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December 30th, 2015

December 30th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Bellhops Raises $13.5 Million, Makes Plans to Hire New Talent
Nooga.com
Chattanooga’s tech-based moving company Bellhops has raised $13.5 million in Series B investment, which they will use to bring in new talent to help guide the company, co-founder Stephen Vlahos said. Leaders are looking for experienced product managers, software engineers and a data scientist. Global venture capital firm Canaan Partners led the most recent investment, which will also help company leaders roll out additional moving products and improve overall service, including the Bellhops app.

Insight Genetics Could Galvanize Biotech, Likely Series A Ahead
Venture Nashville Connections
With breast cancer as its priority target, Insight Genetics Co-founder and CEO Eric Dahlhauser said his company could achieve a degree of success that would boost interest in Biotech startups in Nashville. The company develops molecular diagnostic tests of the sort that help physicians tailor cancer treatment to each individual patient’s needs, all part of the expanding domain of personalized and “precision medicine.” Dahlhauser, 53, has lived since age 9 in Nashville and environs, and considers himself a native. He told VNC that as both businessman and Nashvillian he is personally “damned determined” to make the company work, right here in Nashville. “I wouldn’t go anywhere else,” he said.

MindCare Solutions Ready to Grow with $12.8M Behind It
Nashville Business Journal
In a crystal-clear picture on a computer screen, a director of nursing at a long-term care facility in New Mexico chats with a psychiatrist hundreds of miles away and a nurse stationed at MindCare Solutions’ headquarters in Franklin, Tenn. The trio is demonstrating the young telehealth provider’s technology, which allows patients at nursing homes, hospitals, prisons and other similar facilities to connect with mental health professionals remotely, without having to travel for miles to sit down with them face to face.

Mother, Daughters Launch Creative Invitation Firm
The Chattanoogan
Soddy Daisy resident Sherry Price, owner and creator of 3ChicksCre-8 (named for herself and her two daughters who collaborate on creative projects), says family and friends have urged her to start her own business for quite some time. Having created numerous invitations for her own daughters’ birthday parties over the last 18 years, Ms. Price has plenty of experience creating invitations unlike anything one can buy in a store.

Nashville One of Seven Ecosystems Competing at “Collision 2016”
Teknovation
Nashville and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will be a competitor in the “Launch Pad PITCH Competition” that is part of “Collision 2016” set for April in New Orleans. Other competing cities and their comparable entrepreneurial organizations are Charleston and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, New Orleans and Idea Village, Pittsburgh and Thrill Mill, Raleigh-Durham and The Start-up Factory, and San Antonio and Geekdom.

Memphis Daily News
The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature. FIT, which is housed at the University of Memphis, recently announced funding for 11 research projects centered on robotics, autonomous vehicles and drone research. As FIT’s newly-established manager of innovation and research support, Cody Behles said the goal of the initiative is to uncover multi-sector commercial uses for the technology, dispelling the idea that drones and other unmanned vehicles are only used for military purposes or privacy invasion.

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