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March 2nd, 2016

March 2nd, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Altshuler, Henson Collaborate on Family of Medically-Focused Companies
Teknovation
Marty Altshuler and Rick Henson have known each other since the early part of the 1980s when they were colleagues at another local medical device company. About a decade later, they joined forces to found Choice Medical, Inc., as a specialty distributor for spinal implant companies. “We put our minds together and came-up with the initial concept,” Altshuler says. Today, their initial focus on orthopedic and neuro surgery product lines has grown into a family of companies located in the Bearden area of Knoxville, all focused in one way or another on the healthcare market. The group includes the original enterprise plus ChoiceSpine and Choice Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Commissioner Boyd Discusses TNECD Strategy Toward Entrepreneurism
TNECD
Milt Capps at Venture Nashville has an informative blurb from his recent interview with Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd on the department’s ongoing efforts to improve the entrepreneurial environment in the state. In addition to the administration’s Angel Tax Credit legislation offered this session, Commissioner Boyd told the website that TNECD is still gathering and sorting ideas for a series of new policies to support entrepreneurship.

Everything ‘s Coming Up Roses for Local Floral Entrepreneur
High Ground News
After spending almost a decade in the legal and insurance fields, Memphis entrepreneur Holly Writt found herself ready to pursue a passion as a career. “I wanted to love what I was doing, and feel like I was doing something good for people,” she said. Out of this desire came Holly and Ivy, Writt’s Midtown floral business. Launched in January of 2015, Holly and Ivy is a full service floral studio but without the traditional retail component. “This helps keep our overhead low, and waste to a minimum,” explained Writt.

How a Nashville Firm is Responding to the Fall of a Silicon Valley Unicorn
Nashville Business Journal
The highly publicized troubles of San Francisco human resources technology startup Zenefits– valued at more than $4 billion – have been described by some as the bellwether of an impending bubble burst in Silicon Valley’s high-rolling venture capital world. For one Nashville-based company, it could be a sign of business opportunities to come.

Local Veteran Finds Success, Startup with Help of Entrepreneurship Program
Nooga.com
The free Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, offered by the College of Business at UTC, is a direct response to the challenges faced by military veterans and is designed to help them create or grow businesses as a means to their own financial well-being. And how successful it has already proven to be. Mark Kidwell, a 2012 graduate of VEP, launched GenZing, a Chattanooga-based digital strategy company focused on branding and positioning.

Where are the Coding Bootcamps in the South?
Startup Southerner
More than 16,000 students were expected to have graduated from approximately 70 coding bootcamps in the United States last year, according to Course Report’s 2015 Coding Bootcamp Survey. With the current and projected need to fill open tech positions around the South, the trend of building more coding bootcamps doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. We have mapped out the adult coding bootcamps that are currently operating in our southern states. The information for each location is currently basic, but we will continue to add more information in future versions.

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