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June 22nd, 2016

June 22nd, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Entrepreneur Center Names Michael Brody-Waited CEO
Nashville Business Journal

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center has named well-known entrepreneur Michael Brody-Waite as its new CEO. Brody-Waite is best-known for running InQuicker, an online scheduling startup purchased by a publicly traded company last year. He replaces Stuart McWhorter, who served in the CEO role for one year before returning to his investment firm, Clayton Associates.

Bruce Hayes Named Director of Knoxville’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Knoxville News Sentinel
Bruce Hayes, a longtime counselor for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Knoxville, has been named executive director of the agency, replacing Larry Rossini, who retired in March. The Small Business Development Center, housed at the Knoxville Chamber’s offices in Market Square downtown, is an affiliate of Pellissippi State Community College, and works to help small businesses in a seven-county area that includes Knox, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Sevier and Union counties.

Bunker Labs Nashville Startups on Firing Line in June 28 Event
Venture Nashville Connections
Bunker Labs Nashville’s accelerator startups will get a close inspection June 28, during a Bunker Builds America Tour stop sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co. In addition to startup teams, participantsinclude Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Metro/Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and State Sen. Mark Green (R-22-Clarksville), as well as State Veteran Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock and “Frontline Generation” Author Marjorie Eastman, who served in the U.S. Army and is president of the YWCA of Middle Tennessee.

Maker Fair Attracts Artisans to City Hall
The Commercial Appeal
More than a dozen artisans displayed products Tuesday as Mayor Jim Strickland kicked off the Memphis Maker Fair at City Hall. Strickland said the community can help create more maker spaces, share best practices and develop more businesses, according to a prepared statement released by a city official. The fair stems from the Made By Project, a new initiative meant to develop the artisan economy and repeat the Broad Avenue arts boom in other city neighborhoods.

“Spark!” Showcases Promising Technologies, Exciting New Companies
Teknovation
When conversations occur about the uniqueness of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge entrepreneurial ecosystem, they invariably quickly focus on the importance of capitalizing on the research undertaken at the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Some of those most promising technologies were on display yesterday afternoon when the sixth annual “Spark!” technology forum, co-hosted by UT and ORNL, was held for the first time ever in Downtown Knoxville. The location was symbolic in several ways.

Spire Labs Pioneers Data-Driven “Precision Wellbeing™” Through Partnership with PathSight Predictive Science
Business Wire
Spire Labs, the technology innovation company and creator of Spire, a personalized social network for employee wellbeing, announced a new focus on developing Precision WellbeingTM through a partnership with leading behavioral data science innovator, PathSight Predictive Science. PathSight’s technology leverages the latest in neurological discovery, which reveals that the human brain makes decisions on the instinctive level, based on the predictive wiring of the deep brain.

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