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March 2nd, 2015

March 2nd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

‘Tech Cities’ Fuel Startup Success Throughout TN (by Charlie Brock)
The Tennessean
Tennessee has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, and that’s no accident. From a diverse pool of talent up through venture-capital partners and a strong accelerator network, we’ve put into place a solid framework for innovation. But no matter how good things are, they can always improve. And one way that happens is by making sure that we do everything we can to foster technological innovation throughout the state.

Gov. Haslam Announces Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Knoxville
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville will be home this fall to a national academic program in which middle and high school students learn to start their own businesses, Gov. Bill Haslam announced during a breakfast with the Knoxville Chamber on Friday.

iCitizen Parent Company Raises $3.88 Million
Nashville Business Journal
Citizengine, Inc., the Nashville-based parent company of political engagement apps iCitizen and iCity, has raised $3.88 million in an equity offering, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

New Business Offers Medical Transportation Services
Chattanooga Times Free Press
With more than 20 years of experience in the medical field, new business owner Robin Davis said helping others is something she has always been passionate about. When she realized a number of patients were coming in for their appointments and procedures exhausted from travel, she figured she could help.

Surefire Path to the Highest Impact Business Relationships
LinkedIn
A close friend of mine, Ben Wald, gave me the best advice I’ve heard on how to build relationships when you’re starting out. Ben has been my friend since childhood, and he was the first advisor to Looksharp. He’s currently a partner at Spartan Systems and an entrepreneur in his own right. His advice was simple. When most people ask for help, they sit down at a meeting and they spend the whole time talking. It’s natural to try to validate yourself—“what we’re doing is so amazing, this is why you should be here and not regret talking to me.” But if you spend the whole meeting talking, you can’t derive any value from what the other person has to say. The whole reason you’re meeting with this person is because they know things that you don’t know.

YPAC Salutes Young Business Careers
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Tiffanie Robinson, director of operations for Lamp Post Group, was named Young Professional of the Year by the Young Professionals Association. About 200 people attended the eighth annual YP awards program. Robinson has a degree in communication from Lee University, and she previously worked with The River City Co. Lamp Post is a venture incubator that provides capital and mentorship to growing start-up businesses.

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