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February 20th, 2015

February 20th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

StartupBus to Head to Nashville Instead of Austin in 2015
StartupBus
After considering many locations, we discovered an opportunity in Music City USA. We’re excited to head to Nashville, TN June 4-8 for the 36/86 Conference in conjunction with LaunchTN. Nashville has welcomed StartupBus with open arms and cultivated a strong alumni network over the years. With recent news like Google Fiber coming to Nashville, you know there’s something brewing there. Nashville will play host in 2015 with the Grand Finals as part of the opening event of 36/86 – as well as new activities to be announced soon…

ComicBook.com Leads Comic Book Industry, Among Top Industry, Among Top Entertainment Sites According to to comScore Traffic Report
Yahoo Finance
ComicBook.com reached an all-time company high of 4.938 million unique visitors in January 2015, according to third-party Internet analytics company comScore, reaching 1.9% of the total United States digital population. ComicBook.com is currently the #1 most visited comic book and pop culture news site according to comScore, with triple the unique users of its nearest direct competitors Comic Book Resources (1.331 million unique users) and ComicVine.com (1.418 million unique users).

Evermind Adds Another $1.2 Million in Funding
Nashville Business Journal
Evermind, a Nashville-based startup that makes devices monitoring seniors living alone at home, has raised another $1.2 million, according to an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In November, the company reported a $2.58 million round. An update to the filing on Feb. 19 now has the total at $3.74 million for this offering. When the round was first reported, Dave Gilbert, Evermind’s CEO and co-founder, said in an email the capital would be used to fund operations and support the company’s sales and marketing strategy, which includes both direct website sales and partnerships with home medical equipment companies.

Gig Tank to Help Participants Leverage City’s GENI Access
Nooga.com
Chattanooga is now connected to a nationwide network that can be used for testing and deploying the next generation of the Internet, and this year’s Gig Tank accelerator will put an emphasis on leveraging this advanced infrastructure. “A much more capable version of the Internet has been in development for years; it started off as a connection among a bunch of research universities,” said Mike Bradshaw, executive director of CO.LAB, which hosts Gig Tank. “Chattanooga connected to what will become the backbone of the second-generation Internet. [We’re] the only metrowide area on that network.” Bradshaw is talking about a GENI, which stands for Global Environment for Network Innovations.

Jumpstart Launches Health:Further Conference
The Tennessean
Nashville business accelerator Jumpstart Foundry is transforming its “Investor Day” pitch event into a two-day health care innovation conference called Health:Further. Investor Day has traditionally served as the culmination of the 14-week summer program for startups. Founders of graduating companies showcase their business models to a large crowd that includes the city’s venture capital and angel investors in hopes of attracting funding and gaining awareness. The pitch session now will be one component of the larger Health:Further conference targeting established health care companies, start-ups and investors.

UBS Plots Williamson County Expansion Among Rapid Growth in Nashville
Nashville Business Journal
UBS has the wind behind its sails in Nashville. The financial giant continues to add employees for its downtown data center at a clip well ahead of schedule. When UBS first announced the $36.5 million investment downtown in August 2013, it initially planned to employ 1,000 people over five years. That’s a number UBS plans to smash through this year. Today, there are more than 800 employees at UBS’ North American services center in Nashville. The rapid head count expansion, which will eventually fill four floors in the UBS Tower, is just one piece of the firm’s push to be in Middle Tennessee in a significant way.

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