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March 9th, 2016

March 9th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

3-In-1 Toothbrush Wins LAUNCH’s Youth Entrepreneurship Competition
The Chattanoogan
After 13 groups of young entrepreneurs pitched their business plans at LAUNCH’s Youth Entrepreneurship Competition, 3-in-1 Toothbrush won the evening’s top prize. 3-in-1 Toothbrush is a “convenient toothbrush for travelers and people on the go where the toothbrush, toothpaste and floss are all contained in one unit,” thought of by L.E.R. Company, Lexis Parks, Edwrick Bishop, and Renus Evans from Brainerd High School. The first place title has earned them $2,500 in prize cash, which can be used towards starting their business or college expenses.

Arts-Focused Ignite Memphis Event Coming to Playhouse
Memphis Daily News
Playhouse on the Square in a few weeks will host a gathering of creatives and young Memphis professionals who share a love of the arts in Memphis. It’s a new version of the popular “Ignite Memphis” series of events, held regularly at popular hotspots around the city, during which a group of participants make quick-hit presentations on lots of different topics. And this time around, for the Ignite event on April 4, there’s a new focus.

Business, Art Collide in Startup
Nooga.com
Entrepreneur and Chattanooga native J.P. Cisco has a business background and a creative streak, and he’s combining those talents to start a new business called Palletz. The company is in its infancy, and it aims to showcase creations from local artists who use wood pallets as their canvases. “This is home and I have support here,” he said. “My dream since I’ve been small is to start my own business.”

Carmichael-Backed Tandum LLC’s Extended Seed Round Approaches $2MM
Venture Nashville Connections
Tandum LLC, the Nashville startup that offers mobile consumer ticketing and an event-management platform, today reported it has raised another $450K, moving it closer to the $2MM total Seed-capital mark. Co-Founder and Co-CEO Douglas Pace confirmed the raise for Venture Nashville, but declined to discuss a possible further Seed extension or a Series A raise for Tandum, which has an office on West End. Its earlier $1.4MM Seed raise was reported in 2014 here.

IQTalent Partners Attends 36|86 Meetup
IQTalent Partners
Last month, IQTalent Partners’ leadership attended Launch Tennessee’s annual 36|86 meetup held in the Eventbrite Headquarters in downtown San Francisco. 36|86, named for the longitudinal coordinates of Nashville, endeavors to unite investors, talent and opportunities that have some sort of connection to the growing startup community in the southeast.The event gave some of the startups from around Tennessee the opportunity to talk about their businesses and their unique place in the market, many of which were there seeking either additional funding or great people to join their companies. Tom Milic, Co-founder and Managing Director of IQTalent said that the event was one of the best networking opportunities he had ever been a part of…

Mike Bradshaw Radiates When Discussing “GIGTANK 365”
Teknovation
CO.LAB’s Mike Bradshaw always has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes, but there was an additional air of effervescence when we caught-up with him just days after the announcement of something called “GIGTANK 365.” It’s a significant change that CO.LAB’s Executive Director has been describing to us over the last year as his thinking has evolved. The change from a single accelerator to three a year is a reflection of the needs of and opportunities related to Chattanooga’s rapidly maturing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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