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December 8th, 2014

December 8th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock Discusses Rebranded 36/86 Conference
The Tennessean
What’s in a name? When you’re trying to lure entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to your city, just about everything. So when LaunchTN decided to expand and reorganize our signature (and very successful) Southland conference heading into 2015, we decided that a name change was in order as well. Our event isn’t a typical conference filled with a bunch of boring presentations and cocktail parties that make it hard for attendees to get maximum value. 36/86 is an intimate gathering that showcases the doers, the makers and the innovators, and lets that talent draw new backers into its orbit.

A-Moz-ing: Local Group Creates Stir at International Internet Convention
Chattanooga Times Free Press
If people who attended the Mozilla Festival in London hadn’t heard of Chattanooga or Gig City prior to the event, they knew about both by the time it was over. In fact, the nine Chattanooga residents who traveled to MozFest, an international technology festival focusing on the Internet, represented the largest contingency from any city in the world, says Lindsey Frost Cleary, community catalyst (aka director) of the Mozilla Hive Chattanooga Learning Community.

Bellhops Startup Moving to Warehouse Row in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Growing Chattanooga startup company Bellhops is moving shop to Warehouse Row as the business strikes out into its own office space. The moving company, which now offers services in more than 120 markets in 42 states, is relocating from the Lamp Post Group incubator in the Lovemans building downtown to a 8,142 square-foot suite a few blocks away in Warehouse Row’s mixed-use site off Market Street.

Capital Access, Mentors Holding Back Life Science Entrepreneurs
Upper Cumberland Business Journal
Connecting to resources and the tapping out of incentives or capital growth programs are two issues hampering upstart “life science” businesses in Tennessee. A new report compiled by Life Science Tennessee and Baker Donelson law firm surveyed 90 Life Science Tennessee members, and outlined opportunities and obstacles for life science entrepreneurs in the state.

Nashville Among 6 Cities to Get a Women’s Business Center
The Tennessean
Women entrepreneurs will soon have an organization completely devoted to them. Nashville was chosen as one of six locations by the U.S. Small Business Administration to open a Women’s Business Center across the country in 2015. Appealing to the needs of women entrepreneurs during all stages of opening a business, the center will offer in-depth business consulting, classroom training, peer-to-peer learning and other programs.

XOEye Raises $1.5 Million
Nashville Business Journal
XOEye Technologies, a Nashville-based startup that’s building wearable technology products for industrial use, has raised $1.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Silicon Valley venture firm Crestlight and Nashville-based Selous Venture Society. The company is hoping to add another $500,000 in the next 90 days, according to a news release. Once closed, the round brings the company’s total financing since its 2010 founding to $5.2 million.

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