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December 4th, 2014

December 4th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Franklin Father Turns ‘Animal Crackers’ for Kids Into Feature Film
The Tennessean
Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience. Back when Scott Christian Sava, 45, became a father of twins — Brendan and Logan — 11 years ago, the animator had no idea that fathering twin boys with his wife, Donna, would lead the family to Franklin, Tennessee, and a career as a filmmaker. “It gave me a voice,” said Sava, who created various comic book stories — “Ed’s Terrestrials,” “Pet Robots” and “Animal Crackers,” among them — to share with his sons.

Harvard Graduate Brings ‘Ambitious’ Skillset to Local Startup
Nooga.com
One of Rob deCarvalho’s co-workers said he may be the smartest guy in the city. His co-worker at local startup Ambition might be a little biased. But deCarvalho’s education and work ethic speak for themselves. He has a Ph.D. in atomic physics from Harvard. He got into MIT, Stanford University, the University of Colorado and the University of Arizona as well.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center Announces this Month’s “First Friday Fanfare” Program
Teknovation
The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s (KEC) “First Friday Fanfare” this month features David Denton, an architect and urban planner speaking about his last seven years exploring in virtual reality with an introduction to the Oculus Rift, and Dan Lipe, Senior Interaction Designer for Scripps Networks talking about the work behind the design – people, research, strategy, and purpose.

Mobile Oil Change Business Works to Raise Capital
Nooga.com
Entrepreneur James Chapman launched his mobile oil change business in September 2013, and he’s raising money now to grow his operation. “From the very beginning, I’ve struggled trying to figure out the best way to scale the model effectively in other cities,” Chapman said in a prepared statement. “My first year of running the businesses has allowed me to determine how to move forward. I’m so excited because I know I have so many people rooting for me.”

Utilize Health Lands $750,000 in Angel Funding
Nashville Business Jouranl
Utilize Health, a Nashville startup that aims to match patients with neurological disabilities with specialized therapies and rehab equipment, has raised $750,000. Combined with the company’s Jumpstart Foundry investment and its recent crowdfunding campaign, Utilize’s funding total is up to around $800,000, founder Jessica Harthcock said Tuesday.

Virtual Financial Planning Firm Wraps $1M Raise
Nashville Post
Online financial planning venture iQuantifi has completed a $1 million angel investment round it plans to put toward adding features and inking new partnerships. Franklin-based iQuantifi, which was launched as an offshoot of the investment management firm run by Tom and Karen White, early this year rolled out its second iteration that provides real-time planning advice to tech-savvy millennials.

 

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