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January 6th, 2016

January 6th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

36|86 Winner Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30
Forbes
An entrepreneur from a family of entrepreneurs, Jewel Burks began her career at Google before her grandmother’s breast cancer diagnosis led her to decide to move back home to Atlanta. There, she took a job working at McMaster-Carr, a top U.S. industrial parts distributor. But when it came to hunting down specific gears and other bits of machinery from its stock of 550,000 products, it was a far cry from what she was used to at the search giant…

Nashville Entrepreneur Center to Launch Williamson County Program
Nashville Business Journal
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center will form new ties with Williamson County this winter. Venture Nashville Connections reports that the Entrepreneur Center will offer its “Pre-Flight” course in partnership with Williamson Inc., the county’s chamber. The course is designed for entrepreneurs with “idea-stage startups looking to create a foundation for launching their business,” according to the EC’s website.

ORNL Cell-Free Protein Synthesis is Potential Lifesaver
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lives of soldiers and others injured in remote locations could be saved with a cell-free protein synthesis system developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The device, a creation of a team led by Andrea Timm and Scott Retterer of the lab’s Biosciences Division, uses microfabricated bioreactors to facilitate the on-demand production of therapeutic proteins for medicines and biopharmaceuticals.

Project Music: Jammber’s Disciplined March to Traction May Augur Well
Venture Nashville Connections
Owners of Jammber, the online talent marketplace for creators and the Music industry around them, are gutting-it-out on leanest possible funding until they know what constitutes a healthy capital appetite and valuation for their Series A capital raise. Though obviously the jury’s out, Jammber’s apparent progress since the team completed the first accelerator cohort’s training via Project Music at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center may provide some inspiration for the seven firms recently inducted into the accelerator’s 2nd Cohort.

UT to Offer Farmers’ Market Boot Camp
Knoxville News Sentinel
Farmers throughout the state can learn about the business and marketing of selling from a farmers market at several University of Tennessee one-day boot camps. The boot camp covers a variety of topics, including five simple marketing methods, basics of social media and email marketing, sources of grants and microloans, how to keep records for good business management, requirements of what can be sold at farmers markets and an overview of new food safety regulations. Dates and locations are: Jan. 28 in White Pine; Jan. 29 in Athens; Feb. 22 in Lebanon;Feb. 24 in Winchester; March 2 in Trenton; and March 3 in Centerville.

Teknovation
The Vanquish Worldwide family of companies numbered three a little over two years ago. Today, Eric Barton says the count stands at 28. To say that the Maryville-based enterprise has grown exponentially since its founding in 2007 would be an understatement. We sat down recently with the company’s Founder, a former Marine turned entrepreneur, to learn more about the Vanquish Worldwide portfolio that touches everything from global logistics to professional household management training.

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