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May 11th, 2015

May 11th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

CBI Holds “CO.STARTERS Pitch Night”
Teknovation
It was pitch night last week for six of the seven entrepreneurs that comprised the latest cohort for the “CO.STARTERS” program held at the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) in Crossville.

High Profile National Tech Firms Expand Nashville Presence (By Charlie Brock)
The Tennessean
When officials from Uber, Eventbrite and Warby Parker give talks at next month’s 36|86 conference, Nashville will not be an unfamiliar destination. That’s because these nationally known, cutting edge firms have bet on Nashville as a growth market, opening offices and creating jobs in Music City. Representing these companies on stage will be Julia and Kevin Hartz, cofounders of Eventbrite; Lon Binder, chief technology officer for Warby Parker; Meghan Joyce, east coast general manager and Mark Rogowsky, communications team, both of Uber. All three of these major brands, and many more, set up shop here in the past year to 18 months.

Maker Spaces Give Tinkerers a Place to Create
Knoxville News Sentinel
Tinkering in the age of high technology can be an expensive undertaking, with modern “workbench” tools such as 3-D printers and laser cutters running into the thousands of dollars — way beyond buying a jigsaw at Home Depot for $50 or a drill press at Lowe’s for $100.

Smith & Nephew Acquires Interactive Software Technology from S2 Interactive
NASDAQ
Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, today announced the acquisition of two software assets from S2 Interactive, a surgical software development company. These important applications are utilised by Syncera, Smith & Nephew’s innovative, new, orthopaedic supply chain model for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centres (ASCs).

What The Kitchen’s Social Entrepreneurship Means for Memphis
High Ground News
This week, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Crosstown Concourse announced that Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, owners of The Kitchen, had inked two leases to bring their upscale farm-to-table chain to Memphis.

Why TN Business Owners Should Consider Selling Now
The Tennessean
There’s little room for modesty in Tennessee these days. It’s no secret that Nashville’s thriving economy and eclectic cultural scene have energized a similar narrative for the state at large. National business media have heralded Tennessee as a top place for conducting commerce of all kinds. For starters, Nashville’s considered the third best city for starting a small business according to MSN Money and a top city in Forbes’ list for young entrepreneurs. Even more, Tennessee has been named economic development “State of the Year” for the second year in a row by Business Facilities.

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