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July 21st, 2015

July 21st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Advice for All Healthcare Entrepreneurs and Pitching to Investors (Podcast)
Nashville Entrepreneurship Center
Dee Anna Smith, CEO of Sarah Cannon and Sarah Cannon Research Institute, expands on her recent Health Chat at the EC (in partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council) by talking about the “why” behind the healthcare industry and what makes successful healthcare entrepreneurs. She also discusses the steps individuals and companies need to make to course correct in their leadership strategy. Plus, our resident pitcher fixer Scott Rouse discusses how to make an investable pitch by doing as much front-end research as possible before your first meeting with investors. If someone introduces you to someone, do your research. Find out who they are, where they’re from, where they went to college, etc. This makes it much easier put your best foot forward to investors.

Bohan Advertising Invests in Beacon Tech Startup bluField
Southern Alpha
Bohan, a 25-year-old advertising agency, announced last week that they are investing in bluField, a startup company in beacon technology, and that they will use Nashville as the test market for the app. According to the bluField’s site, they are not a beacon company, but rather  “an interconnected system of Bluetooth beacon networks, which creates a high resolution grid of a real-world geographic area.” BluField’s software integrates the signals into citywide networks to deliver information to consumers on their mobile devices as they move through a city. 

“Memphis Demo Day” to Showcase 14 Startups on August 13
Teknovation
It’s being billed as “the largest showcase for start-ups in Memphis.” The event is the combined “Demo Day” for 14 companies graduating from the programs operated by Start Co. and “ZeroTo510.” It’s set for 2 to 5 p.m. CDT on August 13 at the Sheraton Memphis, 250 North Main Street.

Success Story – Per Vivo Labs in Kingsport, TN
The Dispatch
Per Vivo Labs® (PVL) is a proud, US Department of Veterans Affairs certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). PVL is operated by a core of pragmatic self-starters hailing from backgrounds in military, medicine, medical device sales, and customer relations. PVL was formed for the purpose of providing simple and effective solutions for life’s complex problems. PVL’s focus product line is a portable human temperature management solution to provide rapid medical assistance to patients suffering from heatstroke symptoms.

TechTown: You Have to See it to Comprehend the Impact
Teknovation
We had the opportunity to tour Chattanooga’s recently opened TechTown last week. What a wonderful experience to see the energy in the room and the excitement of the young men and women as they gained new skills that will help them throughout their lives. 


View Medical, Inc. and Engineered Medical Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership
Marketwired
View Medical, Inc. (VMI), an intraoperative lighting technology company, today announced a strategic partnership with Engineered Medical Solutions Company LLC (eMedsco), a manufacturer and distributor of LED cordless surgical lighting based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. As a result of the agreement, eMedsco will design, manufacture, and distribute View Medical’s novel SurgiLight product line. 

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