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March 21st, 2016

March 21st, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Academic Alliance Group Expands Network and Starts Pitch Competition
High Ground News
The Mid-South LifeSciTN Academic Alliance Chapter, which is supported by Memphis Bioworks, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), the University of Memphis, Rhodes College and Start Co. consists of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in creating opportunities for entrepreneurship, career development and knowledge sharing with the goal of creating a more robust life science industry network.

Annual Conference an Opportunity for Memphis Women to Network, Grow Careers
The Commercial Appeal
Paige Scheinberg came to Saturday’s Modern Day Woman’s Conference hoping to connect. “I moved back to Memphis about a year and a half ago and started a business,” said Scheinberg, who founded Shine On Consulting, “so I thought this looks like a great place to learn about some different topics, but also connect with other women in the area.” Scheinberg, whose business specializes in art therapy and workshops, was among more than 100 who attended the event at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

“Cleantech Open Southeast” Now Accepting Applications for 2016
Teknovation
“Are you a clean technology or social impact entrepreneur in the Southeast U.S.?” That’s the question asked on the webpage of the “Cleantech Open Southeast” as the organization announces that it is accepting applications for its annual accelerator program. In 2013, Knoxville-based Fiveworx made it all the way to the grand finale in California where it competed for $250,000. As the old saying goes, “you can’t participate if you don’t apply,” and now is the time to do so. Applications are being accepted through May 1. You can click here to access the online application.

Memphis Creative Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories, In Their Own Words
Memphis Daily News
“You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality? It’s Forever Ready Productions LLC – a pun that incorporates her last name – which she and her husband launched about two years ago.

Rural Economic Opportunity Act of 2016 Passes Tennessee House
The Chattanoogan
Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) announced Thursdaythat the Tennessee House Representatives passed legislation aimed at giving rural counties in the state an economic boost. The Rural Economic Opportunity Act of 2016 passed unanimously. Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) ushered the legislation through the process. The bill has two main parts. First, it implements a program called ‘Propelling Rural Economic Progress’. This program allows grants from the PREP fund to be used to help rural counties build sites and infrastructure, making their communities more attractive to prospective companies. Second, the legislation would restructure the county tier system making it easier for businesses in rural counties to qualify for job tax credits. This, in turn, will make it easier for businesses in those counties to expand and hire new workers.

Tennessee High School Junior Launches Startup to Raise Money for Wounded Veterans
Patriot Threads
Patriot Threads was founded by a 17 year-old student named Brady Fernandes. Raised in the South, Brady saw a need in the marketplace for high-quality classic Southern style clothing with a patriotic flair. It was really very simple: he wanted to take all the modern design elements of today’s youthful trends and tie these in with his love of Country, Southern tradition and an outgoing lifestyle to create an iconic brand that you would be proud to wear. This became the brand Patriot Threads. Brady also has a passion for helping others and was inspired to donate a portion of all sales to charities that support wounded veterans who have sacrificed so much when serving our country. Learn more about their donation and fundraising efforts here!

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