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March 16th, 2015

March 16th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Can Nashville Tech Save the Music Game?
Smashd
Music and tech have increasingly crossed paths and become involved in each other’s business over the years. How the music industry plays with technology is still up for debate. Musicians can’t snub an evolving technological world, and most artists don’t want to. But the scale sometimes seems to tip in a certain direction. Sales of recorded music continue to fall while tech companies profits increase. Project Music, a new music/tech accelerator program in Nashville, Tennessee has high hopes for finding a solution to the uneven relationship between the two industries.

Chamber to Host Entrepreneurship Mini-Conference
Nashville Post
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will next week host Bizaroo, a half-day conference for business owners to hear from experts on business startups, entrepreneurship, financing, social media and other topics. Keynote speaker at the event will be Dave Delaney of FutureForth. Also among those on the schedule to talk are Bongo Java’s Bob Bernstein, Mignon Francois of The Cupcake Collection, Avenue Bank Chairman and CEO Ron Samuels and Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese founder Dan Stephenson.

Entrepreneurs of Knoxville Revamps with New Structure, Partnerships
Knoxville News Sentinel
When Entrepreneurs of Knoxville was founded in 2008, it provided a grassroots network for a small group of individuals interested in gathering regularly to brainstorm and collaborate on projects and ideas. EOK grew to hundreds of members, and five years later, it has reorganized under a new parent company, Entrepreneurial Collective (EC).

Feetz Announces $1.25 Million in Seed Funding to Build 3-D Printed Shoes
Nooga.com
Feetz—a company that makes customizable footwear using 3-D printing technology—has raised $1.25 million in seed funding, which will be used to bring products to customers later this year. CEO and founder Lucy Beard pitched at Gig Tank’s Demo Day last year, where she announced that she’d be moving her company from Silicon Valley to Chattanooga.

How Lamp Post Group Lights the Way
Medium- Bellhops
You already know that we make moving fast and easy and more importantly an overall pleasant and memorable experience. What you may not know is that our commitment to excellence and awesome relationships with our customers goes deep. In fact, it’s what connects us to our family at Lamp Post Group in Chattanooga, TN. Founded in 2010, this startup incubator has been building successful companies through financial and relational investment. It’s what has helped us get where we are today: helping you, your friends, and your families move comfortably. But enough about us; we talked to two other founders of Lamp Post Group companies to help explain why it’s such an awesome group of people to work with.

Vanderbilt MBA Students Awarded Grant for Language App
Research News at Vanderbilt
The student co-founders of a language-learning platform called Boomalang have been awarded the 2015 Sohr Grant, which gives $25,000 each year to business school entrepreneurs from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Chris Gerding (MBA 2015) and Leiya Hasan (MBA 2015) began working on the idea after they were paired up in a class on entrepreneurship. Boomalang matches language learners of similar interests and backgrounds, like age, profession or hobbies, in different countries. The app then facilitates the logistics of setting up video chats that are designed to enhance language skills and protect user privacy.

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