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January 5th, 2015

January 5th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Ambition: ‘Fan Duel’ for the Workplace
Sporting News
According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, an estimated 41.5 million people played some form of fantasy sports game in 2014, up from 35.9 million in 2013. With those kinds of numbers and shows such as “The League” gaining traction in popular culture, it is pretty clear that fantasy sports are here to stay. That desire and natural affinity for competition is what has led Ambition, a startup company founded by four University of Tennessee graduates, to take the idea of fantasy sports and apply it to the world of sales and marketing.

An $850K State Grant Wants to Turn Tech-Savvy Students Into Technology Workers
Nashville Public Radio
Technology companies in Middle Tennessee will be working more with high schools and community colleges this year, thanks to an $850,000 grant from the state. The goal is to get more students thinking about careers in information technology — that’s anything from coding computer programs to managing data centers or working at a telecomm company. According to the Nashville Technology Council, which received the funding, only about 600 students currently take IT classes at local community colleges. That’s nowhere near the demand for jobs in the field, it said in its budget proposal.

EC Hall of Fame: The Class of 2014
Nashville Post
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center has quickly established itself as a place for visionary businesspeople and companies — and for its hall of fame recognizing local entrepreneurs. Past inductees include John Ingram, Cordia Harrington and Ray Danner. The Post team joins the EC in honoring the work and legacies of these three men.

Startup ZeroG Launches App for Salon Industry
Knoxville News Sentinel
Imagine being able, from the convenience of your phone, to tour a salon before booking your appointment. What if you could consult directly with stylists by sending them your style questions before walking in the salon? Love your look? Upload a photo for others to see. Those are among the features of a new app geared toward the salon industry and developed by Knoxville startup ZeroG Software.

Successful Businesses Need New Year’s Resolutions, Too (by Charlie Brock)
The Tennessean
As we enter 2015, it is a good time to reflect back, both personally and professionally, on the lessons of 2014. To ensure that you maximize your opportunities for success in 2015, it is important to reflect on what worked for your business in 2014 while also considering changes that need to be implemented. As an entrepreneur now leading an organization that supports entrepreneurs across the state, I would like to highlight some resolutions that might be worthwhile for consideration for your business.

UT Research Foundation Announces Maturation Fund Recipients
University of Tennessee Research Foundation
Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder, insect-resistant crops, the ability to pinpoint radiation sources in real time, and improved treatment of age-related macular degeneration are among the recipients of this year’s maturation funding from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. Technologies invented at the University of Tennessee, like the majority of university discoveries, typically require additional development to attract commercial interest. UTRF awards grants each year through its annual maturation funding program to help researchers advance new technologies on the path to market.

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