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February 25th, 2015

February 25th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

48Hour Launch Spins Off New Event Called 24Hour Generator
The Company Lab
We are pleased to announce the introduction of our first 48Hour Launch spinoff event – 24Hour Generator. This new, abbreviated experience is designed for enterprising high school girls from across the region. Held as part of GPS’s inaugural Mad, Bad & Dangerous event, 24Hour Generator will provide a platform for young women to combine their talents while working to solve real problems in business and the community.

4 Ways to Pick the Best City for Your Startup
Inc
Launch Tennessee is an innovative public-private partnership partially backed by the State of Tennessee that manages the state’s entrepreneurial endeavors, including its network of nine accelerators. “We purposely have accelerators throughout Tennessee that focus on industry niches,” says Courtney Corlew, communications director at Launch Tennessee. “Our network and accelerators help us connect early-stage companies to strategic capital and infrastructure not only in Tennessee but throughout the Southeast and across the country.”

Genera CEO Makes Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy List
Genera Energy
Kelly Tiller, Ph.D., president and CEO of Genera Energy Inc., a recognized leader in industrial scale biomass feedstock supply, was named one of Biofuels Digest’s Top 125 people in the Advanced Bioeconomy. The annual Biofuels Digest’s Top 125 rankings are nominated and voted by the publication’s readers and editorial board. Leaders named to the list represented 15 different countries and included dozens of top company CEOs, investors, scientists, association executives, and policy leaders, including three U.S. cabinet-level Secretaries named among the top 10.

HealthSmart Launches Partnerships with Healthcare Bluebook
PR Web
HealthSmart Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Healthcare Bluebook, a Nashville-based startup and the industry leader in healthcare price transparency solutions. The Healthcare Bluebook tool will allow all HealthSmart’s clients and their nearly 900,000 health plan members to make informed decisions based on price, quality and other critical factors when shopping for care. Using benchmarks within Healthcare Bluebook, members can quickly locate health providers that offer the right care at a Fair Price―resulting in real savings for self-funded Plan Sponsors and their employees.

Midtown Entrepreneurs Create “Ultimate Collaboration” with Auto Detailing Business
High Ground News
Growing up in Magnolia, Ark., Katie McWeeney was taught the value of a strong work ethic. At 14 she got her first job–the detail-oriented task of painting custom handbags for an online boutique. Meanwhile, in Decatur, Ala., Abe Powell also began working at age 14, when he obtained his first business license to detail cars out of his parents’ driveway. Across the street lived Powell‘s mentor, who owns one of the world’s largest wheel manufacturing companies. His mentor provided Powell the opportunity to work on a variety of automotives, including aircraft. That, plus helping his father change his oil and rebuilding his own car while in high school, all cemented a lifelong passion for the auto industry.

Trailblazing Women: Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and President of Eventbrite
Huffington Post
Julia Hartz hopes to inspire people to live more by building the world’s largest marketplace of live experiences. Since founding Eventbrite in 2006 with Kevin Hartz and Renaud Visage, the company has generated over $3 billion in gross ticket sales, with more than 200 million tickets processed to events and experiences around the globe. A key to this growth and success is the people of Eventbrite (fondly referred to as The Britelings), which has grown to over 500 employees in eight offices around the world.

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