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July 8th, 2015

July 8th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Investing in the Future: Nashville Entrepreneur Center Helps Small Business Owners Meet Economic Challenges with Strategic Planning
Launch Tennessee
Even with a change in leadership, it’s business as usual at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Stuart McWhorter assumed the role of president and CEO from founder Michael Burcham on April 9. He had previously served as Chairman of Clayton Associates, a venture capital firm based in Brentwood, Tennessee. McWhorter’s experience and deep roots in the community will serve as a considerable asset as the Entrepreneur Center enters a new phase of its operations. “We’re created by the community, for the community,” says Sam Lingo, Chief Operating Officer of Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

MomSource Network Expands, Eyes National Rollout
Knoxville News Sentinel
A Knoxville startup that matches mothers with flexible employment opportunities has expanded into Chattanooga and Nashville, with plans to launch nationwide next year. A Knoxville startup that matches mothers with flexible employment opportunities has expanded into Chattanooga and Nashville, with plans to launch nationwide next year. The company entered the Chattanooga last fall and just recently opened in Nashville. Both moves been successes. “Our goal is to launch nationally by early next year. There’s no better place to start than with our friends and neighbors in Tennessee,” Jones said.

Nashville Ranks High for Creatives
Nashville Post
Aspiring country music stars aren’t the only creative types moving to Nashville. Music City ranked fifth in a national survey of cities that offer the best opportunities for workers in creative fields. SmartAsset, a New York City-based online financial advice company, conducted the survey. “While outsiders often associate Nashville with country music, the city’s cultural life goes far beyond twang and honky-tonk,” the survey says.

U.S. Commerce Expert Shares Insights with Startups
The Tennessean
Pat Kirwan, of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat. He shared exporting insights Tuesday at the Nashville Startup Global Seminar with Clark Buckner at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The committee organized educational events after recognizing a need for startups to learn more about international patents and exports.

Million Women Mentors
Throughout the month of July, Million Women Mentors will be bringing you highlights of the Be Counted! Campaign. We are featuring the work of amazing organizations and the mentoring they are counting this July. To kick off the campaign we would like to introduce 100 Girls of Code. Sammy Lowdermilk, co-founder of 100 Girls of Code, counted 29 mentors who through their workshops mentored 799 girls this past year!

“X Factors” Describe This Year’s KEC “MediaWorks”
Teknovation
Jonathan Sexton talks about 2X and 4X factors in describing changes made for the second “MediaWorks” accelerator now underway under the auspices of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC). The Entrepreneur-in-Residence at KEC is not referring to “The X Factor,” the global music competition. Instead, he’s talking about lessons learned from last year’s inaugural program that are incorporated in the latest iteration.

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