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May 24th, 2016

May 24th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Geeked Memphis Announces Hackathon to Tackle Recidivism
High Ground News

Geeked Memphis, a nonprofit launched early this year, is working with Goodie Nation to bring its nationally recognized programming to the Mid-South. Geeked Memphis intends to create a community to support and celebrate Memphis’ diverse entrepreneurs, creatives and makers. Through programming and events, Geeked Memphis seeks to “put Memphis on the map for inclusive innovation,” their mission reads.

Land Grant Films Latest of Nick Geidner’s Initiatives at UT
Teknovation
Land Grants Films is the latest manifestation of the passion that a University of Tennessee (UT) Assistant Professor of Journalism has for serving the community while also providing his students with opportunities to improve their skills. We first met Nick Geidner nearly two years ago when we were asked by one of his colleagues to write a teknovation.biz article on an initiative called the “Medal of Honor Project (MOH).”


Maritime Businessmen Move Growing Company to Chattanooga
Nooga.com
Entrepreneurs Corey Ranslem and Frank Fenner could have moved their company just about anywhere in the world, so they developed criteria they wanted a city to meet—which led them to Chattanooga. Their company, International Maritime Security Associates Inc., which has been in business for three years, provides regulatory and risk management consulting services to the maritime industry, cargo lines, cruise lines and large yachts. 


More than 120 Teams Apply for Program in Chattanooga to Build Next Generation Businesses
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Driver-less trucks, drones within warehouses and droids that deliver Jimmy John’s sandwiches. They all could be coming to Chattanooga this summer — or at least the developers of those ideas. More than 120 teams from around the world have applied to participate in a three-month accelerator program focused on the newest and best ideas in shipping and logistics. 


Medical Device Startup Founders Flock to Memphis for ZeroTo510 Cohort
Memphis Daily News
It was during a hospital stay for severe abdominal pain while Srinath Vaddepally was studying for his master’s degree that he got an idea for the product and company that would eventually bring him to Memphis. Through his first-hand experience, he came to the conclusion that the call button and process of flagging down a nurse isn’t always necessarily intuitive for patients staying in hospitals and nursing homes. 


Startup Retention: Will EdTech Entrant Coursicle be a Tennessee Keeper?
Venture Tennessee Connections
Tennessee accelerators attract interest from startups nationally and internationally, but after graduating from an accelerator those imported companies too often return home or go elsewhere. Potential example: Coursicle Inc. offers a college class search and scheduling tool with alert-notification and booksales functionality.


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