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February 10th, 2015

February 10th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Gigaom, Forbes, Union Square Ventures, True Ventures, Rdio, and Bon Jovi Management Added to 36|86 Roster
Launch Tennessee Blog
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the addition of Om Malik (True Ventures, Gigaom), Geri Stengel (Forbes), Andy Weissman (Union Square Ventures), Marc Ruxin (Rdio), and Anthony Piedmonte (Bon Jovi Management) to the roster for 36|86, LaunchTN’s flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. 

Bellhops Expands to 13 New Cities; Will Hire Over 600 More Students
Yahoo Finance
Bellhops, a disruptive on-demand platform that provides a national, branded workforce of college students to help people move easily and more affordably, announced today that they are expanding to 13 new cities in 2015. Those cities are: Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Portland, Milwaukee, South Bend, Boston, DeKalb, Boise, Huntsville, Omaha, Wichita and Las Vegas. 

Lucy Beard Adds Her Thoughts on This Week’s “The TENN” Trip
Teknovation
East Tennessee has three start-ups participating in this year’s “The TENN.” We highlighted the thoughts of the two Knoxville-based companies about this week’s trip to California in a post yesterday. We follow-up today with the thoughts of Lucy Beard of Feetz who, ironically, relocated her company from San Diego to Chattanooga after last year’s “GIGTANK.”

Jumpstart Foundry’s Vic Gatto Named to The Upstart 100
Nashville Business Journal
Vic Gatto, founder of Nashville’s Jumpstart Foundry, has been named to Upstart Business Journal’s list of entrepreneurs and businesspeople making waves across the country. To craft “The Upstart 100,” Upstart — a sister publication of the Nashville Business Journal— solicited nominations from across the country, resulting in a pool of more than 600 names. Honorees were selected by Upstart’s leadership team.

Pilot Program Encourages Microenterprise
Tennessee ECD Blog
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is launching “LiftTN: Microenterprise,” a pilot program to expand microenterprise development across the state. The program—funded through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)—is aimed at helping businesses that have five or fewer employees expand. $400,000 in total grant money is being awarded over a two-year contract to five grantees. The TN Code Academy will use grant funds to expand the reach of its TN Code Academy for Youth, a program that conducts one-day workshops, camps and classes to further learning and increase interest in computer science and programming for students between the ages of 12-18. The grant will allow TN Code Academy to offer “Apps and Entrepreneurship”, teaching youth not only how to make an app, but how to monetize what they create. 

This Nashville Startup Wants to Fix Your Smile from Afar
Nashville Business Journal
Back in 2006, when Doug Hudson went to the orthodontist to get his teeth straightened, he found the $5,600 price tag for Invasalign “insultingly expensive,” but wrote the check anyway. A few years later, as his children began the orthodontia journey, Hudson, a serial entrepreneur, decided there had to be a better way. “With recent trends in telehealth and teledentistry, we thought we could borrow from those practices,” Hudson said.

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