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March 11th, 2015

March 11th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

AutoXLR8R Program Moves to Tech 2020
Knoxville News Sentinel
Tech 2020 has taken ownership of autoXLR8R, a Spring Hill, Tenn.-based entrepreneur accelerator program focused on bringing high-potential automotive technologies to market. The 13-week mentor-driven program, which was started in 2013 by the Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, will operate from Tech 2020’s offices in Oak Ridge, where the venture development organization supports high-growth entrepreneurs and has ties to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and the UT Research Foundation.

Building a Brand: Chef Jenn Products Now Sold in Wal-Marts Across the Country
Memphis Daily News
Six years ago, Jennifer McCullough was an entrepreneurial Memphis chef with a passion for food, preparing soups in her kitchen and selling them to friends. Today, that dynamic has been considerably magnified. McCullough – more popularly known as “Chef Jenn” – now has her own line of signature, gourmet seafood products. Her visibility has grown significantly, via things like last year winning Food Network’s reality cooking competition Cutthroat Kitchen.

Why Housing is Key to Chattanooga’s Tech-Hub Ambitions
City Lab
Chattanooga gets a lot of press thanks to its smart-grid Internet. Both The New York Times and The Guardian ran affectionate spreads of “Gig City” this past year. Both mentioned that Chattanooga residents can download a two-hour movie in under a minute. And both mentioned that the city’s economy has been revolutionized as Chattanooga emerges as a destination for tech-driven innovation.

Iron Yard Software School to Open in Nashville
The Tennessean
Iron Yard, a South Carolina-based code school that operates in 13 other U.S. cities, is launching a Nashville program in May, responding to the area’s growing need for software skills. The software training program will offer 12-week courses throughout the year that will help prepare students for programming jobs and teach those interested in building a tech startup. “We see a huge opportunity to have a significant impact on education,” said Eric Dodds, an Iron Yard partner.

Nashville Startup Weekend Launches, Podcamp Nashville Rebrands, TSU Makes Data Cool
Southern/alpha
Every week, we curate some interesting upcoming events in the Nashville area. This week, we are highlighting the (return) of Nashville Startup Weekend. We also noticed Podcamp has rebranded with a new vision and name focused on content creators. Additionally, we got some great news from TSU for students and entrepreneurs focused on data science.

Supported by FedEx Express, Logistics Accelerator Now Taking Applications
Memphis Business Journal
A new logistics accelerator is currently accepting applications for its first cohort of startups. EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, which is sponsored by FedEx Express and is part of the Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center, will launch May 18 and host its first Demo DayAug. 13. The accelerator’s goal is to help startups bring logistics technology to market, while leveraging the region’s strengths as the world’s distribution hub.

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