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December 8th, 2015

December 8th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Kayak Company Coming to Knoxville
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Lifetime Products expects to employ 125 workers when it opens a new kayak manufacturing plant in April 2017, a facility the company said also will serve as a distribution hub for East Coast and overseas customers, records show. The company plans to phase in 500 jobs over five years, among the new details released on the deal — dubbed “Project Holston” by officials — to bring the Utah-based company to Knox County.

Project Music Announces 7 Startups for 2016 Accelerator in Nashville
Billboard
Seven startups have been announced for the second year of Project Music, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center music tech accelerator backed by some of the music industry’s biggest companies and names. “The dramatic increase in both applicants and their geographic reach signifies a significant milestone for Project Music,” said Joe Galante, the Project Music co-founder who has become a mentor and investor since stepping down as chairman of Sony Music Nashville in 2013. He said Project Music saw a 55 percent increase in applications over the program’s first year. Read more about the startups here!

TechTown Celebrates National Computer Science Week at Coding Kickoff
Nooga.com
Almost 300 people came to TechTown Saturday for a free Hour of Code week sneak peek. While most were elementary-age students, there were a few adults who also came to learn the basics of computer coding through a popular online game, “Minecraft.” The event prefigured a week’s worth of coding classes, Hour of Code by Code.org, for local students in celebration of National Computer Science Week, said Cordell Carter II, TechTown CEO and executive director.

Ten Entrepreneurs Selected to Compete in ‘Will This Float?’ Pitch Competition
The Chattanoogan
Ten finalists have been selected to pitch their business ideas at The Company Lab’s annual ‘Will This Float?’ event. The presenters will compete for prizes before a panel of three judges and an audience of community members, who will cast votes to determine winners in three categories – Best Idea Overall, Best Music/Entertainment Idea and Best General Business Idea. The event will take place Thursday from 6-10 p.m. at Revelry Room. Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Clickhere to reserve a ticket!

TN’s Expanding Gig City Capacity Bodes Well for Entrepreneurs
Charlie Brock for The Tennessean
Being an entrepreneur in Tennessee isn’t just a good gig. It’s also about having a good gig — or plenty of them. They know that in Chattanooga, where the Gig Network provides one-gigabit-per-second service to all residents and businesses. Launch Tennessee’s local accelerator knows it, too, which is why CO.LAB’s GIGTANK accelerator continues to produce exciting new businesses with ultra-high bandwidth applications. And that’s going to explode soon, because EPB, Chattanooga’s publicly owned electric power system, has done nothing but innovate since setting up the Gig in 2010. EPB just announced access to speeds of 10GB, making Chattanooga the first 10-gigabit city in the world.

Local Motors
Ask any automotive enthusiast about Jay Leno and you’ll hear a resounding response that he loves to collect cars, understands the passion that goes into building them, and appreciates the authentic driving experience that unites us all. Jay Leno’s Garage featured Local Motors in their fifth episode. His show has grown from apopular web series to one that’s broadcast to approximately 600,000 viewers on CNBC. We’re proud that that we were able to share a closer look at our vehicle innovations with the automotive community. “You can’t talk about the future of automobiles without talking to Jay Rogers,” proclaimed Leno as he introduced our CEO and co-founder, Jay Rogers.

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