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July 31st, 2015

July 31st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Apply for 1440, Ingram Content Group’s Literary Focused Accelerator
1440
In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press and changed the world. We’re looking for the companies that are changing today’s publishing world by changing the way that people interact with content. Participant companies will receive a $30k investment and the mentorship, curriculum, and connections to grow faster and smarter during the 14-week program. Program begins September 13, 2015.

Belmont University Alumna Turns Her “Girlie Golfer” Problem Into Growing Apparel Business
Southern Alpha
As a student on golf scholarship at Belmont Univ., Sydney Hudson had a problem: difficulty finding any cute yet functional golf clothes on the market.  “I always wondered why there wasn’t brands just catered toward the young, stylish female golfer,” said Hudson, a competitive golfer since age 13 who learned the game from her grandfather. She recalled always having to find a seamstress to hem the skirts or having to wear tennis skirts as another option. But again, tennis attire do not have the pockets that were necessary for a golfer, thus not functional. “I knew that I loved golf and I loved fashion. So my junior year of college I decided to put my two passions together and that’s when the idea for “Sydney Elizabeth” was born!”

Communities Encouraged to Hold “Girls Day of Code” on August 8
Teknovation
Sammy Lowdermilk and the team at the Tennessee Code Academy have designated Saturday, August 8, as “Girls Day of Code,” and they are asking communities across the country to hold special events for young women. The organization, which launched its “100 Girls of Code” initiative in 2014, wants to bring increased awareness to the need to encourage more women to enhance their coding skills as part of the national emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “We’re asking our own chapters, other organizations and individuals across the U.S. and the world to participate in coding activities on August 8th,” Lowdermilk said.

Even for Hesitant Students, BCBST Coding Camp Provides Fun Learning
Nooga.com
Loftis Middle School student Lexi Songer, 13, was nervous to attend this week’s code camp at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “I wasn’t going to at first,” she said. “[I did] because my science teacher gave me the paper and told me I should do it. He was my favorite science teacher.” Despite her anxiety, on Friday—the last day of camp—she was laughing with friends and preparing to present her work to classmates and their parents. During the weeklong camp, middle and high school students worked with professional developers at BCBST and other companies to get insight into the computer science industry.

Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Auto Manufacturing, Education
Nooga.com
National economic development publication Business Facilities ranked Tennessee No. 1 in the nation for manufacturing strength and education. “Good things are happening in Tennessee, and we appreciate Business Facilities for recognizing that,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in a prepared statement.

UPS Buys Coyote Logistics for $1.8 Billion
Chattanooga Times Free Press
UPS announced today it is buying Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion as it maneuvers for a slice of the burgeoning freight brokerage business. Coyote, which acquired the Chattanooga-based Access America in April 2014, has major operations in Warehouse Row in downtown Chattanooga and the purchase is expected to provide a premium for employees and managers who own part of Coyote. Coyote has helped support UPS in the past during the busy holiday season, the last two of which have caused headaches for the shipping giant. The Chicago-based logistics firm booked revenue of $2.1 billion last year.

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