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November 12th, 2014

November 12th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Chattanooga Technology Council Announces Early Innovator Award Finalists
Chattanoogan.com
Three Chattanooga-area innovators have been selected by the Chattanooga Technology Council as finalists for the 10th Annual Early Innovator Award.  The finalists are the Beyond Right Now Technologies, Rapid RMS, and 3D Ops. These three innovators will be recognized at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Innovation Awards Luncheon on Wednesday and one will be named as the award recipient.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Nashville Software School Launches Evening Classes
Nashville Business Journal
The Nashville Software School, a program designed to train new developers to help meet Music City’s growing demand for tech talent, has announced plans for evening classes for beginners and professional development classes for existing software developers. The school’s founder John Wark has long discussed the idea of evening classes, which are now set to begin in January.

Experienced Local Video Game Developer to Launch First Independent Project
Nooga.com
After years in the industry and experience working with companies such as Nintendo, Chattanooga resident Jay Epperson is preparing for the independent launch of a new video game called “Sneaky Sneaky.” “You’re embodying this little anti-hero,” Epperson, who moved to the Scenic City in 2011, said. “It’s a stealth game. It’s about observation, being crafty and careful, and hiding and sneaking around—hence the title.”

Meet the Nashville Startup that Helps Book Some of Music’s Largest Acts
Nashville Business Journal
Wegusen is CEO of Kalatech, a Nashville-based startup that specializes in real-time, cloud-based software for the music business. In the case of Luke Bryan, Kalatech’s software helps manage his touring logistics, which is big business; Bryan’s tour ranked 21st on Pollstar’s 2014 midyear ranking of the top 100 North American Tours. 

Start Co. Companies Receive Funding
Memphis Business Journal
Four alumni of Start Co.’s latest group of accelerators have received a total of $387,000 in angel investments to help grow their companies. Cabsolutely and eDivv, which completed the Upstart accelerator, received $75,000 and $242,000, respectively. Cabsolutely is a cloud-based dispatch platform for taxi cab companies that allows customers to request a ride through a mobile app, while helping taxi companies improve passenger service with modern back-end technology.

What it Takes to Build a Startup City: 7 Mayors Promoting Entrepreneurship (feat. Chattanooga)
Entrepreneur
In its second year, the Kauffmann Foundation’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship saw mayoral attendance more than double from 16 to 39, signifying how city officials are more engaged in what’s working – and what’s not – when it comes to supporting local entrepreneurs, according to Jason Wiens, policy director at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

 

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