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March 13th, 2015

March 13th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

‘Digital Cobbler’ Feetz Walks Off with $1.3 Million for 3-D Printed Shoes
Wall Street Journal
Feetz Inc., a Tennessee-based startup that calls itself a “digital cobbler,” as it makes custom footwear with 3-D printers, has raised $1.25 million in seed funding to begin offering its goods to consumers, the company said. The company, which is presenting this week at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, aims to have an application up in Apple Inc.’s App Store in a matter of weeks that will enable people to order custom-printed shoes for about $200, said Feetz Chief Executive Lucy Beard.

Initiative Hopes to Make Women Part of Code for Future of Computer Programming
Johnson City Press
While computer programing remains one of the highest-paying jobs in the nation, less than 25 percent of these jobs are occupied by women, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s something that 100 Girls of Code wants to change. “We just to give young women a little more confidence and just really spark that interest of what computer science is,” Program Director for 100 Girls of Code Sammy Lowdermilk said.

Local Entrepreneur Hopes ConnectScale Hooks Anglers
TimesNews
A local entrepreneur has introduced ConnectScale, a fishing scale combining Bluetooth wireless technology and mobile devices to allow anglers to quickly and easily weigh and record their catch. The ConnectScale and the ConnectScale mobile app work together to record fishing data.

On the Move: Kate O’Neill and Lindsey Frost Join 100 Girls of Code; Jake Jorgovan Joins Gun.io
Southern/alpha
100 Girls of Code just added two notable Tennessee women to the non-profit’s advisory board.
Gun.io adds Jake Jorgovan as the company’s Chief Growth Hacker.

Q&A with the Creator of Artiphon Instrument 1, The Multi-Instrument
Observer
It’s a guitar, a violin, a ukulele, a cello and a full drum set. It’s also a clarinet, a flute and high tech DJ equipment. It can switch between a banjo and a piano in an instant, and if you want to strum but hear the sounds of cymbals instead, well, you can do that too. INSTRUMENT 1, by a company called Artiphon, launched Saturday on Kickstarter. Within only six hours, the all-inclusive instrument was funded. To date, it’s raised more than $599,000 (about eight times its goal) with 32 days still to go, already making INSTRUMENT 1 the most crowdfunded musical instrument in history.

Sarah Bellos to Receive AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award
Fibre2Fashion
Sarah Bellos, the founder and president of US-grown natural colour producer Stony Creek Colors, has been selected for this year’s AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award, an accolade that recognises young entrepreneurs operating in broader textile industry. The Nashville-based company CEO will be honoured for her expertise in producing regionally-sourced natural dye colorants and pigments for industrial use at the upcoming edition of AATCC International Conference in Georgia.

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