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June 20th, 2016

June 20th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

There are New “Pools of Money” Available for Entrepreneurs
Cat Clifford for Entrepreneur

The rules for equity crowdfunding, whereby an entrepreneur can raise money by selling a piece of his or her company for cash, changed in May. It’s been a hot topic since then. And to address this nascent and still as of yet largely misunderstood category of startup finance, the organizers of the Nashville-based startup conference, 3686 South, gathered a group of all-star experts to discuss these new rule changes.

From Part-Time Nanny to Big-Time Producer: Nashville Entrepreneur Bootstraps
Success with Make It Pop

Nashville Business Journal
Four years ago, Kevin Kazlauskas was out of a job, making ends meet with babysitting gigs during the day and filming bands at night. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Make It Pop, a digital video-production company that has produced content for country music stars, local schools and multibillion-dollar corporations.

Pass It Down Selected to Pitch at Aging 2.0’s “Global Start-Up Search” in Austin
Teknovation
Chris Cummings of Pass It Down has been selected to participate in Aging 2.0’s “Global Start-up Search” pitch competition scheduled for this Friday in Austin. The Chattanooga start-up, profiled in this April article on teknovation.biz, is one of six invitees to the Austin event with the opportunity for the winner to join an elite group pitching at Aging 2.0’s “OPTIMIZE” conference later this year.

Scripps Networks Interactive, MediaWorks Draw Lifestyle Media Creators to $100K
National Media Accelerator

Venture Tennessee Connections
Four prominent digital media personalities and lifestyle content creators featured on outlets such as HGTV and YouTube have been selected to develop new lifestyle-content startups as part of the $100,000 MediaWorks accelerator backed by Scripps Networks Interactive and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC). The partners say MediaWorks offers an unprecedented 12-week program designed to support online-content creators and social influencers in launching startup ventures.

Register for Tomorrow’s BI & Analytics Peer Group!
Nashville Technology Council
Join us tomorrow, June 21, 2016 at the next BI & Analytics Peer Group sponsored by SME Solutions Group. The proliferation of large, complex data sets, commonly referred to as “Big Data,” makes it difficult for utility company managers, directors and senior managers to process data using traditional applications.

Tennessee Can Create Healthier Climate for Startups
Sasha Kucharczyk for The Tennessean
Toronto is far removed from Tennessee, and not just in terms of geography. We discovered that when we moved about 975 miles to Memphis last year to grow our startup, Preteckt Inc., with the goal of creating a technology that would change the transportation industry. It has required some acculturation, but we’ve adapted to our adopted hometown, where we now build our combined hardware-and-software system, which accesses more than 6,000 distinct sensors on a truck and uploads the data for analysis.

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