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January 6th, 2015

January 6th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Eventbrite Co-Founder Julia Hartz to Keynote Inaugural  36/86 Conference Presented by Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee Blog
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today keynote speaker, entertainment partner, media moderators and early bird tickets for 36/86, successor to Southland and flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. A limited supply of discounted, early bird tickets for 36/86 are now available for purchase at www.thirtysixeightysix.com. The event takes place June 8-10, 2015 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.

Brentwood-based naviHealth Celebrating Growth
The Tennessean
Brentwood-based naviHealth started celebrating its third birthday a few weeks early. The company signed its first direct contract with a healthcare provider — Golden Living, a family of companies out of Plano, Texas, that provides recovery across 295 facilities in 21 states. This is a new frontier for us, the first of what we believe will be many direct contracts with providers,” said Clay Richards, CEO of naviHealth.

Memphis Shows It’s a Top 10 City to Launch a Startup for a Reason
Memphis Crossroads 
With the ambitious goal to create 1,000 entrepreneurs in seven years, Memphis accelerators, incubators, mentoring programs, and more are coming together to make it as easy as possible for a new company to get its feet off the ground.

Project Music Selects First Group of Companies
The Tennessean
Project Music, a new music and technology business accelerator, accepted eight start-ups to go through its first program that begins this month. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center partnered with the Country Music Association last year to create Project Music and support innovation within the music industry. The 14-week program begins Jan. 18, and each start-up will receive $30,000 in seed capital in exchange for an equity stake.

Study Says Nashville is Nation’s Second Fastest-Growing Tech Job Market
Nashville Business Journal
Given all of Nashville’s explosive growth and widespread enthusiasm about our tech scene, it’s not surprising to see that we’re the country’s second-fastest growing market in terms of the creation of tech jobs. It was a little surprising, at least for me, to see who’s ahead of us. According to a study from tech job site Dice.com, as reported by Fortune, the Nashville market created 24 percent more tech jobs between December 2013 and December 2014. That total is second only to Milwaukee, which created 39 percent more.

The Next Big Thing for Nashville’s Tech Startups? One Investor is Betting on Healthcare
WPLN Nashville Public Radio
For the past five years, Tennessee entrepreneurs who wanted to launch a new business idea might have tried to catch the eye of Jumpstart Foundry. Jumpstart is what’s called an accelerator in the tech world. It’s a company that helps other companies grow — playing the roles of mentor, shareholder and money matchmaker. Since its inception, it’s put about 40 fledgling tech companies through a sort of how-to-run-a-business boot camp, setting them up with seasoned advisors and showing them off to potential investors.

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