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May 13th, 2015

May 13th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Final Slate of Speakers Announced for 36|86 Conference
Launch Tennessee
AC Entertainment’s Ashley Capps, Andrew Mitchell of Brand Foundry Ventures, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Cat Clifford among final participants slated for Launch Tennessee’s celebration of Southern culture & entrepreneurship June 8-10 in Nashville. “This final set of speakers are an excellent addition on top of the 40+ speakers we have previously announced,” says Charlie Brock, CEO of LaunchTN. “This is an incredible lineup of speakers and the programming for 36|86 will not disappoint.”

Bodie Reflects on TekLinks’ Acquisition of Claris Networks
Teknovation
We first met Larry Bodie, then Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Claris Networks, LLC, nearly three years ago when we posted our first profile of him on teknovation.biz. During that interview, we were struck by the way he described his role at the company. In his mind, CEO meant “Culture Enforcement Officer.” Fast forward almost 36 months, and it is easy to see how the decision to be acquired by Birmingham-based TekLinks, Inc. was influenced by cultural similarities.

Civic Engagement: iCitizen Adds Mathematicians, CS Experts to Advance Political Transparency
Venture Nashville Connections
iCitizen, a Nashville startup, has added to its team a talented mathematician and has acquired GovGraph interactive data-visualization technology to support civic engagement and greater transparency in politics and government policy-making. CEO Russ Reeder confirmed today that Nashville-based iCitizen quickly pursued and completed the transaction, essentially intercepting a Kickstarter campaign for GovGraph.

Healthcare Market Maker Launches ChiroMarkets Aimed at Practice Partners
Southern/alpha
Today, Healthcare MarketMaker, recent Jumpstart Foundry graduate announced the launch of ChiroMarkets to serve the specific demands of chiropractors. According to a release, ChiroMarkets is the first online agnostic marketplace within the Healthcare MarketMaker suite of marketplaces. The company was a graduate of Jumpstart Foundry’s 2014 accelerator program at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and LaunchTN’s TENN Program, a master accelerator for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

Shareble Ink Raises $3M
Nashville Post
Clinical documentation company Shareable Ink has raised $3 million and plans to raise another $1 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, which is based in Nashville but also has an office in Boston, offered $4 million in convertible debt in April, and an undisclosed investor is behind the $3 million raise. Shareable Ink most recently raised $10.7 million of convertible debt in 2013.

Start Co. Announces New Accelerator Participants
Memphis Business Journal
Start Co. has launched its latest group of accelerators with a new roster of startups. There will be 11 startup teams participating in Seed Hatchery, which focuses on technology startups; Upstart, a women-led startup accelerator; and Sky High, which works with social impact tech startups. “We’re looking forward to building on last year’s successes to continue developing our programs to provide the best possible curriculum for our teams,” said Mara Lewis, managing director at Start Co.

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