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February 6th, 2015

February 6th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Gig Tank Seeking Applicants, Goes Back to its Roots
Nooga.com
After shifting focus for the 2014 Gig Tank event, organizers are taking the annual startup accelerator back to its roots. Gig Tank started in 2012 with organizers asking participants to come up with ideas for next-generation Internet apps and businesses that could utilize the city’s high-speed fiber optic Internet. The first year, the program challenged innovators in entrepreneurship and academia to answer the question, “If you had the world’s fastest Internet, what would you do with it?”

It’s Open Season for Spring 2015 Accelerator Programs (feat. Zeroto510)
TechCrunch
Deadlines are looming for the over 400 accelerator programs revving up their spring and summer programs, so now’s the time to send in those applications. Budding entrepreneurs should be on the lookout for new programs from accelerators focused on transportation, robotics, eye care, and medical devices. Over 400 accelerator programs are listed in CrunchBase, and right now some of our favorites are revving up for their Spring and Summer batches. With deadlines quickly approaching, it’s time to send in those applications.

Nashville Music Startup Sorted Noise Finds Growth Path in TV, Film Licensing
Nashville Business Journal
A maxim I hear repeated from entrepreneurs across all industries is “do one thing, and do it really well.” For some, it’s a lesson a mentor intervened with early on, and for others, it’s a lesson learned the hard way, forcing them to take a step back and rewrite the business model. For Sorted Noise, a Nashville-based music startup, it was more the latter. Over the past few years, the company has phased out some operations and decided to focus on a single thing, a decision that has positioned the company to enter 2015 primed for growth.

How 30 Random People in Knoxville May Change Your Facebook News Feed
BackChannel
Every weekday beginning at around nine, 30 contracted white-collar laborers arrive at a generic office park in the outskirts of Knoxville, Tennessee. They are in their twenties and thirties, more or less evenly split in gender. They head to a three-story building that hosts the outposts of multiple companies and head to a space modeled on the open floor plan of the main Facebook offices in Menlo Park, California, with walls dotted with some of the same posters that hang at One Hacker Way.

Three UT Student Business Plan Competitions to be Held this Spring
Haslam College of Business
Many students have turned their ideas into profitable startup companies ranging from web design to cycling apparel, while enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since 2010, 60 student teams have been awarded more than $197,000 in funding to further their business idea through business plan competitions organized by the UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This spring, UT students with business aspirations can win cash and other prizes by competing in up to three Anderson Center-sponsored competitions—Vol Court, Undergraduate Business Plan Competition and Boyd Venture Challenge.

Save the Date! SBIR Road Tour
Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
This spring, the SBIR Road Tour will make a pit stop in Nashville! Innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and small technology firm leaders will have a chance to interact one-on-one with program managers from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Navy, the Missile Defense Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and more!

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