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July 23rd, 2015

July 23rd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Automotive “Boot Camp” Kicks Off
Knoxville News Sentinel
Tech 2020 just kicked off its 2015 autoXLR8R entrepreneurial “boot camp” program, in which 10 companies will get mentoring from auto industry insiders and successful entrepreneurs. This year’s program started July 7 and culminates in “road shows” Aug. 28 in Oak Ridge and Sept. 27 in South Carolina, in which company representatives make pitches to investors. AutoXLR8R is meant to bring high-potential automotive technologies to market. Companies selected to take part get one-on-one mentoring along with a structured curriculum meant to help young companies get around obstacles and grow revenue.

Female Entrepreneurs: Getting It Done! with MLS My Nest
Miss Heard Magazine
MissHeard wants to highlight awesome women and girls who are following their bliss. We’re excited to introduce team MLS My Nest, made up of three talented and smart women- Dustie, Samantha and Jessica- who are building a business from the ground up.

Our First Year at theCO
theCO
What’s a birthday without a little celebration, right? Starting July 20th, a year since theCO first opened their doors to the public, this entire week will be dedicated to commemorating a great year of collaboration, entrepreneurship, awesomely quirky creations and growing stronger businesses. We caught up with one of theCO’s founders and two veteran members, for their take on theCO’s first year.

SIGNiX and RELATIENT Announce Partnership
PRWeb
SIGNiX, a leader in cloud-based electronic signature and authentication services and provider of Independent E-Signature™ solutions, announced today it has partnered with RELATIENT, LLC. of Nashville, Tennessee. The SIGNiX and RELATIENT partnership improves patient engagement by allowing paperwork to be completed, signed and submitted electronically via any device, at any time and from any location with Internet access.

The Nuts and Bolts of Scaling a Company
Forbes
When you think nuts and bolts, you probably don’t think innovation. Not so for Jewel Burks, co-founder and CEO of Partpic. She managed customer service for a parts distributor and dealt with the calls from frustrated customers who had been sent the wrong part or couldn’t identify the part they needed because the product name or number was partially rubbed off. Again and again, customers asked if they could send a photo of the part so the distributor could match it. The last straw was when Burks’ grandfather, a farmer in Alabama, had to delay harvest because a part for his tractor broke, and together they had trouble identifying and replacing it. There had to be a better way, she thought.

“We Build Tech” to Link Employers, Job Seekers
The Tennessean
The Nashville Technology Council is developing a new platform connecting employers with prospective job candidates as part of its effort to meet local workforce needs. “We Build Tech,” built with an $850,000 Labor Education Alignment Program state grant, will allow business leaders to post promotional videos about jobs at their companies and will include the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s jobs board, WorkIT Nashville. “Businesses can promote the great jobs they offer up in technology,”  said Bryan Huddleston, CEO of the tech council. “The idea is that we can do it at a community-wide level.”

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