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June 26th, 2015

June 26th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Building on Big Ideas: Taking Innovative Concepts and Growing Them to Reality is Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s Specialty
Launch Tennessee
When Knoxville Entrepreneur Center talks big about the area as an innovative power, people tend to listen. From the world-class talent at UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Labs and Y-12 in nearby Oak Ridge, to a community that’s managed to put on a World’s Fair not so long ago and spawned and continues to be the home of Pilot Flying J, Clayton Homes and Radio Systems Corp., this part of East Tennessee is no stranger to entrepreneurship.

Chattanooga’s TechTown Opens in Days with Summer Camps for 600
Teknovation
The grand opening of Chattanooga’s new TechTown is just days away with a full slate of summer camps beginning on June 29. Cordell Carter II, Chief Executive Officer of TechTown Foundation in Chattanooga, said his team will run three unique camps each week for five weeks straight, reaching around 600 students. “This is our second year offering a summer camp experience – but for the first time, we will welcome participants to our brand new TechTown facility,” he said. “We can’t wait to see what they create in this new space.”

Google Chooses TVA Site for Next Data Center
Chattanoogan.com
The Tennessee Valley Authority announced Wednesday that Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek soon-to-be retired coal plant site in North Alabama to build its newest data center – the14th across the globe. Joining TVA’s President and CEO Bill Johnson and TVA Chairman Joe Ritch in the announcement were Robert Bentley, governor of Alabama, local and state officials and Gary Demasi, Google director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy. “This is a big day for TVA,” Mr. Johnson said.

Start Co. and ZeroTo510 to Hold Joint Demo Day
Memphis Business Journal
Two Memphis business accelerators are teaming up for an upcoming demo day. On Aug 13 Start Co. and ZeroTo510 will hold a showcase for the accelerators’ newest startups. “Memphis Demo Day brings together our community’s early stage high growth potential startup ecosystem to show the power and potential of startups in the Memphis region,” said Eric Mathews, founder and CEO of Start Co. “Instead of Start Co. and ZeroTo510 running separate events, we bring together all accelerator programs for one day, eliminating confusion and bringing efficiency for investors, partners, and other supporters.”

Three Tennesseans Win Regional Entrepreneur Contest
Nashville Business Journal
Three Tennessee entrepreneurs took home top honors in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Southeast Program. Out of eight finalists from the state, three Tennessee entrepreneurs won their categories. Regional award recipients will go on to compete at the national level, according to a news release.. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced later this year at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif.

Two Chattanooga Tech Teams are Finalists in Global Competition
Chattanoogan.com
Our oceans make life on land possible by producing most of the oxygen we breathe and supplying the greatest percentage of the world’s protein in our diets. More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food, but unfortunately 80 percent of the world’s fish stocks are already over-exploited. These numbers can make sustainable seafood challenges seem mind-boggling, but even in land-locked Chattanooga people are rising up to help solve some of the challenges through technology and making wise seafood choices.

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