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March 30th, 2015

March 30th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

The TENN Group Shows Strength of TN Entrepreneurs (by Charlie Brock)
The Tennessean
At Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) we see remarkable ideas come to fruition every day, thanks to the entrepreneurs who bring their talents and vision to our accelerators. Last fall, we chose our annual “best of the best,” nine startups for the TENN Master Accelerator. This five-month journey included everything from marketing seminars to master mentor meetings to presentations to venture capitalists on both coasts. The TENN companies did an outstanding job of representing their companies, our accelerator network and the strong entrepreneurial landscape in Tennessee.

Coding Classes Seek to Help Prepare Women for Chattanooga-Area Technology Jobs
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Two courses aimed at getting more women into Chattanooga-area technology jobs will roll out next month at Lamp Post Group, tied to the White House’s TechHire program. The Tech Series for Women will teach the basics of HTML/CSS and iOS Development. In layman’s terms — and these courses are designed for those who know little or nothing about coding — the HTML course will teach the basics of Web development and creating a website. The iOS course will help attendees learn how to build apps.

Converge SE Partners with 36|86 to Host “Southern Series” Startup Event
Palmetto Scene
Converge SE, Columbia’s and the Southeast’s buzzworthy web design and development conference, is soon to arrive in the Capital City April 15-18, bringing with it many exciting speakers from companies like Adobe, The IronYard and RetailMeNot, and opportunities for the tech and business-minded. The event features a unique event for all attendees, with concentration on design/user experience, front-end development and marketing. But some events for this year’s conference will be very new to the Midlands, including the 36|86 Southern Series start-up event, Wed. April 15.

FedEx Chips in on Namesake University of Memphis Institute
Memphis Daily News
FedEx Corporate Services Inc. is donating $3 million over three years to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. Part of the gift will be used to build a logistics innovation partnership between the university and Memphis Bioworks Foundation, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and corporate partners. The university will work in the partnership through its Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center – or EPIcenter – program.

The Sales Director Who Turned Work into a Fantasy Sports Competition (feat. Ambition Sales)
Harvard Business Review
Now that everything we do at work can be observed, measured, tracked, and reported — thanks to sensing technologies and cheap processing power — more organizations are relying heavily on “the data” to manage employees’ performance. They’re striving to assess people strictly on merit: how productive they are, how well they collaborate, how much value they create.

The TENN Empties Its Nest for Another Year
Teknovation
It was a rainy, dreary Thursday evening outside The Standard at the Smith House in Downtown Nashville, but the upbeat, energetic mood inside was far different as nine teams, their supporters, the Directors of the regional accelerators, and others gathered for the finale for “The TENN” master accelerator program. The nine teams that comprised this year’s cohort had spent almost six months together, traveling 5,500 miles across the state as well as to California and New York to visit with investors and prospective customers. Thursday night was the culmination of all that they had learned in the jam-packed months and a celebration of their successes.

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