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November 11th, 2016

November 11th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

INCITE Portfolio Company | SignIX 
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Launch Tennessee is proud to have SIGNiX as one of our INCITE Portfolio companies. SIGNiX is the industry leader in providing an independent, cloud-based e-signature solution that makes signing documents online secure and legal for any organization.

Memphis’ Loaded for Bear Marketing Has Foot in France
The Commercial Appeal
A Memphis marketing executive emceed a contest this week at Paris’ Hotel Potocki  where 10 French businesses made three-minute pitches for a chance to win branding support to succeed in the U.S. market. Joel Halpern and his Loaded For Bear, the same young company that has guided the brands of Crosstown Concourse, Evans Petree law firm and Christian Brothers High School, aspires to take the stage in the French marketplace.


MomSource Network in Final Running to Win $50,000 in Ad Materials
Nooga.com
Area business MomSource Network has been selected as one of five finalists for Project BrandAid, which provides more than $50,000 in advertising materials to the winner. A panel of sponsors narrowed down entries to five worthy contenders, and the public can vote online to pick the top winner. MomSource Network is based in Knoxville but has a presence in Chattanooga and is part of Chattanooga-based The JumpFund’s portfolio.

Nashville Startup Bandtwango Offers Twist on Crowdfunding
The Tennessean
A Nashville startup aims to take crowdsourcing to the next level by offering artist development, marketing and other mentoring help to artists who use their service to fund their project. Bandtwango is aimed specifically at country artists. The service is the brainchild of Music Row veteran John Alexander and professional songwriter Carl Allocco. The Bandtwango cofounders prefer the term fan-funding over crowdsourcing. Like other funding websites, Bandtwango allows artists to seek donations from fans to fund their next creative endeavor. Fans get perks like early copies of the album or VIP access at a concert.

Team Tennessee MVPS Recap
TNECD
The 2016 Governor’s Conference has come and gone.  After months of strategizing and planning, we feel confident in saying that this was our best conference yet. It was by far the most attended conference to date and participants helped spread the theme of Team Tennessee throughout multiple levels of the Renaissance Hotel over the course of two days.

Vanderbilt’s The Wond’ry Symbolizes a Very Exciting Philosophy
Teknovation
Vanderbilt University’s The Wond’ry reflects the combining of two words – wonder and foundry, but the distinctive name of the new three-story structure the institution unveiled in a public grand opening Wednesday evening is symbolic of a very exciting philosophy. The 13,000 square foot facility, adjacent to the school’s Engineering and Science Building, is described as the epicenter for innovation and entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt. For several hours during the afternoon, we watched as hundreds of people – students, faculty, staff and those from the community including several individuals from Knoxville – toured the state-of-the-art space, obviously impacted by what they saw.

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