Venture Nashville Connections
AMPLION Clinical Communications currently plans to build its sales and valuation ahead of any capital raise or exit, said David Condra, its founder, chairman and CEO. Near term, the company is focused on demonstrating significant organic growth from its relatively broad set of offerings “to win against the established nurse-call industry,” thereby increasing the value of the company, Condra told Venture Nashville.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Not even two years old, Co.Starters is expanding overseas. Five New Zealand municipalities are licensing the business development program, said Enoch Elwell, who founded Co.Starters under Chattanooga nonprofit organization Co.Lab. “We’ve had an incredible response for Co.Starters across New Zealand,” Elwell, 28, said. “We are looking forward to sharing the Chattanooga way … which has gotten the attention of an entire country because of our collaborative support for emerging businesses.”
Chattanooga Times Free Press
In 1906, Girls Preparatory School was started in Grace McCallie’s Oak Street home, in part, to prepare Chattanooga’s girls for the academic rigors of college in an era when most women were not expected to go to college. Autumn Graves, the new head of school hired last summer to lead GPS, is determined to build on the school’s trailblazing legacy for women — not just for GPS but for the Chattanooga community as a whole. “Our founders were really social entrepreneurs and we want to continue that vision to identify ways to help our girls become more entrepreneurial to play a key part in the future economy,” she says. “Entrepreneurship is a type of creative problem solving that we need to encourage and nurture for whatever type of career our graduates pursue.”
High Ground News
With help from one of the largest technology and consulting companies, Memphis is finding a solution to abate nonemergency calls to the Memphis Fire Department’s emergency medical services. Memphis is one of 16 cities across the globe to receive an IBM Smarter Cities grant which is valued at nearly $500,000 in ongoing consulting with IBM professionals. Streamlining EMS processes will result in a decrease in expenditures, response times and emergency waiting room stays, according to Abby Miller, Project Manager with the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and architect of the grant.
Nashville Business Journal
The newly-formed Nashville Fashion Alliance, the city’s first organized step towards building a sustainable fashion industry, passed its first big test this weekend. The nonprofit organization hit (and surpassed) its Kickstarter fundraising goal, which was $100,000. The campaign, which endedSaturday morning, secured $103,321 through 666 backers. The seed money will be used to fund programming and education events for Nashville’s growing roster of fashion industry workers, from skilled seamstresses to stylists and designers.
Entrepreneur Derelle Roshell, 19, found his passion for business as a high school student when participating in a LAUNCH program, and now he’s starting his second business—a security company. “I’ve always had an interest in law enforcement,” he said. “And I’ve always gone to events and noticed the gap between security and the crowd.” The business is called G-Force Security, and he is already talking with people who want his services. He needs to raise money to get a few business details in order, he said.
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