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January 14th, 2015

January 14th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

9 Startups Making a Mark in Nashville
Lockerdome
Nashville is world-renowned for churning out country superstars and songwriters, but Music City is also producing some world-class businesses, especially in the health care and financial tech industries. Here are some companies making huge waves in Tennessee and beyond.

Alex Lavidge Selected as Director of 2015 “GIGTANK”
Teknovation
Former Knoxvillian Alex Lavidge has a new gig in Chattanooga, no pun intended. The former Vice President of Business Development at Variable, Inc., the electrical design and software development firm behind the NODE+ sensor platform, joined CO. LAB as Director of its nationally-recognized “GIGTANK” accelerator. The appointment was effective January 1. “Alex is a great fit,” CO.LAB’s Mike Bradshaw told us. “He has an exciting background and has grown-up living entrepreneurship and technology.”

Chattanooga Looks to Downtown for Innovation District
Nooga.com
Chattanooga’s innovation district will encompass a 140-acre area downtown where existing businesses and startups will be within walking distance of one another, form new partnerships, and develop new products and services, officials announced Tuesday at the Development Resource Center. The district includes 12 existing companies and buildings. But it could soon become a target for future development and investment, according to Ken Hays, president of The Enterprise Center. The nonprofit organization has been planning the district for almost a year.

Innovation Gets Home of Its Own in Special Downtown Chattanooga District
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Economic promise spreads out like a bull’s-eye on the city’s grid of streets and buildings, over the start-ups and investors and the electric company that feeds superspeed Internet service to all of them. The Innovation District — its coming announced boldly last spring, its makings kept quiet untilTuesday — will span a circular 140 acres, anchored by the Edney Building in downtown Chattanooga.

Volkswagen R&D Center Ramping Up in Chattanooga, Officials Say
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Volkswagen’s planned new research, design and planning center for North America is starting to ramp up in Chattanooga, a top VW official said Monday. “It’s very important,” said Michael Horn, Volkswagen Group of America’s chief executive, about the National Research & Development and Planning Center that’s expected to add 200 engineering-type jobs in Chattanooga. The first few people will likely come from Germany, Canada or Mexico, and then the center will build its staff over time, he said at the North American International Auto Show.

With $8 Million in Hand, MyHealthDirect Sees Room to Grow in Digital Health World
Nashville Business Journal
Back in October, 9-year-old Nashville health IT startup MyHealthDirect landed an investment round of $8 million— the kind of figure that can turn some heads and certainly spur some growth. Since then, the firm has moved into new office space and is readying itself to meet continued demand for its service: online scheduling tools and other patient access offerings that help connect patients and physicians on behalf of hospitals, health systems and insurers.

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