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January 27th, 2015

January 27th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Angel Capital Group Invests in Fiveworx, Inc., a Leading Energy Big Data Analytics Company
PR Web
Angel Capital Group, has made an investment in Fiveworx, Inc., which has developed a remarkable marketing automation platform purpose-built for the energy sector. Fiveworx provides utilities and other energy companies unprecedented marketing power by leveraging its proprietary Fiveworx ESP™ segmentation system—as well as deeply researched and quantified behavioral psychology and big data analytics—to deliver highly personalized, meaningful and relevant messages to clients’ customers.

Enterprise Center Announces Digital Inclusion Effort
Nooga.com
The Enterprise Center has announced plans to bring Internet access to more Chattanooga residents. The nonprofit organization is launching a pilot program it hopes will help close the city’s digital divide in February. Tech Goes Home Chattanooga will be available at six community centers in Hamilton County. Adults and children will be taught how to find information and resources online. Upon completing the 15-hour course, participants will have the option of purchasing a new Chromebook computer for $50. The program will also help residents secure Internet service at their home, the announcement said.

Google Hosting Nashville News Conference Tuesday
Nashville Business Journal
Leaders from the city of Nashville and Google have announced plans for a press conferenceTuesday afternoon. No additional details were offered about the event in Monday’s media advisory (which described it as a chance to “hear more about what’s in store for the people of Nashville”), but recent reports out of North Carolina have hinted at a possible Google Fiber decision this week. Monday evening, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google would announce this week a rollout of its Fiber services to four additional cities, including Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham.

Lucy Beard of Feetz is on a Mission as it Relates to Customized Shoes
Teknovation
Lucy Beard is not a native of Chattanooga or, for that matter, the U.S., but she has found an unbelievably welcoming and supportive community since she committed to being a participant in last year’s “GIGTANK.” The President and Chief Executive Officer of Feetz is on a mission, and she’s not going to be deterred in meeting her goal. It is simply to change the face of manufacturing, by providing individuals the opportunity to use 3D printing technology to make a customized shoe designed for the individual’s feet at an attractive price point.

Roadshow Touts Tennessee Firms
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A master business-accelerator program headed by Launch Tennessee will visit Chattanooga today from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at Coyote Logistics in the 3rd floor of Warehouse Row in downtown Chattanooga. The event, which is open to the public, is part of the TENN Roadshow that features 10 startups that have graduated from one of the state’s nine regional accelerators. During the week, the budding businesses pitch their work to corporations, executives, investors and other members of the state’s startup community, during stops throughout Tennessee.

“The TENN” Visits PYA Analytics During Knoxville Stop
Teknovation
“The TENN” roadshow launched yesterday in Kingsport and ended the first day of its statewide tour with a public event at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC). Earlier in the afternoon, eight of the nine start-ups in this year’s cohort made a stop at Cherokee Mills, home of PYA Analytics, LLC (PYAA). During the visit, six of the eight entrepreneurs – two had other meetings – used the stop as an opportunity to have two 40-minute sessions with several of PYAA’s data scientists. Those discussions allowed “The TENN” participants to outline the ways in which they plan to incorporate analytics and get feedback from PYAA staff.

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