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May 4th, 2015

May 4th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Call to Artists/Tinkers for Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire
Nooga.com
The second annual Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Sept. 19, and organizers are hoping to entice even more artists, tinkers, crafters and hobbyists to participate. Applicants have until July 16 to submit their application online to be featured during the event. The event is a family-friendly showcase of the growing maker movement. It involves exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, performances and more that highlight inventiveness, creativity and resourcefulness. The original Maker Faire celebrated its ninth anniversary in San Mateo, California, in 2014.

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Experts Sought for LifeScienceTN Statewide Network
Venture Nashville Connections
Life science entrepreneurs-in-residence, mentors and other experts are being recruited to provide startup founders additional savvy and connections for their fledgling Tennessee businesses. Applications for a wide range of such advisory roles are being accepted immediately, said Jim Monsor, director of the new Life Science Tennessee (LSTN) Statewide Mentor Network.

Nashville CEOs Dominate EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Nominees for Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal
EY today announced the eight Tennessee finalists that will represent the Volunteer State in the company’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Southeast Program. According to a news release from EY, the accounting giant formerly known as Ernst & Young, the Tennessee candidates are:

Tech Goes Home Chattanooga Graduates First 72 Students
Chattanoogan.com
The Enterprise Center and Mayor Andy Berke awarded the first 72 Tech Goes Home Chattanooga participants with graduation certificates on Friday after eight weeks of course work targeted at teaching under-served communities digital literacy skills. The Tech Goes Home Chattanooga (TGH CHA) pilot program launched last February at six locations across the county as part of an increased focus on digital inclusion. The program was featured recently in Mayor Andy Berke’s State of the City address.

The Top Cities for Start-ups feat. Nashville & Jumpstart Foundry
CNBC
Nashville is no sad country song when it comes to entrepreneurs. Investopedia points to the Entrepreneur Center, which has partnered with Google to pair start-ups with incubators to help them grow. Jumpstart Foundry puts selected health-care start-ups through a mentorship program and gives them seed money with a focus on health care. Thirty-seven companies have gone through the Jumpstart program and gone on to raise $23 million “in follow-on capital.” In addition, Jumpstart says it helps established companies regain their original disruptive spirit, “because startups shouldn’t get to have all the fun.”

UTRF to Host One-Day “Opportunity Now” Event
Teknovation
The question posed on the webpage says it all: “Do you have a great invention idea, but just don’t know what to do next?” If the answer is “yes,” chances are you will be interested in registering for “Opportunity Now,” a first-of-its-kind event scheduled for June 2 on the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee (UT). The workshop, set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Facility, is hosted by the UT Research Foundation (UTRF).

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