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May 9th, 2016

May 9th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Nashville Business Journal
Nashville will play host to only one tech conference this summer, as the players in the great Southland fallout of 2014 have both found new homes. For Launch Tennessee, the public-private economic development group behind 36|86 (a descendant of Southland), that new home is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which CEO Charlie Brock said can accommodate a slightly larger crowd than the conference’s home for the past two summers, Marathon Music Works.

End-of-Life Care Services Growing in Nashville
The Tennessean
Well-known Nashville business leaders — and one famous country singer — are throwing their weight behind the palliative care industry. Palliative care is specialized medical treatment for patients with serious illnesses. Services can include treatment, care management and helping patients and families navigate the complicated health care industry during the end-stages of an illness.

Memphis Musician Loan Program Finds First Investment
Memphis Business Journal
The musicians loan program backed by the Memphis Slim Collaboratory and River City Capital Investment Corp. has made its first loan. A Slim’s Front Loan of $5,000 was made to Beale Street entertainer and Memphis native Eric Hughes. The loan program was launched in December after a poll asking how best to help member musicians. The maximum amount of the loan is $5,000 and carries a 5 percent interest rate for Memphis Slim Collaboratory members or a 3 percent rate for members who live in the Soulsville neighborhood.

Speakers Tell Inspiring Stories at Inaugural “Mad, Bad and Dangerous” Event
Teknovation
One speaker after another told an inspiring story about her entrepreneurial journey during Saturday’s“Mad, Bad and Dangerous” (MBD) event held in Downtown Knoxville. Women of all ages and ethnicities attended the first MBD held outside of Chattanooga where it was conceived at Girls Preparatory School and launched in 2015. For good measure, there was even a smattering of men at the Southern Railway Station on Depot Avenue and a good delegation of supporters from Chattanooga.

The 9th Annual Southeast US States-Canadian Provinces Conference to be Held in Nashville
Tennessee ECD
The 9th Annual Southeast US-Canadian Provinces (SEUS) Conference will be held May 2628, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. The conference theme is “Gaining Competitive Advantage to Sustain Economic Growth” and will focus on IT in three sectors: transportation, entertainment and healthcare. “I am excited that the SEUS-CP conference is being held in Nashville this year,” TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “There are over 73 Canadian companies located in Tennessee and we are grateful to have such a strong partnership with Canada. I look forward to attending SEUS-CP and growing our relationship with Canada.”

Vanderbilt University Welcomes 2nd Looks at its Older Patented Technologies
Venture Nashville Connections
Assistant Vice Chancellor Alan Bentley told Venture Nashville today that the VU Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization (CTTC), which he leads, welcomes approaches by experts and firms with deep domain knowledge and market savvy to review patented but unlicensed technologies that might have — notwithstanding the university’s usual review, perhaps a decade earlier — faded from CTTC’s radar.

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