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May 8th, 2015

May 8th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

HCA’s Parallon Joins Forces with Jumpstart Foundry’s Summer Conference
Nashville Business Journal
Health care accelerator Jumpstart Foundry has landed a notable partner for its inaugural summer industry conference, Health:Further. HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HCA) subsidiary Parallon Business Solutions will present the conference, planned for Aug. 19-20 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, with Parallon President Chris Taylor slated to serve as honorary chairman.

The Techstars Experience: GameWisp’s Story
Techstars
This is the third post in our new blog series, “The Techstars Experience,” with some thoughts from Michael Anderson, Co-Founder and CEO of Nashville-based GameWisp, a platform for gaming video creators and fans to interact around great content. Michael and his co-founders, Aaron Middleton, Andrew Wynans, and Eli Hooten, completed the Techstars Chicago program in 2014.

These Startups Are Trying to Change the Music Business by Disrupting It
Inc Magazine
With the backing of music industry executives whose clients include bands like Kings of Leon, it’s not hard to imagine the eight music startup founders gathered for a New York City showcase rising to stardom. At the closing event of accelerator Project Music’s 14-week boot camp, the entrepreneurs made their case for how their products would revolutionize the music industry.

Vanderbilt Seniors Launch Craigslist-like App, Bazaar
The Tennessean
April and May are busy packing months for Nashville college students changing dorms, leaving campus or leaving the city. That means plenty of discarding of books and household items. Two Vanderbilt students, graduates as of this weekend, have created an app called Bazaar that serves as a Craigslist tailored to college students. To post an item for sale or to access others’ listings, a student email — ending in “.edu” — is required.

YouScience Raises $3.9M Out of a $5M Round
Southern/alpha
YouScience has raised $3.9M, according to a release and according to a breaking story I wrote on the Nashville Post. YouScience, the edtech company that helps students set an education and career direction, announced a $3.9 Million raise out of a $5M round. CEO Philip Hardin and The Ball Foundation contributed $2.2 Million of the total raise, the release said. The $2.2M is recorded in SEC documents.

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