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March 24th, 2015

March 24th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Castillo Shares Some Ideas About Co-Working Space in Knoxville
Teknovation
Jose Castillo, President and Spicy Guy at thinkjose, LLC and Co-Founder of Spark Plaza in Johnson City, is holding two meetings today in Knoxville to discuss the need for co-working space in the community. The exuberant speaker and entrepreneur has scheduled two events – one billed as a “Co-working Hangout” from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Remedy Coffee on Jackson Avenue and another billed as “‘The Co-working Conundrum: Is There Life Outside the Cubicle” starting at 5 p.m. at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center on Market Square.

The Kickstarter Projects from Tennessee You Should Know About
Southern/alpha
Over the past few weeks, we’ve mentioned Kickstarter as a way hardware and physical product-based startups have found funding. Here are some active projects worth highlighting that are looking for funding all over Tennessee.

Lee Students Land Honor, Cash with Their Faith-Based Fly Fishing Startup
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A company that five Lee University students launched to help impoverished people earn a living in South Asia has won a regional faith-based business competition for startups. Remedy Flies also took home $20,000 Saturday night and has a shot at winning $50,000 next month at Elevate’s national final competition in California. The startup, which will make fishing flies, came out ahead of seven other teams during the Southern regional contest, which was hosted by Covenant College and held at EPB.

MediaWorks Applications Now Live
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
MediaWorks is a selective, highly immersive instructional and mentorship driven 12 week program for startups in the digital media sector, which includes digital video, augmented reality, digital signage, digital audio, video games, or digital art. The program begins May 18th and culminates on August 11th with a public presentation.  Demo Day is an opportunity for the companies that have completed the accelerator to showcase their ideas to supporters, customers, and possible investors.

TRIM, a New Men’s Fashion- Focused Product Line, to Launch on Kickstarter
Southern/alpha
Trim, a new menswear brand, will launch on March 31st on Kickstarter. “Trim serves to solve the Triple F Dilemma which is the compromise most men face: having to choose between fashion, fit, and function. Never all three,” Moriah Lutz-Tveite, Director of Operations for Trim Menswear wrote. Solving the dilemma of the perfect fitting shirt for the athletic or trim man that is also fashionable and functional for an active lifestyle, Trim created a collection for Kickstarter featuring three versatile denim button-ups utilizing premium stretch fabric for ultimate comfort.

Leftfield Pictures (Producers of “Pawn Stars”) Looking for Inventors/Startups in Tennessee for New Docu-Series
Now Casting: Inventors, Fabricators, and Makers in Tennessee-area Excited to Demonstrate Their Product for a New Television Docu-series! Do you have a new product or a souped up item that you’d like to feature on national television? If you’re a full-time inventor working in a lab or a just tinker who’s developing a product in your garage in your spare time, you might be just what we’re looking for! The producers of History’s #1 smash hit, “Pawn Stars,” are searching in Tennessee for inventors with huge personalities who can demonstrate their product for our show’s hosts. We’re looking for inventions that will offer big and exciting demonstrations that will blow the viewers socks off. If you’re the next Thomas Edison or you’ve created the best thing since slice bread, this might be just the show for you. Our hosts are looking for the coolest creations in the area and will travel with our camera crew to your business, workshop, etc. to film a demonstration of your product. For more information, and to speak with a Casting Producer, please e-mail chris.tryens@leftfieldpictures.com with the following information: Name, contact number, and a brief description of yourself and your invention. Preference will be given to inventors who include pictures and a video demonstrating their product. You can also reach us via phone at 212-564-2607 ext. 2339

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