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March 23rd, 2015

March 23rd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

100 Girls of Code Receives Hefty Turnout for Johnson City Session
Johnson City Press
Saturday served as a milestone for an initiative dedicated to inducting more women into the field of computer science. Johnson City turned out the most participants for the 100 Girls of Code program in the project’s history. Thirty-five girls and young women signed up for the Saturday afternoon class on programming and coding, filling Spark Plaza with the clicking of students’ typing and the whiz of laptops as female instructors squeezed by chairs in the crowded room to help individual students.

Accelerator Outlook: An Overview from Launch Tennessee’s Jason Denenberg
Teknovation
Launch Tennessee’s Jason Denenberg recalls arriving at the organization in August 2012 just a few weeks ahead of the “GIGTANK Demo Day.” The 12-week program for high bandwidth start-ups that culminated in a one-day celebration and pitch event is run by Chattanooga’s CO.LAB, one of Launch Tennessee’s nine regional accelerators. As the organization’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Denenberg’s key roles include coordinating the efforts of these geographically dispersed regional programs as well as “The TENN,” the master accelerator open only to graduates of the regional programs.

Audiohand Aims to Encourage More Music Creation
Knoxville News Sentinel
When Haseeb Qureshi was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the double major in business and psychology worked at a campus recording studio where he gained experience as a sound engineer. He later ended up managing a half-dozen independent music artists before heading to Knoxville to attend law school at the University of Tennessee. “I did a lot of recording and mixing. It was my life for years,” said Qureshi, 30, a lawyer and Web programmer who has taken his experience and entrepreneurial drive to head up Audiohand, an iOS-based app that was released last week on iTunes.

MediaWorks, Codestock Aim to ‘Go Big’ This Summer
Knoxville News Sentinel
Entrepreneurship will take center stage this summer as two Knoxville events — MediaWorks and CodeStock — look to gain a higher profile in the region. MediaWorks, the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s digital media accelerator, is back for a second year, with the application window opening on Monday. The KEC has also partnered this year with CodeStock, a two-day technology conference in July that traditionally has targeted software developers (last year’s conference drew 500 people) to help provide sessions on entrepreneur-related topics.

Minting 1,000 Entrepreneurs
The Commercial Appeal
At last count by the U.S. Census, Memphis and Shelby County were home to approximately 19,446 establishments with one or more employees. Leslie Lynn Smith’s job is to make that number 20,446. She began the task Monday. In a city that needs good jobs but has about 1,500 fewer businesses open than before the recession started in 2007, ginning up 1,000 new enterprises from scratch sounds almost impossible.

Tennessee Patent Activity on the Rise
The Tennessean
Consistent with Nashville’s undeniable surge in economic activity, 2014 witnessed a record high in the number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to Tennessee residents. Last year, the USPTO awarded an impressive 1186 patents to Tennesseans, which represents an approximately 10 percent increase over 2013. The rising tide of innovation in Tennessee is not happenstance. Increased innovation results from deliberate, concerted efforts of local businesses, institutions, policymakers and markets to create an infrastructure for productive and diversified business activities

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