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June 5th, 2015

June 5th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Apartment Apps Aims to Make Leasing, Renting Easier
Nooga.com
Local entrepreneur Joshua Brewer has launched a new company to make property management and rental life easier. Apartment Apps Inc. aims to more easily connect residents and property managers using smartphones. Brewer, the CEO, started in the property management industry in 2005 as a groundskeeper, but he soon got into the leasing side of things. “I started seeing there was a problem and we needed some technology throughout the industry,” he said.

Dose, the on-demand House Call Service, Launches in Nashville
Southern/alpha
Dose Healthcare, a Nashville-based startup, recently launched its new “on-demand” urgent care house call service in Nashville. The app allows users to request a home visit from a healthcare provider in “about the same amount of time it takes to order a pizza” according to a press release from the company. CEO and Cofounder Cole Hawkins explained that some patients with an unexpected illness or injury may not want to wait for an appointment with a primary care doctor or go to an urgent care clinic.

Entrepreneurs Head for Nashville on StartupBuses
USA Today
In five North American cities, groups of software developers, designers and those with business backgrounds will be loading into buses Thursday, each bound for Nashville. The San Francisco-born StartupBus event moved its final destination to Nashville this year, in light of Launch Tennessee’s upcoming 36|86 conference for Southeastern entrepreneurs. In past years, the trips have ended with a pitch competition in San Antonio ahead of Austin’s SXSW tech event.

Nashville’s GameWisp Targets Gamers, Fans
The Tennessean
Across the U.S., a thriving gaming culture focused on the prowess and personality of videogame players has captured the attention of millions. In Nashville, GameWisp — a company composed largely of lifelong gamers — is building software to help videogaming entertainers build their brand and interact with fans, tapping into the demand for more videogame content.

LaunchTN’s 36|86 Puts Focus on Southeast Entrepreneurs
The Tennessean
LaunchTN’s new 36|86 conference kicks off Monday, and the state-funded nonprofit has drawn speakers from several internationally recognized companies — Warby Parker, Uber, Eventbrite — as well as 85 investment groups and several media organizations from across the U.S., quelling doubts about the event’s trajectory. Through the conference, LaunchTN seeks to bring exposure and capital to Southeast companies, providing them with networking opportunities and the chance to learn from and interact with proven entrepreneurs and investors.

Southwest’s Oakland- Nashville Nonstop Flight Launches This Weekend with Fanfare
Nashville Business Journal
The long-anticipated non-stop flight between Nashville International Airport (BNA) and the Bay Area takes off this weekend, and a handful of business, airport and city leaders from both destinations, including Mayor Karl Dean, will be on-board to celebrate. Southwest Airlines flight number 3949 will depart Oakland International Airport (OAK) at 10:35 a.m. PST this Sunday, arriving in Nashville at 4:40 p.m. local time. The co-founders of EventBrite, who need to be in Nashville next week for LaunchTennessee’s 36/86 conference, will be on-board to discuss the value of the route to their business and the tech industry.

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