
Memphis Business Journal
In the 20 years since it was founded, LunaWeb has seen the technology environment in Memphis evolve from where courses were taught on how to use a mouse to where email is in danger of being obsolete. But the company’s president Maurrean Barger sees great things coming for the local tech industry. Barger took over LunaWeb after the death earlier this year of her husband, Dave Barger, who founded the company.

Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization Follows Up Record Year with Strong 2014
Nashville Business Journal
In a promising sign of Music City’s growth, the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization has expanded 13.6 percent in 2014 as it continues multiple years of growing membership. Previously recognized as the fastest-growing EO chapter in the world in 2013, the Nashville EO announced this week the addition of 14 new members to its ranks, which represent a combined $32.65 million in annual sales and 303 full-time employees. The chapter now has 167 members, up 13.6 percent from the end of 2013.

Picking Up Where Burcham Has Left Off
Nashville Post
You’ll find little dissent to the idea that Michael Burcham was the right man at the right time for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Since taking the helm of the fledgling Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce entity in the spring of 2010, he led the expansion of its programs and, in June of 2013, relocated it from Broadway to the refurbished Trolley Barns on Peabody street. That has enabled the EC to become one of the main focal points of Nashville’s start-up scene, hosting classes and other events.

Treehouse Project Reaches Kickstarter Goal Ahead of Schedule
Teknovation.biz
The people behind Chattanooga’s innovative Treehouse Project report they have achieved their Kickstarter campaign goal ahead of the deadline, and they are giving credit to the city’s entrepreneurial community.

Why Build a Tinker Space?
Cumberland Business Incubator
Why is Roane State Community College building a Tinker Space inside the Cumberland Business Incubator? This article from The Kauffman Foundation by Jonathan Ortmans provides a few answers. Hint: A Tinker Space, like the one being developed inside the CBI, is a smaller version of a Makerspace.

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