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February 2nd, 2015

February 2nd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

LaunchTN Shares Lessons from TENN Learning Days
The Tennessean
How to get better? Learn from the best. Sounds simple, but many entrepreneurs and start-up companies don’t know how to connect with, and learn from, industry experts in order to improve their operations. At LaunchTN, we know how vital that information exchange can be, and that’s why we produce a series of Learning Days for the start-ups in The TENN program. These sessions are pretty simple. We bring in some of the best and brightest to talk about: execution, technology, finance, legal, marketing/public relations/sales, human capital and culture.

Healthbox Grad Atlas Health Technologies Eyes Seed Capital Round
Venture Nashville Connections
Atlas Health Technologies, a Nashville-based application-hosting and managed-infrastructure startup, may soon pursue a Seed-capital raise in the $500K-$1.5MM range. President and CEO Kris Kelso, 39, told VNC that he and Founder/CTO Phil Misiowiec now have about 25 customers and expect to make a broad public rollout of a new version of Atlas platform software in coming weeks.

In Nashville, Steel Guitars Mix with Silicon Start-Ups
Christian Science Monitor
On a bluff overlooking the Cumberland River sits a nondescript red-brick building that once housed the city’s trolleys. A faded square above the door hints of the building’s past, while on the left-hand corner, a small white flag advertises the arrival of the future – a start-up incubator where business-minded Millennials are growing a quiet revolution. Music City, once known for its country-tinged twang, is transforming into something of a Southern Silicon Valley, luring young people en masse. Nearly 30 percent of the city’s population is between the ages of 20 and 39, and more are arriving every day.

Part 1: A Closer Look at Licensing a UT Technology
Teknovation
This is the first in a four-part series focused on a recent license that the University of Tennessee Research Foundation executed with Meridian Bioscience, Inc.) The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) recently announced that it had executed a licensing agreement with Meridian Bioscience, Inc. for what UTRF described as an “innovative disease detection technology.” While a licensing agreement itself is not novel, one that could help expedite the detection of infectious diseases was intriguing, particularly at a time when the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was capturing so much of the daily news cycle.

SBA Launches Program for Nashville Companies
The Tennessean
The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a program in Nashville to support executives of small businesses in urban communities. The Emerging Leaders Initiative training program is designed to support company growth and promote economic development through job creation. Participants meet with mentors, work through a business curriculum and develop relationships with city leaders and other executives during the seven-month program offered at no cost.

 

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