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February 4th, 2015

February 4th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

100 Girls of Code is Expanding to Oregon, South Carolina, and Nashville
Southern/alpha
Over the past few months, 100 Girls of Code has been launching official expansion beyond the association’s founding headquarters at Tennessee Code Academy and the Upper Cumberland Entrepreneurial Foundation. In recent emails, Sammy Loudermilk has announced the expanding the “100 Girls of Code” chapter to Lake Oswego OR, Colombia SC, and Nashville TN. The free computer programming events benefit young females in multiple areas of the country.

Cathedral Leasing to Participate in Charlotte’s QC and FinTech and RevTech Labs Accelerator
Teknovation
Doug Speight, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oak Ridge-based Cathedral Leasing, was ecstatic yesterday when we caught-up with him shortly after the announcement that his start-up had been accepted into the QueenCity FinTech and RevTech Labs 12-week accelerator. The combined program is led by Dan Roselli, Founder and Owner of Packard Place that is billed as the city’s Innovation Hub. QC FinTech’s focus is on financial technologies, while RevTech Labs concentrates on revolutionary and disruptive technologies across a broader range of industries.

Investing in Entrepreneurship Key to City’s Success
Memphis Daily News
When approaching economic development in Memphis, it’s important to consider the impact that high-growth entrepreneurial companies have made locally and nationwide. In fact, the Kauffman Foundation found that most net new jobs in the last 30 years have come from high-growth entrepreneurial companies. Here in Memphis over the past four years, Start Co., BioWorks, and EmergeMemphis and other organizations have focused on bringing Memphis into the national startup conversation, conducted experiments on how to effectively build and nurture a startup culture here, along with allocating capital, pooling technical and business resources, and how to recruit and retain talent from around the country, and world.

The Hot Software Niche in Search of a New Name (feature on CHA Startup Ambition Sales)
Inc
When Brian Trautschold, one of four co-founders of Ambition, an 18-employee software startup based in Chattanooga, graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2009, he worked in “boiler room” sales situations for Hewlett-Packard and the logistics company US Xpress. “It was a day-to-day grind,” he recalls of the jobs. “What it taught me as a naive college kid coming out of school was that no one there was excited about the job itself. Everyone just wanted to pay off a mortgage or a car loan or a student loan.”

Vanderbilt Seniors Launch Peer-to-Peer Tutoring App Sesh
The Tennessean
Two Vanderbilt University students have launched an app called “Sesh” that makes peer-to-peer tutoring more efficient for students struggling with courses and those trying to pick up extra cash through teaching. Daniel Rossett and Sean Hoag, both seniors, have partnered with six other students at Stanford University to create the app, which allows students to quickly find, hire and pay for a tutor. With students putting thousands or tens of thousands into their college education each year, the app has the potential to help more students graduate through access to additional instruction and to another source of income.

Video: Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire
Greater Chattanooga
Because knowledge is most powerful when it’s shared, makers from the greater Chattanooga area convened for the first annual Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire in October. This short film explores the joy and empowerment of the maker movement and how our community benefits when makers unite and collaborate!

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