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February 19th, 2015

February 19th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

An Accident, Paralysis, Then an Idea: How this Entrepreneur Created the OpenTable of Health Care
BizWomen
Jessica Harthcock knew it was bad when her body went numb. She was stunned and couldn’t speak. But she’d heard the crunch. “I knew I just broke my neck,” Jessica said. Jessica was a varsity springboard diver. Cross-training was encouraged, so Jessica also practiced gymnastics. And on the night of the accident, she over-rotated on a front double-tuck with a layout twist — and fractured her spine. From the X-rays, it almost looked like the spinal cord had been pushed off to the side, she said. The prognosis was grim.

Check Please: New Startup Simplifies Restaurant Payment
High Ground News
The pair, co-founders of Memphis start-up Well Done Systems, brings two different skill sets to the company. Watts has a background in software development and coding while Edwards comes from the restaurant – and more specifically the restaurant payment – world. “I’ve got the business side and he has the nerd side,” Edwards said with a laugh. Well Done has created a restaurant point-of-sale system and currently is in the beta testing phase of its tablet-based concept. Whaley’s Pizza in Collierville and Belle in Downtown Memphis are the two sites currently using Well Done software.

Icy Visit Doesn’t Cool EPIcenter President’s Feelings for Memphis
Memphis Business Journal
During her latest visit to Memphis, the newly appointed president of the Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center got an icy reminder of her current home in Detroit. Leslie Lynn Smith, who was recently named as EPIcenter’s first president, was stuck in Memphis an extra day thanks to Sundaynight’s ice storm. But Smith, who has served as president and CEO of TechTown Detroit for the last five years, sees more in common between the two cities than bad weather. To her, Memphis is in a similar situation as Detroit was when she started that job, as far as a willingness of the private sector in working with the entrepreneurial community.

Mozilla Announces Additional $17,000 in Gigabit Funding; Two Teams Heading to US Ignite App Summit
Hive Chattanooga
Mozilla’s Hive Chattanooga is excited to announce awarding an additional $17,000 in supplemental funding to projects originally supported during the first two rounds of the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund. Adagio, the Creative Discover Museum and Spartan Systems Inc. partnership, devLearn, Hixson High School, the Public Library’s GigLab and Viditor will receive varying amounts of funding to help sustain and expand their work into 2015. Two of these project teams, Adagio and Viditor, have also been invited to demo at the US Ignite App Summit this March, a yearly showcase following the GENI Engineering Conference in Arlington, VA. Three Chattanooga innovators – Jonathan Susman, Andrew McPherson and Stuart French – will have the ears and eyes of the country’s leading gigabit pioneers.

Shows Highlight Chattanooga Business Startups
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A new show highlighting Chattanooga’s startups follows one that launched late last year through another public media outlet, reinforcing a local desire to broadcast the city’s entrepreneurial bent. The local affiliate of PBS last week aired the first episode of The Leap, featuring Variable Inc., the high-tech Gig-City startup that’s earned nods nationally and made its name with the “Node.” The Leap is part of a broader show dubbed “Greater Chattanooga,” which WTCI also got going recently to share tales of the Scenic City online through film vignettes.

Speight Enters QC FinTech Accelerator with Lending Tree as Model
Teknovation
Local entrepreneur Doug Speight begins a new journey at the beginning of next month, joining the QC FinTech accelerator in Charlotte. It’s a three-month program. Ahead of that experience, we caught-up with Speight for an update on Cathedral Innovation Group, LLC and Cathedral Leasing. This is not Doug Speight’s first rodeo, so he clearly is not afraid of the proverbial pivot that frequently occurs with start-ups. The Knoxville entrepreneur is now focused on an online model for Cathedral Leasing, a subsidiary of Cathedral Innovation Group, LLC, the company he founded last year. Its initial focus was on the growing market for additive manufacturing and 3D printers and now Speight has even loftier goals.

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