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March 24th, 2014

March 24th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Chattanoogan: 48Hour Launch: The Learning Edition Is Friday-Sunday
The Company Lab will host 48HourLaunch, an annual startup development competition that challenges teams of entrepreneurs and specialists to spend 48 hours transforming a startup concept into a viable business model or prototype. On Pitch Night, Friday at 6 p.m. teams will present their ideas to the public and solicit help for their startups. There will be working sessions all weekend and then on Sunday, from 6-8 p.m is Demo Night. Startups will debut their progress to the public and a panel of judges. The top scoring team will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a package of free business services to support its continuing development.

Memphis Daily News: 100 Girls of Code workshop coming to Memphis in June
100 Girls of Code is a program of the Tennessee Code Academy, and it’s conducting workshops across Tennessee to raise awareness among girls ages 12 to 18 about careers in computer science. The program is sponsored by Tennessee Tech University and Launch Tennessee, and the workshops will include an intro to computer programming, a tutorial of the latest website development techniques and a look at cutting-edge gaming development taught by two female programmers. (100 Girls of Code also is trying to raise additional funding on Indiegogo through April 30. Their funding page is here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/100-girls-of-code)

Press Release: iCitizen and Headcount Announce Partnership to Enhance Civic Engagement and Citizen Involvement in Government
Nashville, Tenn.- March 24, 2014 -HeadCount, a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to promote participation in democracy through the power of musicians and their music, and iCitizen, a civic engagement platform that makes citizen involvement in democracy easier through the use of sophisticated mobile technology, announced an important partnership today. In connection with their common goal to increase civic engagement, iCitizen and HeadCount will join forces through a combined and co-branded presence at major music festivals, concerts, and other events in which HeadCount is involved in order to provide fan experiences designed to emphasize the importance of being engaged in the issues that face our country.

National Innovation in the News

Fast Company: Silicon Valley’s Avenging Angel
AngelList is one of a vanguard of firms–such as Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and Google Ventures–that is reinventing the future of startup funding. What began as a modest, though intentionally disruptive email list has grown to become the preeminent way for seed-stage investors to find opportunities, and for startups to connect with those investors as well as prospective employees.

Huffington Post: 5 Things Entrepreneurs Do Not Need to Start a Business
Though this list is not exhaustive, these are some of the things that an entrepreneur does not have to worry about when starting a business. Some of which, such as, having an office or having a business degree or large start-up budget can confuse some entrepreneurs as entrepreneurial requirements but they really are not. Below is a list of five things that entrepreneurs do not need when starting a business

Time: American Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship
Why reserve leadership and business training for budding MBAs, and leave team building exercises the domain of annual workplace retreats? By starting young, the ALA incorporates inspiration, motivation, and self-improvement into a more organic growth trajectory. In American schools, “deliberate practice” could also integrate practical training in relevant disciplines from computer science to photography — perhaps rescuing shop and home economics from the academic dustbin.


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