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January 12th, 2015

January 12th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Emerge Financial Wellness Mulls Series B Raise in 2015
Venture Nashville Connections
Mario Avila, CEO of Emerge Financial Wellness and its Contigo Financial subsidiary, says new partnerships this quarter may spur further growth and help trigger a Series B capital raise, later this year. Based in Nashville since Contingo’s inception in 2011, Avila, 32, founded the company to address the financial needs of disadvantaged borrowers, by partnering with employers to offer their employees reasonably priced loans, thereby allowing workers to avoid incurring debt with predatory lenders.

Failing on Kickstarter Didn’t Kill This Nashville Startup
Nashville Business Journal
Back in September, Nashville-based Internet of Things startup Haven earned national notice for the launch of its Kickstarter campaign, including write-ups in TechCrunch, Forbes, VentureBeat and Gigaom (along with, of course, the Nashville Business Journal). Despite that notice and spots on Kickstarter’s staff picks and featured technology lists, Haven didn’t reach its $150,000 goal, getting $124,000 in pledges that it will now never receive. But co-founder Clay Banks isn’t discouraged by the news.

Finding New EC CEO Could ‘Take Several Months’
Nashville Post
Although Michael Burcham announced his plans to step down as CEO of the Entrepreneur Center Dec. 17, the search for his successor is still in the very beginning stages. The nonprofit EC has a mission to “help turn ideas into reality” and focuses primarily on the health care, technology, digital media and social enterprise sectors.

Institute Will Make Stronger Manufacturing Materials in Knoxville
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The University of Tennessee will lead a new manufacturing institute dedicated to developing lighter weight and stronger materials for new manufacturing products. President Barack Obama announced the institute Friday as the newest among what will eventually be 45 regional hubs being established across the country to promote 21st century manufacturing in America.

Nissan, NASA Team Up on Autonomous Vehicle Systems Effort
Nashville Post
Officials with both Nissan and NASA today announced a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. Nissan will undertake the effort through its Franklin-based Nissan North America Inc.

Why High Survey Completion Rates Matter (Part 1)
Survature Blog (2013 TENN Team)
When we designed Survature’s survey interface, we envisioned building a highly engaging survey experience. What we found blew our minds. In the online survey research industry, a completion rate is defined as the percentage of people who start and complete an online survey. For example, if 100 people started the survey and 50 completed the survey, it would have a 50% completion rate. Completion rates depend on a number of factors, like the length of survey, incentives for completing the survey, quality of the questions, intimacy of the community, etc.

 

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